Pa. news pioneer Florence Sando Manson dies in NYC

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Posted: Nov 26, 2013 4:54 PM

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A pioneering female newscaster in radio and the early years of television journalism has died in New York City. Florence Sando Manson was 95.

Family members say Manson died Monday from complications related to dementia at her home in the Riverdale section of the Bronx.

Manson was a popular on-air personality in Pittsburgh from 1941 to 1959, when the industry was dominated by men. She broke out of the usual confines of gossip, homemaking and fashion coverage to deliver world news to a market that blanketed much of the East Coast.

She interviewed well-known public figures such as Eleanor Roosevelt and Louis Armstrong. Some of those programs are available at the Museum of Broadcasting in New York.

Manson is survived by her husband, two children and five grandchildren.