Angelo, former editor of Pine Needles, the UNCG year book, graduated from UNCG (Woman’s College) in 1944 with a bachelor’s in art. Her journalism career led her to Newsday and then Time magazine. As the Washington Post reports, at a time when female journalists were not afforded the same respect and opportunities as men, Angelo’s fiery personality and commitment to the craft landed her a variety of stories with a focus on those in positions of political power.
Over more than half a century of journalism work, Angelo covered several U.S. presidents, school desegregation, the U.S.-Soviet space race, the career of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and the royal wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana. According to the News & Record, she served as president of the Women’s National Press Club and sat on the board of visitors of UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications. In 1983, she delivered the McIver Lecture. In 1975, she was UNCG’s Commencement speaker. In 1991, she received UNCG’s Distinguished Alumni Award.
She was a member of the N.C. Journalism Hall of Fame, and in 2001, she received an honorary degree from UNCG. The Bonnie Angelo MFA Program Endowment for the Department of Art is named for her.
She wrote the books “First Families: The Impact of the White House on Their Lives” (2005) and “First Mothers: The Women Who Shaped the President” (2000).