Maureen Dowd was appointed a columnist of The New York Times's Op-Ed page in January 1995 after having served as a correspondent in its Washington bureau since August 1986. There, she covered two Presidential campaigns and served as White House correspondent, gaining a wide following of admirers and imitators for her witty, incisive and acerbic portraits of the powerful. She also wrote a column, "On Washington," for The New York Times Magazine.
Ms. Dowd joined The Times as a metropolitan reporter in October 1983. She began her career in 1974 as an editorial assistant forte Washington Star, where she later became a sports columnist, metropolitan reporter and feature writer. When the star closed in 1981, she went to Time magazine.
A Pulitzer Prize finalist for national reporting in 1992, Ms. Dowd received the Breakthrough Award from "Women, Men and Media" at Columbia University in 1991 and a Matrix Award from New York Women in Communications in 1994. She was named one of Glamour's Women of the Year for 1996.
Born in Washington, D.C., on January 14, 1952, Miss Dowd received a BA. degree in English literature from Catholic University (Washington) in 1973.
Ms. Dowd lives in Washington.