First female foreign correspondent in Moscow dies

Shelley Rohde, journalist, broadcaster, author and authority on LS Lowry has died, aged 74, after a 10-year battle with cancer.

After leaving school at 16 with no qualifications she began her journalistic career at the weekly Notts Free Press in Sutton-in-Ashfield. From there she moved to The Star in London, before it merged with the Evening News. She soon joined the Daily Express, then the headiest place to work in Fleet Street.

Under the editorship of Arthur Christiansen, Shelley was appointed the first woman foreign correspondent in Moscow, at the age of 21.

Her courage while covering the Hungarian revolution is recorded in James Michener’s novel The Bridge at Andau. Shelley and other reporters were waiting at the bridge to interview refugees fleeing to Austria. They heard a baby cry; Shelley crossed the bridge, risking being shot from the Russian watchtowers, followed the cries and brought baby and family to safety.

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