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Occidental College Student and Young Journalist
Bessie Beatty, a Southern California native, matriculated at Occidental College in 1903. She wrote for the Aurora and the Occidental, predecessors of the modern Weekly. She also participated in the Witenagemot Literary, a popular student organization at the time. As a sophomore, she was elected vice president of her class. She was already involved in journalism beyond Occidental as a reporter for the Los Angeles Herald. She never completed her senior year; instead she spent the time in Nevada reporting on a miners’ strike for the Herald, after which she wrote the book, Who’s Who in Nevada.
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