Maureen Orth


Maureen Orth was born in Berkeley, California, United States on January 26th, 1943 and is the Journalist. At the age of 81, Maureen Orth biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

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January 26, 1943
United States
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Berkeley, California, United States
81 years old
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University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Los Angeles
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Maureen Orth Life

Ann Orth (born January 26, 1943) is an American tabloid journalist, writer, and a Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair magazine.

She is Tim Russert's widow and also the founder of Marina Orth Foundation, which has developed a pioneering education program in Colombia emphasizing Technology, English, and leadership.

Early life and education

Mauen Orth grew up in the Bay Area of California, daughter of Helen (Pierotti) Orth and Karl Orth. Christina Orth and the late Dan Orth are two of her two siblings.

Orth attended Alameda High School. She earned a degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, where she graduated in 1964 with a degree in political science. Orth, a Berkeley, was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority.

She spent her time in Medell, Colombia, from 1964 to 1966, following her graduation from college. Orth obtained a master's degree in journalism and documentary film from UCLA in 1969.

Family and personal life

Orth lives in Washington, D.C. She married political journalist Tim Russert, who she met at the 1980 Democratic National Convention in 1983. When Russert died on June 13, 2008, he was the Washington bureau chief of NBC News and moderator of Meet the Press. Luke Russert, their son who was born in August 1985, is a former NBC News correspondent.

Orth is the dedicatee of her friend Larry McMurtry's Pulitzer Prize-winning book Lonesome Dove.

She has served on the Executive Board of University of California, Berkeley, and has been a Trustee of the University of California, Berkeley, Foundation since 2010. Orth has served on the boards of Internews and the National Council of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers.

Orth and her family have been holidaying on Nantucket Island since 1993, where their neighbors included television actress Fred Rodgers.

Orth has been an outspoken supporter of the Peace Corps. She produced a series of video postcards recognizing the Peace Corps's 50th anniversary.


Maureen Orth Career


Orth spent time in Washington, D.C., and assisted with the House Select Subcommittee Environmental Education Act, which occurred in conjunction with the first Earth Day.

Orth began her journalism in San Francisco in 1970, covering San Francisco Examiner's counterculture. Author Alex Haley influenced her. She began as the West Coast correspondent of The Village Voice in 1971 and later freelanced for the Los Angeles Times and Rolling Stone.

Orth joined TVTV, a pioneering video company that had won a PBS grant to cover both the Republican and Democratic Conventions in Miami, Florida. The resulting films used 12 inch Sony portapack videotape for the first time on the convention floor.

Orth was born in 1973 and moved to New York. “Suffer the Little Children—The American Child-Care Disgrace,” she wrote for the Ms. Magazine front page.

Orth was hired as one of the first female journalists for Newsweek, covering music, books, and movies. She was one of the early supporters of a 1970 lawsuit alleging that the newsroom discriminated against women. Orth wrote eight cover stories in five years on topics including Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, and The Godfather Part II. She was the first journalist to cover Apocalypse Now in the Philippines, because it was the only journalist to do so.

During the filming of Seven Beauties in 1975, Orth took a brief leave of absence from Newsweek to be the assistant to director Lina Wertmuller, in Italy. This film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. In an article for the magazine, she later wrote about the experience.

Orth asked to be sent to Memphis, Tennessee, to cover Elvis Presley's death when it first broke in August 1977. She ended up writing the first news article arguing that Presley's official cause of death may not have been a heart attack. She was a contestant on The Gong Show and wrote about it for the magazine.

Orth was a senior editor at New York and New West Magazines between 1978 and 1980. She was the chief reporter of Newsweek Woman on Lifetime Television from 1981-1982. She worked for NBC News from 1983 to 1984. Orth was a contributing editor at Vogue from 1984 to 1989, as well as a columnist for New York Woman from 1986 to 1990. She has worked for the New York Times, Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal.

Orth has been writing for Vanity Fair since 1988 and has served as a Special Correspondent for the magazine since 1993. Among the heads of state she has interviewed are Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Argentinaian President Carlos Menem, and Irish President Mary Robinson. Orth's first interview with Thatcher came just months after he had left office.

Orth travelled to Central Asia shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States, to look at the links between drugs and terrorism for a piece titled "Afghanistan's Deadly Habit."

Orth has prosecuted pedophile priest Paul Shanley. The Laci Peterson murder was included in the Laci Peterson series as well. Orth has written articles about Tom Cruise and Scientology, Madonna, Tina Turner, Karl Lagerfeld, and Conrad Black.

Ingrid Betancourt's hostage rescue in November 2008 was chronicled in a piece titled "Inside Colombia's Hostage War" by Elda Neyis, Colombia's most popular FARC female rebel, as she wrote about her Colombian hostage rescue Elda Neyis, aka Karina, Colombia's most well-known FARC female revolutionary.

Orth is one of the first national journalists to publish extensively on child molestation allegations against celebrities Woody Allen and Michael Jackson.

Vanity Fair's first of five articles from 1994 to 2005 that looked at Jackson's suspected conduct against minorities, beginning with minor Jordan Chandler in January 1994.

Orth was among the first to announce that Jackson allegedly tricked boys by giving them Coca-Cola cans stuffed with white wine he allegedly named "Jesus juice" and red wine he ostensibly named "Jesus blood" and red wine she ostensibly named "Jesus blood." Orth was the first reporter to quote Ray Chandler, the uncle of the then-unidentified boy who was at the forefront of the 1993 investigation into Jackson.

