Born into a military family, Lois Lane spent much of her childhood traveling the world with her father, mother, and two younger sisters. An avid reader and writer, Lois showed aptitude and interest in journalism early on. She attended Metropolis University, graduating with honors, and she proved to be tenacious and assertive in her first years as a journalist.
Perry White, editor in chief of the Daily Planet, Metropolis' second-rate newspaper, found himself harassed each morning by the young Lois, who promised to help the newspaper to the number one spot.
White eventually gave in, and Lois was true to her word. Over the course of five years, thanks to a regular column showcasing Lois investigative reporting, the Daily Planet's readership reached record levels.
Lois Lane's reputation and acclaim went unrivaled within the Daily Planet until a previously unheard-of reporter from Smallville joined the staff. To Lois' chagrin, Perry assigned Clark Kent as her new partner.
Lois was secretly quite impressed with her mild-mannered partner's investigative skills, but kept him at a distance and treated him more like a competitor than a colleague.
Clark managed to secure an exclusive series of stories about the inner workings of Lexcorp, but Lois quickly regained the upper hand, winning a Pulitzer Prize for her coverage of Metropolis' newest hero, a strange visitor from another world, the man Lois called 'Superman'.