Ruth Hale

Ruth Hale

(1887 – 1934) Hale entered Hollins Institute at age 13 (her name while here was Lillie Ruth Hale) and stayed two years. A determined, ambitious, and talented writer, Hale worked as a reporter, sportswriter, critic (according to The New York Times, she was the “first female movie critic”), and drama publicist. She was also a feminist and activist. She and her husband, Heywood Broun, one of America’s most popular and influential newspaper columnists during the 1920s and ’30s, were among the founding members of the Algonquin Round Table. Their son, Heywood Hale Broun, became a well-known CBS sports correspondent in the 1960s and ’70s.