Carpenter, White House
In the fall of 2002,1 was glancing through my local (read: chain) newspaper when a brief story about an older news photographer dying alone and destitute in St. Paul, Minnesota, grabbed my attention. The story hurt my heart, as short on details as it was.
A “good old girls” network of journalists went to work to locate a longer story, and indeed found it. Marion Carpenter may have died alone, in the cold, but not in vain. Marion Carpenter was one of the first female members of the White House News Photographers' Association during Harry Truman's term as President, and her strong presence as a female pioneer in journalism and mass communications is starting to emerge. We wanted to do our part here to make it happen.
What follows is the exact text of Nick Coleman's initial story about Marion Carpenter. Coleman is a St. Paul Pioneer Press columnist who also wrote a follow-up story March 8,2003, on Carpenter after an estranged son of 35 years was located, at about the same time that an estate appraiser found that Carpenter had a sizable collection of collectibles and antiques.