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From Today in Media History’s archives: Ida Tarbell’s 1902-1904 investigative series on corruption at the Standard Oil Company

Today in Media History is taking a break for the holidays. During that time, we’re sharing some popular posts from Today in Media History’s archives. This post originally ran on Nov. 5.

Investigative journalist Ida Tarbell was born on November 5, 1857. She is best remembered for her 19-part McClure’s Magazine series, that began in 1902, about corruption at the Standard Oil Company.

The series, which later became a book, is considered one of the great investigative pieces of the 20th century.

“One of the crusading journalists labeled ‘muckrakers’ by President Teddy Roosevelt, Tarbell was the lone woman among such illustrious reporters as Upton Sinclair, Lincoln Steffens, Peter Finley Dunne and others.

….Tarbell wrote on a wide range of topics from Paris for American newspapers, and her ‘syndicate’ kept her afloat for three years of great adventures starting from her base in the Latin Quarter. But an encounter with Samuel C.

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from Poynter. http://www.poynter.org/news/mediawire/307107/from-today-in-media-historys-archives-ida-tarbells-1902-1904-investigative-series-on-corruption-at-the-standard-oil-company/

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