Maureen Dowd

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Journalist(1952–)
Maureen Dowd is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and op-ed columnist who has written for The New York Times and Time Magazine.

Synopsis

Maureen Dowd was born on January 14, 1952 in Washington, D.C. She graduated from D.C.'s Catholic University in 1973 and served as an editorial assistant for the now-defunct Washington Star. She wrote for Time magazine, before beginning her career with The New York Times. In 1995, Dowd moved to the Times Op-Ed page and received the Pulitzer Prize for her columns on the impeachment of Bill Clinton.

Profile

Journalist. Born January 14, 1952 in Washington, D.C. The youngest of five children, Maureen Dowd grew up in Washington D.C. where her father was a police inspector. She graduated with a degree in English literature from D.C.'s Catholic University in 1973 and set out to become a journalist.

Soon after graduation, Dowd served as an editorial assistant for the now-defunct Washington Star, gradually working her way up to reporting and feature writing. She wrote for Time magazine for a couple years before beginning her career with The New York Times as a metropolitan reporter. In 1986, she became the paper's Washington correspondent, and her sharp, incisive commentary earned a loyal following.

Dowd covered four presidential campaigns while serving as White House correspondent and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for national reporting in 1992. She also wrote a column, "On Washington," for The New York Times Magazine. In 1995, Dowd moved to the Times Op-Ed page, where her widely popular column cut powerful political figures down to size. In 1999, she received the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary for her columns on the impeachment of Bill Clinton after his affair with Monica Lewinsky.

Dowd has published two books, 2004's Bushworld: Enter at Your Own Risk and 2005's Are Men Necessary?: When Sexes Collide.

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