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Reflecting On The First Woman TV News Star

Before Katie Couric and Diane Sawyer, there was Nancy Dickerson. In 1960, Dickerson broke through TV journalism's all-male fortress to become the first female reporter on television. In his book On Her Trail: My Mother, Nancy Dickerson, the first female TV news star's youngest son, John Dickerson, chronicles his mother's impressive career and her troubled family life.

Read an excerpt here and listen to President's secret phone call with Nancy Dickerson here.

This piece originally aired Oct. 19, 2006. John Dickerson is chief political correspondent for Slate.com.

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