Beth Fallon, Pioneer Journalist, Dies at 64

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Beth Fallon, a veteran New York journalist who was the first woman to be a newspaper’s bureau chief at City Hall, has died. She was 64.

Fallon died at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx on Saturday after a long illness, said Pat Smith, a family spokesman.

Born in Hartford, Conn., she earned a degree from St. Elizabeth’s College there and worked for several years as a staff reporter at the Hartford Courant, before joining the Daily News, covering politics and other stories. In 1974, she was named the paper’s City Hall bureau chief, the first female to hold that position for any media organization.

In later years, Fallon wrote a column for the News and then one for the New York Post. In 1988, she was elected president of The Inner Circle, an association of political and government reporters in New York who stage an annual satirical revue lampooning themselves and the officials and agencies they cover.

She was the wife of Maurice Carroll, a former reporter for The New York Times and Newsday, who now runs the Quinnipiac University Poll, a public opinion survey on politics, elections and public issues, at the university in Hampden, Conn. They were married at City Hall in 1976 by then-Mayor Abe Beame.

Viewing will be at the Frank Campbell Funeral Home at 1076 Madison Ave. on Monday and Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. A funeral Mass has been scheduled for Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church, 213 W. 82nd St.

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