The Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd is known for her clever political observations and wry commentary on the state of world affairs.
Dowd was born in Washington, D.C., the youngest of five children. Her father, Mike, was a policeman who was also the national chairman of the Ancient Order of Hibernians; her mother, Peggy, a homemaker “in high heels” as Maureen described her, took her Irishness very seriously and even led a demonstration at the British Embassy after Bloody Sunday in 1972. Mike died in 1971 and Peggy in 2005. Her mother’s Irish rebel spirit lives on in Maureen. Indeed, her friend Arthur Gelb, the former Times managing editor, calls Maureen’s mother Peggy “the source, the fountain of Maureen’s humor and her Irish sensibilities and her intellectual take.”
In the same New York magazine profile on Maureen, former White House press secretary Mike McCurry commented, “I listened in on one of their conversations once and it was just like one of Maureen’s columns. That same kind of caustic commentary. I remember thinking, Her columns are letters to her mom.”
In 2010, Dowd received the Irish Voice's Irish Spirit award.
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