Gail Collins

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Gail Collins
Born Gail Gleason
(1945-11-25) November 25, 1945 (age 69)
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation journalist, op-ed columnist
Nationality American
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
Spouse Dan Collins

Gail Collins (born November 25, 1945[1]) is an American journalist, op-ed columnist and author, most recognized for her work with the New York Times.[2][3] 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.[2] Collins writes a semi-weekly op-ed column for the Times, published Thursdays and Saturdays.[2] In 2014 she co-authored a blog with David Brooks, "The Conversation," at, featuring political commentary.[4]


Born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1945 as Gail Gleason,[1] Collins attended an all-girls Catholic high school, 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.[5][6]

Following graduation from Amherst, she wrote for Connecticut publications, including the Hartford Advocate,[7] and, in 1972, founded the Connecticut State News Bureau, a news service providing coverage of the state capital and Connecticut politics.[8] When she sold the bureau in 1977, it had grown into the largest service of its kind in the United States.[8] 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.[8][9]

From 1982 to 1985 Collins covered finance as a reporter for United Press International.[8][5] She wrote as a columnist for the New York Daily News from 1985 to 1991, and for Newsday, from 1991 to 2001.[8][5]

Collins joined The New York Times in 1995 as a member of the editorial board,[6] 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.[2]

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.[10][2][11] 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.[12]

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.[10] 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[13] and on the radio talk show of Jon Wiener in Southern California.[14]



  1. ^ a b Thompson, Clifford, ed. (1999). Current biography yearbook. H.W. Wilson Company. ISBN 0-8242-0988-5. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Gail Collins" [columnist biography]. New York Times. Retrieved September 26, 2015.
  3. ^ "UMass Amherst College of Social and Behavioral Sciences: Alumni—Gail Collins". University of Massachusetts Amherst. Retrieved October 28, 2009. [dead link]
  4. ^ "The Conversation". The New York Times. 
  5. ^ a b c Fisher, Luchina (November 30, 2003). "Gail Collins: History Maker and Women's Historian" (Journalist of the Month). WeNews. Retrieved September 27, 2015 from
  6. ^ a b "Gail Collins Is Joining Times Editorial Board" (September 5, 1995). New York Times. Retrieved September 26, 2015.
  7. ^ "Gail Collins Named Lifetime Achievement Winner" (January 12, 2012). National Society of Newspaper Columnists. Retrieved September 27, 2015 from
  8. ^ a b c d e "Columnist Biography: Gail Collins" (April 5, 2001). New York Times. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  9. ^ "Knight Fellowships: 2003 Knight Lecture: Gail Collins". Stanford University. Retrieved October 28, 2009. [dead link]
  10. ^ a b "Collins, Gail" (2014). In: K. H. Nemeh (Ed.), The Writers Directory. 32nd ed. Vol. 1. Farmington Hills, MI: St. James Press. p. 637.
  11. ^ Ostrow, Joanne (June 3, 2012). "Book review: Columnist Gail Collins mixes trademark humor with politics in "How Texas hijacked the American Agenda"". Denver Post. 
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  14. ^ Jon Wiener (May 21, 2012). "Jon Wiener". The Nation. Retrieved May 21, 2012. 

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