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Doris O’Donnell, 1921–2015

Sep 30th, 2015

Doris E. (O’Donnell) Beaufait died Sunday, September 27, 2015, age 94. In 2006 Doris authored Front Page Girl, published by The Kent State University Press.

Doris grew up in Cleveland. From the time she was a young girl, she knew that she wanted to be a journalist. In 1944 she joined the Cleveland News where she met fellow journalist and future husband, Howard Beaufait. In 1960 she joined the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Doris made her mark covering the courts, organized crime, police and local politics. Brent Larkin of The Plain Dealer called her ‘the first female superstar reporter.’ In 1984, she was inducted into the Press Club of Cleveland Hall of Fame. Doris is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Howard. 

Published in The Plain Dealer.

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