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Molly Ivins, Contributing Columnist

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Molly Ivins is a nationally syndicated political columnist who remains cheerful despite Texas politics. She emphasizes the more hilarious aspects of both state and national government, and consequently never has to write fiction.

Ivins is from Houston, Texas, graduated from Smith College in 1966, attended Columbia University’s School of Journalism and studied for a year at the Institute of Political Sciences in Paris.

Her first newspaper job was at the complaint department of the Houston Chronicle. She rapidly worked her way up to the position of sewer editor, where she wrote a number of gripping articles about street closings. She went on to the Minneapolis Tribune and was the first woman police reporter in that city. In the late 1960s, she was assigned to a beat called “Movements for Social Change,” covering angry blacks, radical students, uppity women and a motley assortment of other misfits and troublemakers.

Ivins returned to Texas as co-editor of the Texas Observer, a sprightly, muckraking publication devoted to coverage of Texas politics and social issues. She roamed the state in search of truth, justice and good stories. In 1976, Ivins joined The New York Times, first as a political reporter in New York City and Albany; she was then named Rocky Mountain Bureau Chief, chiefly because there was no one else in the bureau. For three years she covered nine mountain states by herself, and was often tired.

In 1982, she returned to Texas as a columnist for the late Dallas Times-Herald, and after its much-lamented demise, she spent the next nine years with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. She became an independent journalist in 2001 writing her column for Creators Syndicate. Also in 2001 she won the William Allen White Award from the University of Kansas, the Smith Medal from Smith College and was elected to the National Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was the 2003 recipient of the Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Progress and Service; also in 2003, she received the Pringle Prize for Washington Journalism from Columbia University and the Eugene V. Debs Award in the field of journalism. In 2004, she received the David Brower Award for journalism from the Sierra Club.

Her freelance work has appeared in Esquire, Harper’s, Atlantic, The Nation, The Progressive, Mother Jones, TV Guide, and many less-worthy publications when she desperately needed the money—of which the most memorable was something called Playgirl. She is also known for her essays on National Public Radio as well as media appearances around the world. Ivins has written six best-selling books, the most recent being, BUSHWHACKED: Life in George W. Bush’s America, in 2003 and WHO LET THE DOGS IN? Incredible Political Animals I Have Known, in 2004.

Ivins is active in the American Civil Liberties Union and often writes about First Amendment issues. She donates a speech every month to the First Amendment. She became one of the world’s Leading Authorities on George W. Bush entirely by accident. She has known him since they were in high school, and as Sir Edmund Hillary said of Mount Everest—he was there.

Ivins counts as her highest honors that the Minneapolis police force named its mascot pig after her, and that she was once banned from the campus of Texas A&M.

Truthdig Columns


01/11 Molly Ivins: Stand Up Against the ‘Surge’

01/03 Molly Ivins: Stop This War, Now!


11/22 Molly Ivins: Thanks—No, Seriously

11/16 Molly Ivins: Farewell, Rummy

11/14 Molly Ivins: Now They’re All for Bipartisanship

11/01 Molly Ivins: Keeping Our Eyes on the Ball

10/30 Molly Ivins: GOP Ineptitude and Some Advice for Dems

10/26 Molly Ivins: A Campaign of Sleaze

10/18 Molly Ivins: Don’t Count the Republicans Out

10/17 Molly Ivins: Iraq Follows Vietnam Model

10/11 Molly Ivins: Dear Leaders

10/09 Molly Ivins: The Not-So-Great Texas Gubernatorial Debate

10/05 Molly Ivins: Return of the War Criminal

10/02 Molly Ivins: Ring the Bell for a Texas Democrat

09/27 Molly Ivins: Habeas Corpus, R.I.P. (1215 - 2006)

09/20 Molly Ivins: A Tortured Debate

09/19 Molly Ivins: Bush’s Rose Garden Debacle

09/15 Molly Ivins: Remembering Ann Richards

08/28 Molly Ivins: Cow Whisperers Against the War

08/24 Molly Ivins: The New Activist Judges

08/21 Molly Ivins: Let the Truth-Telling Begin

08/16 Molly Ivins: Osama Hearts Lamont

08/14 Molly Ivins: The Pols Who Cried Wolf

08/02 Molly Ivins: Media With No Guts, No Grace

07/26 Molly Ivins: 24/7 Coverage Doesn’t Cover It

07/24 Molly Ivins: Run Bill Moyers for President, Seriously

07/20 Molly Ivins: In Politics, Comedy and Tragedy

07/17 Molly Ivins: The Suicide of Capitalism

07/12 Classic Molly Ivins: Economic Morality Has Been Buried

07/05 Molly Ivins: More Immigrant Bashing on the Way

06/28 Molly Ivins: Maybe If We Tried a Slingshot

06/26 Molly Ivins: An Epic Week of Cutting and Running

06/19 Without DeLay, Has the GOP Lost Its Moral Compass?

06/14 Molly Ivins: Eye to Eye in Iraq

06/12 Molly Ivins: Hope, Hope, Hoping Along in Iraq

06/07 Molly Ivins: An Outbreak of Diplomacy in the West Wing

05/31 Molly Ivins: Iran Badge Fabricator Goes to Washington

05/30 Molly Ivins: Reform the System Or Lose the Democracy

05/21 Molly Ivins: Can Things Get Any Worse?

05/15 Molly Ivins: Could Lunacy Explain Bush’s Policies?

05/10 A Capital Full of Shih Tzu Reporters

05/08 Molly Ivins: The Best Little Whorehouse in Washington

05/03 Molly Ivins: Race Card Backfires on Republicans

05/01 Molly Ivins: The No-Reform Lobby Reform Bill

04/26 Molly Ivins: The Great Bush Reclassification Project

04/25 Molly Ivins: Pro-Israel ‘Nutjobs’ on the Attack

04/19 Molly Ivins: Don’t Make a Martyr of Moussaoui

04/17 Molly Ivins: Karl Rove’s Early Machinations

04/12 Molly Ivins: White House Whopper Becomes Instant Classic

04/10 Molly Ivins: The Daily Drip of Special Favors for Special Interests

04/05 Molly Ivins: Good Riddance to DeLay’s Crucifix-Shaped Hammer

04/03 Global Warming: What, Me Worry?

03/30 Immigration 101 for Beginners and Non-Texans

03/27 The White House That Cried Wolf

03/23 Panic in the Newspaper Biz

03/20 Sign Me Up for the Pentagon Democracy Plan

03/15 Digging In for the ‘Long War’

03/14 Bush the Internationalist

03/08 The Progress Myth in Iraq

03/07 The Towering Solons of Abortion

03/01 The Ultimate Mistake

02/27 The GOP Shell Game

02/22 It’s the Corporation, Stupid

02/20 Abramoff Got Indicted, and All We Got Was This Lousy $20 Gift Ban?

02/13 Cheney Shoots a Texas Liberal

02/09 The Cure for Executive Excess

02/06 Kicking the Oil Addiction: Bush Lied, Again

02/03 Iraq the Disaster, Officially Speaking

01/31 Lying About the State of the Union

01/21 Not Backing Hillary


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