Meghan Daum

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Meghan Daum
Born 1970
Occupation Columnist
Nationality USA
Education MFA
Alma mater Vassar College, Columbia University
Genre Novelist, Essayist

Meghan Daum (born 1970 in California) is an American author, essayist, and journalist.

Childhood and education[edit]

Although she was born in California, Daum grew up primarily in Ridgewood, New Jersey. She received her bachelor's degree from Vassar College and her Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University.[1]


Daum spent much of her twenties in New York City. In 1999, she moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, and the experience became the catalyst for her 2003 novel The Quality of Life Report. This novel is a semi-roman à clef for Daum, which follows the life and times of an ambitious young journalist named Lucinda Trout. She is also the author of two collections of essays, My Misspent Youth and The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion, which was named as one of Slate's top 10 books of the year.[2]

Her work has appeared in the pages of The New Yorker, GQ, Harper's, and The Village Voice.

Daum lives in Los Angeles, California, and is currently a columnist for the Los Angeles Times. Her column appears every Thursday in the Op-Ed section of the Times.



  1. ^ Lee, Linda. "A NIGHT OUT WITH: Meghan Daum; No Escaping the City", The New York Times, June 1, 2003. Accessed September 22, 2015. "Among the crowd were chums from her days at Vassar and from the M.F.A. writing program at Columbia, and her parents. (She grew up in Ridgewood, N.J.)"
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