nellie bly

"But the month of roses has not brought many into my life,"

Personal Life

Famed investigative journalist Nellie Bly was born Elizabeth Jane Cochran (she later added an "e" to the end of her name) on May 5, 1864, in Cochran's Mills, Pennsylvania, a town founded by her father, Michael Cochran, who amply provided for his family by working as a judge and landowner

As A Reporter

Nellie Bly sailed around the world in 72 days. She left New York on November 14, 1889. The New York World, The Paper she was working for at the time, had a contest to see who could guess the exact time it would take her to go all the way around the world. She did it in 72 days, 6 hours, 11 minutes, and 14 seconds.



Elizabeth Jane Cochrane received very little formal schooling when she was young. She grew up and landed her first job as a journalist in 1885 at the age of 18. She obtained this job by sending an angry letter to an editor that had printed an article entitled "What Girls are Good For" in the Pittsburgh Dispatch. The editor was so impressed with the way she wrote the response, that he hired her on the spot.

Elizabeth Cochrane chose the name Nellie Bly used as a pen name when she wrote articles for the Pittsburgh Dispatch. She picked this name out when she heard it in a Steven Foster Song.

Nellie Bly wrote many articles on the life of women and she went to Mexico and reported on the condition of the poor in the country. In result though, Mexico didn’t like this and kicked her out of the country.

A few years later she left the Pittsburgh Dispatch and was hired by the New York World newspaper. Nellie took a role as an undercover reporter for this paper. She pretended to be insane and got into an asylum on Blackwell’s Island, an institution for the mentally ill. In this institution she took note on the treatment of the patients and published it in the New York World. This led to a investigation of the asylum. She did this also with sweatshops, jails, and legislatures.

National History Day Documentary 2009- Nellie Bly

Pen Name

Wednesday, Jan. 27th 1864 at 1pm to Friday, Jan. 27th 1922 at 3pm

This is an online event.

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