Who is Nellie Bly?

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Nellie Bly, born Elizabeth Cochrane in 1864, was a renowned journalist, adventurer, and human rights advocate. In 1887, on a special assignment from newspaper mogul Joseph Pulitzer, Bly went undercover at the infamous Blackwell's Island Lunatic Asylum in New York. Her ten days in the asylum brought to light the harsh and cruel treatment of patients, and Bly's subsequent expose on the conditions of the asylum brought about the first reforms in mental health care, gave Nellie Bly national recognition, and led to the publishing of her book, "Ten Days in a Madhouse."