In 1960s Sayville, Long Island, no woman editor had ever run the hometown paper.
Then Mary Lou Cohalan and her friend Joann O’Doherty took over the Suffolk County News.
What followed was a crash course in journalism, politics, and crisis management set against the Vietnam War and the rapidly expanding suburbs in the town of Islip.
Mary Lou details her story on Episode 69 of the Long Island History Project. Listen to the Podcast here.
The Long Island History Project is a podcast featuring stories and interviews with people passionate about Long Island history. It is co-hosted by librarian Chris Kretz and Connie Currie, president of the Sayville Historical Society.
Photo of The old Suffolk County News building.