Cook started her career at the Minneapolis Star Tribune. She later left and started working at the New York Herald Tribune. Cook later worked for two years as women's editor at The Detroit News. Cook eventually started working for The New York Times in 1959 where she worked until her retirement in 1991.
Cook was one of seven named plaintiffs in a class action Title VII sex discrimination lawsuit against the Times that was filed in 1974. Cook served as head of the Times unit of the New York Newspaper Guild labor union and was only the second woman ever elected to the post. Cook also served as President of the Silurians which is the oldest Press Club in New York.
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