Nellie Bly: Detective Reporter
Grades: 6 - 8

Video Description: New November 2022! Novelist Louisa Treger shares the life story of Nellie Bly that formed the beginning of her journalistic career as well as the foundation of Treger’s fictionalized biographical novel about Nellie.

Type of Video: Segment*
Unique Video ID: Biography-23**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Use the video in conjunction with an activity focused on students creating a fictionalized biography of a historic figure of their choice.
  • During the video, Ms. Treger discusses the expectations for women at the time of Nellie Bly and how she chose to blaze her own trail. Use the video as you explore American life in the late 19th century. What were the expectations for women? How were the marginalized treated? Use the video as you discuss the “muckraker” movement in American history.


*Segment videos are short excerpts edited from interviews or interactive programs that offer flexible and differentiated ways to use the rich content included in the full-length conversation.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.