A Florida resident since the age of 12, she began her media career with radio station WSUN in St. Petersburg in 1932. She wrote soap opera scripts and had her own movie show. A year later, she married Tom Greene. She left radio to take care of her family and working for her husband’s advertising business. It was a miserable marriage, she says. It ended after 17 years, leaving her financially and emotionally drained. She was a single mother with three children.
She worked for the women’s pages at the Orlando Sentinel from 1950 to 1957. In 1955, she married her second husband, Joe Rukenbrod, a fellow reporter at The Orlando Sentinel.
Her big moment came in 1957 when she became the women’s editor and columnist at the Fort Lauderdale News – Rukenbrod joined her at the News. (Her witty column, “AhMen,” was a popular column for 17 years.) She won several Penney-Missouri Awards for her progressive content. Her groundbreaking approach led to a full-page article in Editor & Publisher in the 1960s. She remained at the News until 1976.
Because of her urging, the Women in Distress program began a domestic violence center, a school for the deaf was expanded, and Meals on Wheels improved the lives of the homebound. She was good friends with Marie Anderson, Marj Paxson and Maggie Savoy - mentioned in earlier posts.
Here's a link to an article describing Edee as a nationally known editor.