News is My Job

Edna Lee Booker

A Correspondent in War-Torn China

One of the first women journalists in China, Edna Lee Booker arrived in 1922 and threw herself into the story, snagging a number of exclusive interviews with warlords and also with Sun Yat-sen and Mao Tse-tung. She worked on the Shanghai newspaper, China Press, and was also the Shanghai stringer for the International News Service, InterNews. Her book, a best-seller on publication in 1940, is re-printed with an introduction by her daughter, Patty Luce Chapman.