Maureen Dowd, winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary, became a columnist on The New York Times Op-Ed page in 1995 after having served as a correspondent in the paper's Washington bureau since 1986. She has covered four presidential campaigns and served as White House correspondent. She also wrote a column, On Washington, for The New York Times Magazine.
In a rare instance of making headlines instead of writing them, Dowd was named one of Glamour's Women of the Year for 1996. But Dowd isn't all glitz and glamour, Dowd joined The New York Times as a feisty metropolitan reporter in 1983. She began her career in 1974 as an editorial assistant for The 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.
Known for her witty, incisive and often acerbic portraits of the powerful, Dowd began her career at The New York Times as a metropolitan reporter in October 1983, and in 1992 was a Pulitzer prize finalist for national reporting. She would not win her Pulitzer until 7 years later.
Born in Washington DC, Dowd received a BA degree in English literature from Catholic University in Washington, DC in 1973.