"She's not as snarky or tart as Maureen Dowd, and her pop culture references aren't as pungent or current as Frank Rich's, and she's not nearly as indignant as Paul Krugman. But Gail Collins more than holds her own on the op-ed page of The New York Times, perhaps the biggest stage in the opinion and commentary business, where she writes a column twice a week primarily on matters political and sociological. Born in Cincinnati, the 64-year-old has a B.A. in journalism from Marquette University and an M.A. in government from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She wrote columns for the New York Daily News and Newsday before joining the staff of the Times as a member of its editorial board and, later, as an op-ed columnist. In 2001, she was named the paper's editorial page editor - the first woman to occupy that position. She stepped away from that job in 2007 to write a just-published book, When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present, but after returning from a six-month leave, she resumed writing her column - just in time for the endlessly interesting, undeniably historic 2008 presidential race, as well as everything that's happened since. As she would tell you herself, the material just keeps on coming." - Evan Smith, Texas Monthly Talks, Broadcast 11.05.09

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