Maureen Dowd Biography, Life, Interesting Facts


Maureen Dowd

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January 14, 1952

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Maureen Dowd is an American liberal Columnist, Journalist, Newspaper Columnist, and a bestselling author. She is best known for the columnist part of her career, whereby she was awarded the Pulitzer’s award for her columns on `Lewinsky scandal’ during president Bill Clinton’s reign.

Also, she worked as a reporter with New York Times and was widely recognized. She is also a bestselling author and is the author of various books including `Bushworld; Enter at your own risk’ and `Are men necessary? When genders collide’. She has won many awards for example `the Damon Runyon Award.’

Childhood and Early Life

Maureen Bridgid Dowd was born on 14th January 1952, in Washington D.C. Her parents are Mike Dowd, who worked as a police inspector and Margaret Peggy. They are believed to have been of an Irish ancestry.  She attained her high school education at a school called Immaculate High school, completing her studies there in 1969. She then joined the Catholic University of America located in Washington, whereby she attained a Bachelor of Arts in English studies.



In 1974, Maureen Dowd got a job with the Washington Star, whereby she worked as an editorial assistant. Later, she diversified to working as a Metropolitan reporter, feature writer, and sports columnist. The Washington Star was closed in 1981, and she joined the New York Times as their Metropolitan reporter.

A bit later at around 1986, Maureen began working as the correspondent for Times Bureau. At this time, she had gained massive attention from readers, who noticed her incisive writing skills and loved her columns. Due to her reporting work, she received a Pulitzer’s prize in 1992. She was also awarded a matrix award in 1994 courtesy of New York women in communications.

In the year 1995, Maureen Dowd became a columnist for the New York Times. She got this position as a replacement of novelist Anna Quindlen. She grew in her career during her time here and won the Pulitzers’ award for distinguished commentary in 1999, and Damon’s Runyon awards the following year due to her journalism contributions.

On her column, she often wrote captivating articles on influential figures/individuals. In 1998, she wrote about the extramarital affair involving presidents Clinton’s infamous extramarital relationship, named the `Lewinsky Scandal,’ which was about his impeachment.

Maureen’s columns were often concerning politics, gender-related issues or Hollywood. On political columns, she used popular culture to support and enhance her political views. During her columnist career at the New York Times, some of her other famous columns include; `The red zone,’ ` Could Thomas be right,’ `Funny Girl,’ `Twisted sister and brothers,’ `A dynasty to duck’ and `rove’s revenge.’

Maureen Dowd came up with a book named `Bush world; enter at your own risk,’ which was published in the year 2005. The book advanced her criticism on President Bush’s administration. The next year, she published another book called `Are men necessary?; When sexes collide’. This book became which a major source of controversies and critic’s opinions. In the year 2005, she wrote a column about Barack Obama’s appearance in fashion magazines and was called `Obama Project Runway.’



  • Maureen Dowd was once accused of plagiarism by Talking point memo blogger for one of her columns but denied the accusation.
  • Many commentators have accused her of having the negative obsession towards the Clinton’s according to statistical evidence from her articles over time.


  • Maureen Dowd received `Woman of the Year’ award in 1996 by Glamour magazine
  • Maureen was awarded `Distinguished commentary’ award in 1999 by Pulitzer prize
  • She received `Damon Runyon award’ in 2000 for her journalism contributions
  • She was number 37 in daily telegraphs rankings of `Top 100 influential Liberals in America’.

Personal Life

Maureen Dowd is religious and attends Catholic Church. She dated a producer and film creator named Aaron Sorkin. Also, she had brief relations with actor Michael Douglas and columnist John Tierney.

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