Maureen Dowd

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Maureen Dowd is a well-known American writer who earned the Pulitzer Prize for her columns on the ‘Lewinsky scandal’ during Bill Clinton’s presidency. She began her career in journalism as an editing assistant for the ‘Washington Star,’ where she ascended through the ranks to become a sports reporter, feature writer, and metropolitan reporter. She later worked for the ‘Times’ magazine for a short time before becoming a correspondent for ‘The New York Times’ Washington bureau. She also contributed to ‘The New York Times’ Magazine’s ‘On Washington’ section. She then became an Op-Ed page contributor for ‘The New York Times.’ Her skillful, sharp commentary got her a loyal readership, making her a popular writer. She was known for her forceful pieces on politics and political people, and her clever, sharp analysis garnered her a loyal following, making her a popular writer. She’s also the author of the controversial ‘Are Men Necessary?’ and ‘Bushworld: Enter At Your Own Risk.’ ‘When Sexes Collide’ is a film about the collision of two sexes. She graduated from The Catholic University with a B.A. in English. She has received a number of honors and distinctions, including The Damon Runyon Award.

Childhood and Adolescence

Maureen Bridgid Dowd was born in Washington, D.C., to police inspector Mike Dowd and his wife, Peggy, on January 14, 1952. She is of Irish American origin and is a Roman Catholic.

She graduated from Immaculata High School in 1969. She moved on to The Catholic University, where she earned an English degree.

Career of Maureen Dowd

She started her career in media as an editing assistant for the ‘Washington Star’ in 1974. She went on to work as a metropolitan reporter, feature writer, and sports columnist for the newspaper.

She began working for the ‘Time’ magazine in 1981, after the ‘Washington Star’ closed down. She became a metropolitan correspondent for ‘The New York Times’ after two years.

She joined the Washington desk of ‘The New York Times’ in 1986 as a correspondent. She quickly gained a loyal readership thanks to her insightful and crisp writing talents.

She went on to cover presidential elections and work as a White House correspondent for ‘The New York Times.’ For ‘The New York Times’ Magazine, she published the piece ‘On Washington.’

She began writing pieces for the ‘New York Times’ Op-Ed page in 1995, after taking over for longtime columnist Anna Quindlen. She published eloquent articles about political people here.

She covered and reported about the Monica Lewinsky incident in 1998. She authored pieces about Bill Clinton’s impeachment and his infamous extramarital affair with Monica Lewinsky, a White House intern.

In 2003, she wrote a commentary for ‘The New York Times’ titled ‘Could Thomas Be Right?’ Her pieces ‘The Red Zone’ and ‘Rove’s Revenge’ were published in the same periodical the following year.

Her debut book, ‘Bushworld: Enter At Your Own Risk,’ was published in 2004. Her viewpoint on the George W. Bush administration was presented in the book.
Her book, ‘Are Men Necessary?’ was released on November 8, 2005. When Sexes Collide’ sparked debate and received mixed reviews from critics.

In 2006, she wrote a post for ‘The New York Times’ headlined ‘Obama’s Project Runway,’ in which she emphasized that he was featured in numerous fashion journals.

‘Why the Y?’, ‘Twisted Sister, and Brothers’, ‘Funny Girl,’ ‘Lost Art of Loyalty,’ ‘From Love Nests to Desire Surveillance,’ ‘A Dynasty to Duck,’ ‘Cat on a Hot Stove,’ ‘Pope Trumps President,’ and ‘A Mad Tea Party’ are just a few of her New York Times columns.

Achievements & Awards

Glamour magazine awarded her the title of “Woman of the Year” in 1996.
She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for ‘distinguished commentary’ in 1999.

She received the ‘Damon Runyon Award’ in 2000 for ‘excellent services to journalism.’
She spoke at The University of Texas at Austin’s Mary Alice Davis Lectureship in 2005.
She was placed 37th on The Daily Telegraph’s list of “America’s 100 Most Influential Liberals” in 2007.

Personal History and Legacy

One of her articles was accused of plagiarism in 2009. There were some similarities between her work and TPM editor Josh Marshall’s earlier published blog article.

Estimated net worth

The estimated net worth of Maureen Dowd is about $3 Million.


This Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and best-selling book are most known for her series of writings about the Clinton administration’s Monica Lewinsky incident.