Vivian Castleberry, Pioneering Dallas Journalist Who Empowered Women, Dies at 95

In three decades as a pioneer who punched holes in stodgy notions about what a woman journalist could do, Vivian Anderson Castleberry was a mentor, a first-rate reporter and an agent of social change.When she ​started her career, most of the few women in the business worked for "the women's pages," peddling wedding announcements, recipes and club activities. Castleberry successfully pushed her editors to let her write about taboo subjects like marital happiness and breast cancer.Castleberry, whose career spanned 28 years at the Dallas Times Herald, did it all while juggling the demands of her work with raising five children."She was known throughout Dallas as a doer and a goer," said Karen Klinefelter Blair, who worked for Castleberry at the Herald. "Vivian didn't waste any time."Her efforts helped usher issues such as breast cancer, disabilities and domestic abuse into mainstream discussions.Castleberry, 95, died Wednesday of breast cancer complications. She had been diagnosed in 2012.  Continue reading...

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