Newspaperwoman of the Ozarks: The Life and Times of Lucile Morris Upton

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Center for Missouri Studies

605 Elm St.

Columbia, Mo.



Before the word Ozarks was synonymous with the idea of goofy hillbillies, fast boats, and family vacations, it was a place where real people lived their lives day-to-day and learned about the world from their local newspapers. A budding journalist in 1923, Lucile Morris Upton wrote stories of the Ozarks. She would rub shoulders with presidents, fly with aviation pioneer Wiley Post, cover the worst single killing of U.S. police officers in the twentieth century, write an acclaimed book on the vigilante group known as the Bald Knobbers, and chart the growth of tourism in the Ozarks. One hundred years later, author Susan Croce Kelly brings Upton’s life to a new generation in her latest book that captures the excitement of being on the front lines of newsgathering and the development of the Ozarks. Kelly's latest book on Upton is available in the Richard Bookstore inside the Center for Missouri Studies and online:

Please join us and learn more about Lucile Morris Upton and other fearless female journalists as we celebrate Women's History Month in March!