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Maureen Brigid Dowd (born January 14, 1952) is an American columnist for The New York Times and an author. During the 1970s and the early 1980s, Dowd worked for Time magazine and the Washington Star, where she covered news and sports and wrote feature articles.
Dowd joined The New York Times in 1983 as a Metropolitan Reporter, and became an op-ed writer for the newspaper in 1995.
In 1999, Dowd was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for her series of columns on the Monica Lewinsky scandal in the Clinton administration.
Dowd formerly dated Aaron Sorkin, the creator and producer of The West Wing. She has also been briefly connected with the actor Michael Douglas and is an ex-companion of her fellow New York Times columnist John Tierney.
Early life and career
Dowd was born the youngest of five children in Washington, D.C. Her mother, Margaret "Peggy" (née Meenehan), was a housewife, and her father, Mike Dowd, worked as a Washington, D.C. police inspector. In 1969, Dowd graduated from Immaculata High School. In 1973, she received a B.A. in English from the Catholic University of America.
Dowd entered journalism in 1974 as a dictationist for the Washington Star, where she later became a sports columnist, metropolitan reporter, and feature writer. When the Star closed in 1981, Dowd worked for Time. In 1983, Dowd joined The New York Times, initially as a metropolitan reporter. Dowd began serving as correspondent in the Times Washington bureau in 1986.
In 1991, Dowd received a Breakthrough Award from Columbia University. In 1992, she became a Pulitzer Prize finalist for national reporting, and in 1994 she won a Matrix Award from New York Association for Women in Communications.