(1857-1944) US journalist whose exposés of corruption in high places made her one of the most prominent “muckrakers” in the US. She was an editor and contributor to McClure’s Magazine 1894–1906. Her book The History of the Standard Oil Company 1904 sparked antitrust reform.
Born in Erie County, Pennsylvania, US, Tarbell was educated at Allegheny College and the Sorbonne, Paris, France, and became an editor of the Chautauquan 1883. Her autobiography, All in a Day’s Work, appeared 1939. From 1906 to 1915 she worked on the staff of the American Magazine.