Speak Up: Breaking the Glass Ceiling at CBS News

Rowman & Littlefield. May 2023. 192p. ISBN 9781538176405. $27. MEMOIR
With details about pivotal moments in current events and Emmy Award–winning Mason’s own behind-the-scenes stories of harassment, double standards, and more, this well-researched and smartly written book reads like a special edition of a magazine for news buffs. As one of the first women network news producers and the first woman one for CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite, Mason was—and remains—a trailblazer, whose 50 years (47 spent at CBS) in journalism helped pave the way for women. In sharing her story, she shows exactly what she had to do and navigate to achieve success at CBS. She infuses stories about her life and her ambition with dramatic accounts of globally significant moments, such as Dan Rather’s interview with Fidel Castro. Readers will learn how deeply entwined her identity is with the news reports she helped tell to the world.
VERDICT This book ranks as a powerful reminder of the resilience it takes for women to rise professionally in spaces traditionally reserved for men.
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