About Barbara Frye

Barbara L. Frye was the Tallahassee bureau chief for United Press International for 38 years until she died of cancer in 1982.

The first woman to work full time in the Florida Capitol Press Corps, Frye covered 11 governors, from Spessard L. Holland to Bob Graham. She reported dozens of legislative sessions and elections and sat through hundreds of “dreary governmental meetings.”

Frye earned a reputation as tough, fair and accurate. Her soft drawl often disarmed politicians into saying more than they should. She mentored many a young reporter.

She was elected to the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame in 1984 and was a member of the inaugural class of the Florida Press Association Hall of Fame in 1990. Said former Gov. LeRoy Collins: “She had a keen sense of right and wrong and steadfastly sought the right.”

— Sources: United Press International, Florida Press Association