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We wanted to be Billie Newman: WriteLane podcast

Lane DeGregory and Maria Carrillo talk about early inspiration from Lou Grant’s newsroom.

Back in the late 1970s, one of the most popular shows on TV was Lou Grant, who ran a fictional Los Angeles newspaper. My editor, Maria Carrillo, and I both longed to be bad-ass female reporters -- just like the only woman in that newsroom. Recently, we watched a few episodes with young female reporters from our newsroom -- who had never heard of our idol. (“Who knew there was a time when suitcases didn’t have wheels?”)

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Watch an early Lou Grant episode here: Season 1, episode 4

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