Mary Ellen Greenfield
December 27, 1930
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
|Died||May 13, 1999 (aged 68)|
|Alma mater||Smith College|
Mary Ellen Greenfield (December 27, 1930 – May 13, 1999), known as Meg Greenfield, was an American editorial writer who worked for the Washington Post and Newsweek. She was also a Washington, D.C. insider, known for her wit. Greenfield won a Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing.
Life and career
Greenfield was born in Seattle, the daughter of Lorraine (Nathan) and Lewis James Greenfield. Her family was Jewish. She attended The Bush School and graduated summa cum laude from Smith College in 1952. She also studied at Cambridge University as a Fulbright Scholar and was friends there with Norman Podhoretz, who also went on to a distinguished career in journalism.
She became influential in a male-dominated world and a close confidante of Post publisher Katharine Graham. She spent 20 years as the editorial page editor for The Washington Post and 25 years as a columnist for Newsweek. She influenced generations of Washington Post writers.
When diagnosed with cancer, Greenfield partly retired to Bainbridge Island in her native Washington, where she wrote a posthumously published memoir entitled Washington. She died of the disease, at age 68.
Awards and honors
- Harmon, Daniel P. "Meg Greenfield Biography". University of Washington. Retrieved January 12, 2018.
- McManus, Jeanne (May 25, 2014). "My Mercurial, brutal, brilliant woman boss". The Washington Post. p. A17.
- Smith, J. Y. (May 14, 1999). "Newsweek Columnist Meg Greenfield Dies". The Washington Post. p. A1.
- Barringer, Felicity (May 14, 1999). "Meg Greenfield, Who Shaped Washington Post's Editorial Page, Dies at 68". The New York Times.
- "Meg Greenfield of The Washington Post". Pulitzer Prize. Retrieved January 12, 2018.