Orth has been reporting on Jackson for more than a decade, as well as his injuries in the media, which tied to Jackson's appearance on ABC News' Primetime Live. She attended and wrote about two of Jackson's lawsuits, including a civil lawsuit brought against him in 2003 by concert promoter Marcel Avram and the 2005 federal trial on child molestation for which Jackson was dismissed.

Orth's reporting was later identified with the Netflix documentary "Leaving Neverland" in 2019. For Vanity Fair, Orth wrote "10 Undeniable Facts About The Michael Jackson Sexual Abuse Allegations" shortly after the film's debut in March 2019. Orth revisits several of the case's most important details in the book, reiterating the sources used for her writing.

Orth wrote extensively for Vanity Fair about the allegations against director Woody Allen regarding child molestation allegations.

Woody Allen's "Mia's Story," Orth's 10,000-word November 1992 piece, broke the news that he was in therapy for inappropriate conduct against his then 7-year-old adopted daughter Dylan, as well as the roots of Allen's friendship with Farrow's adopted teenage daughter, Soon Yi-Previn. Orth announced in 2013 that a video of Dylan confiding to Farrow about what she said about Allen had been obtained by New York's Fox Channel 5, but that it was never broadcast.

One of the most popular stories in Vanity Fair's archives is "Mia's Tale."

In 2013, in a piece titled "Momma Mia!"

Orth scored the first time in a live interview with Dylan Farrow, then 28 years old. Dylan delved into the story about how Allen sexually assaulted her in the family's attic, which Allen strongly denied. Dylan also addressed the effect of the child molestation case on her life and the Farrow family Orth's children for the 9,400-word story, which sparked a lot of buzz in Farrow's son, Ronan, as possibly Frank Sinatra's biological son. All eight of Farrow's children interviewed for the story said they suffered psychological damage from the case and had nothing to do with Allen.

Allen and Farrow's long-running family feud, as well as the recent media spotlight on the decades-old allegations and custody struggle between Allen and Farrow, Allen and Farrow, coopended, Allen wrote a long opinion piece in the New York Times in 2014 that denied she assaulted Dylan while she was a child in the early 1990s.

Orth published "10 Undisputed Truths About the Woody Allen Sexual Abuse Allegation" in Vanity Fair on the same day Allen's editorial was published in the New York Times.

Ronan Farrow, a reporter for The Hollywood Reporter, noted that the majority of the facts relating to Dylan's allegations against Allen had been "meticulously reported by journalist Maurice Orth."

Orth's extensive report on Woody Allen and Mia Farrow was based on filmmakers Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering, and Amy Herdy's 2021 HBO Documentary "Allen v. Farrow."

Orth read a newspaper article about Andrew Cunanan's manhunt and an unusual string of murders in the spring of 1997. She began collecting evidence on Cunanan and spent nine weeks writing a story that would appear in Vanity Fair.

Versace was killed in Miami on July 15, 1997, when Vanity Fair was final fact-checking of Orth's book. Cunanan was identified as a criminal on the night, and the following morning Orth broke the news on NBC's Today Show that Versace and Cunanan had met together in 1990 when the designer created the costumes for the opera's production of "Capriccio."

Orth's piece, "The Killer's Trail," appeared in the magazine's September 1997 issue, involved further study in Miami. After Versace's murder, and before her essay was published in Vanity Fair, book publisher Delacorte is said to have paid Orth a substantial advance for a book-length reworking of the tale.

Orth's second book Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest failed Manhunt in US History: two years ago. Tim Russert and his son Luke, as well as Orth's mother, were dedicated to her. Orth's book revealed, among other things, that Gianni Versace had AIDS and that his deteriorating health was kept a mystery in order not to hold his company's public sale in jeopardy.

FX's Orth's book would be based on Orth's book as part of the American Crime Story franchise in October 2016. "American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace," starring Darren Criss, Édgar Ramrez, Penélope Cruz, and Ricky Martin, premiered on FX in January 2018. Orth was a creative consultant on the series.

Both the book and TV show was dissatisfied with Gianni Versace's appearance, with the contention that it gave a distorted and fictionalized account of the designer's life. The book's publisher vehemently condemned Orth's reporting at the time of the show's premier.

The series, which is based on Orth's reporting, received seven Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Limited Series, Outstanding Casting, and Outstanding Contemporary Costumes at the 2018 Emmy Awards. Orth was onstage with the cast and producers to accept the award. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association recognized the program with four Golden Globe nominations and two awards for Best Limited Series, as well as Darren Criss' Best Actor in a limited series.


Maureen Orth Awards

Awards and honors

  • National Magazine Award for group coverage of the arts while at Newsweek (1973)
  • National Magazine Award nomination for her story in Vanity Fair on Arianna Huffington and Michael Huffington titled "Arianna's Virtual Candidate" (1994)
  • National Alumnae Achievement Award from the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority (2006)
  • Emily Couric Women's Leadership Award, Charlottesville, Virginia (2012)
  • Order of San Carlos, Colombia's highest civilian honor for outstanding service from Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (2015)
  • McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian of the Year Award from Refugees International (2015)
  • Distinguished Alumnus from the Cal Alumni Club of Washington D.C (2016)
  • Doctorate in Humane Letters from the University of San Francisco (2017)
  • Campanile Excellence in Achievement Award from the University of California at Berkeley (2021)