12/01/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Edith Evans Asbury, Veteran New York Times Reporter, Dies At 98

Edith Evans Asbury, an award-winning reporter for The New York Times who routinely covered hard news in an era when most of her female colleagues were consigned to writing about white-gloved society luncheons, died on Thursday at her home in Greenwich Village. She was 98.

A friend, Barbara Ross, confirmed the death, saying Ms. Asbury had been in declining health for the last two years.

In a career that began in 1929 and lasted more than half a century, Ms. Asbury made it clear from the start that covering quivering aspic was not for her. Over the years, she interviewed some of the leading newsmakers of the 20th century, among them Amelia Earhart, Margaret Sanger and Georgia O'Keeffe.

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