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Molly Ivins

Award Year: 
2001
Recipient Name: 
Molly Ivins
Brief Summary: 
All roads seem to lead to Texas for Molly Ivins. The nationally-syndicated political columnist has worked all over the country, but time and again has returned to the Lone Star state.
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By Katie Nelson, class of 2003

All roads seem to lead to Texas for Molly Ivins. The nationally-syndicated political columnist has worked all over the country, but time and again has returned to the Lone Star state.

Ivins originally hails from Houston. She has an undergraduate degree from Smith College and a master's degree from Columbia University. She also studied at the Institute of Political Science in Paris.

While still in college, Ivins landed an internship in the complaint department of The Houston Chronicle. Fearful of resigning to a career covering “food, fluff and fashion” at the Chronicle, she moved on to a job at The Minneapolis Tribune after completing her degrees. She worked initially as a police reporter, and later covering a beat called "movements for social change." Unable to bear the cold winters any longer, Ivins returned to Texas in 1970, as co-editor of The Texas Observer, where she covered the Texas legislature.

Ivins began covering the Albany City Hall for The New York Times in 1976, and in 1977 became thesole member of the Times’ Rocky Mountain bureau. In 1982, Texas politics lured her back once again when she went to work for The Fort-Worth Star-Telegram. She has lived in Texas since.

Ivins, 58, is currently syndicated in more than 300 newspapers through Creators Syndicate. She writes for The Progressive magazine and several other small, liberal publications. She also does occasional commentary on National Public Radio and is currently working on a book about the Bush administration’s legislative effects on the average American.

Ivins was awarded the William Allen White Foundation National Citation in 2001. She has been a long-time admirer of White’s “artless ear for American English” and has an aversion to living in Washington, D.C, she said.

“I’m a great believer of staying out of Washington, D.C. if you want to write,” Ivins said. “It’s a town full of people, very few of which are in touch with what goes on in the rest of the country. I go there as little as possible.”

 

"He had, like Twain, that absolutely artless ear for American English." — Molly Ivins on William Allen White

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