Gilliam experienced one challenge after another. Her fellow reporters barely acknowledged her existence. She could not eat lunch at any of the nearby restaurants due to segregation. And catching a cab back to the office to file her articles on time proved almost impossible.
Nevertheless, she persisted. Gilliam recounts those stories and many others in her new book, Trailblazer: A Pioneering Journalist's Fight to Make the Media Look More Like America, out now on Center Street/Hachette Book Group.