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Brenda Starr, Girl Reporter, Laid Off Like The Rest Of Us

After 70 years in journalism, trailblazing comic strip character Brenda Starr is retiring. The red haired reporter got her start in the pages of the Chicago Tribune back in 1940, when female reporters of the flesh and blood persuasion were few and far between. Starr leaves the profession far more inclusive than she found it – according to the American Society of News Editors, women now make up about 37% of American newsrooms.

NPR has details on the girl reporter’s retirement:

Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich and artist June Brigman said they’ve decided it was time to end their work on the seven-day-a-week strip which appears in about three dozen newspapers. The final episode of the soap opera cartoon created by the late Dale Messick will be published Jan. 2.

“It’s been an incredible privilege to be able to live life through this medium all these years,” said Schmich, who has written the comic for 25 years. “I’m a reporter, above all, so I always use Brenda in a funny way to report things.”

Here’s hoping for a generous severance package.

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Brenda Starr To File Final Report In Early January

Since her debut in a June 1940 issue of a Chicago Tribune comic book insert, Brenda Starr has been involved in countless adventures and romances.  Today we learned the intrepid reporter will write her final byline early next year.  Brenda Starr writer Mary Smirch and illustrator June Brigman will print the final episode on Jan. 2.  Smirch has authored Starr’s escapades for the last 25 years.

Brenda Starr was created by Dale Messick and, according to a Chicago Tribune report, his redheaded brainchild appeared in over 250 U.S. newspapers at its peak in the 1950s.  Although Tribune Media Services will end Starr’s career in January, the first collection of Brenda’s daily and Sunday strips will be made available in June 2011.