Marie Cocco, Columnist
Marie Cocco is the outsider’s insider in Washington.
Through her diligent reporting, robust writing—and plain common sense—Cocco’s columns translate the noisy arguments of politics so readers can hear clearly their impact on everyday life.
Cocco was among the first journalists to report the emergence of a business-backed movement to privatize Social Security, and to show how years of neglect and policy changes were eroding the private pension system. Her columns on health care, taxes, budgeting, the workplace and other national issues are written so people talk about them in the family room, not the political backroom.
She uses her strength and experience as a reporter to uncover hidden histories that illuminate the present. Stories that Cocco has broken include the secret detention and relocation of Italian-Americans during World War II and the federal government’s record as the nation’s most prolific polluter. Her 1990 series on the government’s pollution record, written with Newsday reporter Earl Lane, was honored by the National Press Club, the White House Correspondents’ Association and Sigma Delta Chi, the National Society of Professional Journalists.
Born in Malden, Mass., Cocco graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University, were she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and won the Peter S. Belfer prize in political science.
She earned a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University, where she won the Robert E. Sherwood prize for studying and reporting on American issues.
Cocco began working as a reporter for the Daily Register of Monmouth County, New Jersey. She joined Newsday in 1980 as a local reporter, and soon advanced to the statehouse bureau in Albany. Since joining the paper’s Washington bureau as a reporter in 1986, she has covered economics, taxes, Capitol Hill and the White House. She covered the last four presidential campaigns, the 1998 impeachment of President Bill Clinton, the 2000 election deadlock and the transition of Hillary Rodham Clinton from first lady to senator. In 2002, her twice-a-week column was syndicated by The Washington Post Writers Group. In 2005, she left Newsday to devote full-time to the column.
Her reporting and commentary on cultural and political topics have won prizes from the Associated Press, the Newswomen’s Club of New York, the New York Newspaper Guild, the New York State Publishers’ Association and the New York Press Club. She has been a guest commentator on CNN, the Fox Network, MSNBC, CNBC and C-SPAN as well as national radio shows.
Cocco lives in Virginia with her husband and two sons.
10/15 Looking for a Middle Class
10/12 Bribe, Vote, Repeat
10/07 Meltdown After the Meltdown
10/05 A Slippery Slope on Guns
10/01 Making Tragedy Out of Farce
09/29 Washington Plays the Idiot With Guantanamo
09/24 Health Reform Money Is Aimed at Red States
09/21 A Clunker, Not a Cadillac
09/16 Why We Fight the Tire War With China
09/14 The Other Public Options
09/09 A 9/11 Debt Still Unpaid
09/07 Our Wallets Get Emptier
09/03 Cheney Plays to His Crowd
08/31 Why We Must Stay in Afghanistan
08/26 The Eternal Flame
08/24 Status Quo Is Not an Option
08/20 Enabling the Gun Nuts
08/17 Phantom of the Health Care Soap Opera
07/29 The Marvel That Is Medicare
07/28 A Rebound Without Recovery
07/23 Health Plan: Ask ‘What,’ Not ‘When’
07/21 When Trust and Media Were One
07/15 Stains From the Bush Era Won’t Fade
07/13 Closet Racism in the Age of Obama
07/08 The Unemployed Will Roar
07/07 A Trashing as Old as Suffrage
07/01 Political Foolishness and Teen Pregnancy
06/29 Iraq Has Another One of Its Famous Turning Points
06/24 Poster Addict for Tobacco Law
06/22 America’s History, Now on YouTube
06/17 Why Patch-and-Fill Won’t Do
06/15 Guns and the Link We Won’t Admit
06/11 The Justice Business
06/08 Outrage—and Business as Usual
06/04 What Rhetoric Won’t Cure
06/01 Health Care Reform’s Pulse Is Fading
05/28 A Justice for Us All
05/24 Packing Heat in the Parks
05/21 A Chance to Avert Tragedy
05/19 A Truth Commission Beckons
05/08 Mom’s Dreary Retirement Prospects
05/07 The Phantom Candidate
05/05 Double-Flipping on ‘Identity Politics’
04/29 The End of the Middle Class as We Know It
04/27 Model for an Accounting
04/23 ‘Reform’ With No Reform
04/20 Bybee Must Go
04/16 Tea and Ignorance
04/14 Wrong Road to Recovery
04/08 The Father of Guantanamo
04/02 Silence Meets Despair of Afghan Women
03/30 Where’s the Outrage Over Workers Getting the Shaft?
03/26 Inside Bush’s War on Birth Control
03/23 Kill AIG Bonuses With a Tax? It’s a Lousy Idea
03/19 If You’re a ‘Little Guy,’ a Contract Means Nothing
03/16 It’s Time to Put the Clamps on Tobacco
03/11 The ‘Comfy Retirement’ Dream Has Exploded
03/10 Walk Away, Rihanna—You’re a Role Model
03/05 Pelosi Has Reason to Smile
03/03 Medicare (Dis-)Advantage
02/25 Bill Redux?
02/23 ‘Entitlements’ Take a Bum Rap
02/18 Good News for the Taliban
02/16 Blame Your Puny Paycheck
02/11 Where’s the Top Gun?
02/09 Supreme Sexism
02/04 Dear Wall Street
02/02 Ethical Malpractice
01/29 Economic Policy That Might Actually Work? Who Knew?
01/27 Civilian Courts Can Deal With Terrorism Cases
01/22 The Downside of Bipartisanship
01/20 It’s Over—and Not a Moment Too Soon
01/14 The Shame Beneath Inaugural Hoopla
01/12 One for the Workers
01/08 Beware, Mr. Obama, of Tax-Cut Seduction
01/06 Yukking It Up at the Blago Show
01/01 Believe It or Not, 2008 Was Relatively Nonviolent
12/18 It’s a Man’s Meltdown
12/15 Crippling the Auto Union Is Just a Warm-Up
12/10 The Case Against Kennedy
12/09 Unions Aren’t the Problem
12/04 Breathing New Life Into Health Care
12/01 Merry Wal-Mart, America: Part II
11/26 Bush’s Hoover Impression Flirts With Depression
11/24 The Smoke Is Clearing
11/19 Not a Scratch on That Glass Ceiling
11/18 A Wal-Mart Christmas for a Wal-Mart Country
11/13 This Is What He’s Sorry About?
11/11 Iraq May Be the Easy Part
11/06 The Ghost in Obama’s White House
11/03 The Red Is Fading in a Virginia Bellwether
10/30 Stevens’ Corruption Was About the Little Things
10/27 ‘H’ Is for Hypocrisy
10/22 Obama Doesn’t Need Your Money
10/20 How to Win Votes and Influence People
10/16 Fixing the Economy Has to Start With Jobs
10/13 Retirees Wake Up to a Swindle
10/08 The Real Stars of the Debate
10/06 McCain Resorts to Atwater’s Dirty Tricks
10/01 Sarah Palin the Sideshow