Elizabeth Cochrane

Nellie Bly, aka Elizabeth Cochran, was a groundbreaking investigative reporter and later head of the Iron Clad Manufacturing Co. 

She was born on May 5, 1864 in Cochran's Mills, Pennsylvania, and died of pneumonia at the age of 57 in New York City

Although she was able to write some sensational stories at her time at the Pittsburgh Dispatch, including a series that was put together into a book, titled Six Months in Mexicoshe left Pittsburgh for New York City in 1887 and soon began working for Joseph Pulitzer's the New York World. Her first ever exposé was compiled into the book, Ten Days in a Mad House, documenting her experience living in Blackwell Island Asylum for ten days. 

 

(NELLIE AND THE WOMEN OF BLACKWELL is adapted from this very book)

her exposé was so shocking that it sparked a city wide investigation of its medical practices, which led to medical reforms in the city, and the eventual closing of all the asylums in New York City. This exposé brought to Nellie Bly considerable fame and acclaim. 

In the very next year, Nellie Bly went on another quest to prove that the novel Around the World in Eighty Days, by Jules Verne can be done in reality. She documented her travels in a book, titled Around the World in Seventy-Two Days 

Nellie Bly was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1998