Gail Collins in 2004
November 25, 1945
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
|Occupation||Journalist, op-ed columnist|
|Alma mater||Marquette University|
|Notable works||As Texas Goes...: How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda|
When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present
Gail Collins (born November 25, 1945) is an American journalist, op-ed columnist and author, most recognized for her work with the New York Times. Joining the Times in 1995 as a member of the editorial board, from 2001 to 2007 she served as the paper's Editorial Page Editor – the first woman to attain that position.
Collins writes a semi-weekly op-ed column for the Times from her liberal perspective, published Thursdays and Saturdays. In 2014 she co-authored a blog with conservative journalist David Brooks entitled "The Conversation," at NYTimes.com, featuring bi-partisan political commentary.
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1945 as Gail Gleason, Collins attended Seton High School (Cincinnati, Ohio) then went on to complete a B.A. in journalism at Marquette University, in 1967, and an M.A. in government at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, in 1971.
Following graduation from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, she wrote for Connecticut publications, including the Hartford Advocate, and, in 1972, founded the Connecticut State News Bureau, a news service providing coverage of the state capital and Connecticut politics. When she sold the bureau in 1977, it had grown into the largest service of its kind in the United States. As a freelance writer in the late 1970s she wrote weekly columns for the Connecticut Business Journal and was a public affairs host for Connecticut Public Television.
From 1982 to 1985 Collins covered finance as a reporter for United Press International. She wrote as a columnist for the New York Daily News from 1985 to 1991. During her tenure for the Daily News, Collins wrote about the Central Park jogger case in which Trisha Meili, a white female jogger, was attacked in Manhattan's Central Park on the night of April 19, 1989. Reflecting upon Meili's socially privileged background, Collins insisted that Meili would never have voluntarily entered into a romantic relationship with an African American male, an assertion which writer Joan Didion and other journalists later criticized as pandering to "racial estrangement."
From 1991 to 1995, Collins worked for Newsday. She then joined The New York Times in 1995 as a member of the editorial board, and later as an op-ed columnist. In 2001, she was named the paper's first female Editorial Page Editor, a position she held for six years. She resigned from this post at the beginning of 2007 to take a six-month leave to focus on writing her book When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present, returning to the Times as a regular columnist in July 2007.
Beyond her work as a journalist, Collins has published several books: The Millennium Book, which she co-authored with her husband, CBS News producer Dan Collins; Scorpion Tongues: Gossip, Celebrity and American Politics; America's Women: Four Hundred Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines; the aforementioned When Everything Changed; and As Texas Goes: How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda. She also wrote the introduction for the 50th anniversary edition of The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan; the 50th anniversary edition was published in 2013.
Collins taught journalism at Southern Connecticut State University from 1977 to 1979; and from fall 2009 until at least 2012 she co-taught (with Seth Lipsky) an opinion writing course in Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. She occasionally appears alongside her New York Times colleague David Brooks as a fill-in for Mark Shields on PBS Newshour's Political Wrap. She has been a frequent guest on NPR and on the radio talk show of Jon Wiener in Southern California.
- With Dan Collins: The Millennium Book. Main Street Books. 1990. ISBN 0-385-41165-0.
- America's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates and Heroines. William Morrow and Company. 2003. ISBN 0-06-018510-4.
- Scorpion Tongues: Gossip, Celebrity and American Politics. William Morrow and Company. 1998. ISBN 0-688-14914-6.
- When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present. Little, Brown and Company. 2009. ISBN 0-316-05954-4.
- As Texas Goes...: How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda. New York: Liveright Publishing Corp., 2012. ISBN 978-0-87140-407-7
- "Introduction" (2013), in: Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique. 50th anniversary edition. New York: W.W. Norton. ISBN 978-0-393-063790.
- Thompson, Clifford, ed. (1999). Current biography yearbook. H.W. Wilson Company. ISBN 0-8242-0988-5.
- "Gail Collins" [columnist biography]. New York Times. Retrieved September 26, 2015.
- "UMass Amherst College of Social and Behavioral Sciences: Alumni—Gail Collins". University of Massachusetts Amherst. Archived from the original on June 15, 2010. Retrieved October 28, 2009.
- "Why Is Times Columnist Gail Collins So Obsessed With Mitt Romney's Dog?". NPR.org. Retrieved 2018-03-15.
- "The Conversation". The New York Times.
- Fisher, Luchina (November 30, 2003). "Gail Collins: History Maker and Women's Historian" (Journalist of the Month). WeNews. Retrieved September 27, 2015 from womensenews.org
- "Gail Collins Is Joining Times Editorial Board" (September 5, 1995). New York Times. Retrieved September 26, 2015.
- "Gail Collins Named Lifetime Achievement Winner" (January 12, 2012). National Society of Newspaper Columnists. Retrieved September 27, 2015 from www.columnists.com
- "Columnist Biography: Gail Collins" (April 5, 2001). New York Times. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
- "Knight Fellowships: 2003 Knight Lecture: Gail Collins". Stanford University. Archived from the original on October 14, 2009. Retrieved October 28, 2009.
- Didion, Joan (January 17, 1991). "New York: Sentimental Journeys". New York Review of Books. Retrieved 2018-09-26.
- "Collins, Gail" (2014). In: K. H. Nemeh (Ed.), The Writers Directory. 32nd ed. Vol. 1. Farmington Hills, MI: St. James Press. p. 637.
- Ostrow, Joanne (June 3, 2012). "Book review: Columnist Gail Collins mixes trademark humor with politics in "How Texas hijacked the American Agenda"". Denver Post.
- "The Feminine Mystique | W. W. Norton & Company". books.wwnorton.com. Retrieved 2018-03-15.
- "Gail Collins". NPR.org. Retrieved 2018-03-15.
- Jon Wiener (May 21, 2012). "Jon Wiener". The Nation. Retrieved May 21, 2012.