“Who’s the mother?” — Homer Bigart, renowned war correspondent for The New York Herald Tribune, on learning that Marguerite Higgins, The Herald Tribune’s other equally renowned war correspondent, was pregnant.
In case you hadn’t guessed, they did not get along. This did not stop them from winning a Pulitzer Prize together for their coverage of the Korean War. Bigart later wrote of Higgins,
“When I came out I thought I was the premier war correspondent and I thought that she, being the Tokyo correspondent, ought to be back in Toyko. But she didn’t see things that way. She was a very brave person, foolishly brave. As a result, I felt as though I had to go out and get shot at occasionally myself. So I resented that.”