Maureen Dowd
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Maureen Dowd is a most well-known American columnist who works for The New York Times. Prior to joining The New York Times, Maureen used to serve as a correspondent in the paper's Washington bureau where she used to cover politics, presidential campaigns, and the White House. Her national reporting style even led her to be the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary in 1999.

Maureen’s journey in being one of the most powerful journalists in America and her meteoric rise to the top of the media pile was achieved through sheer dint of hard work alongside Maureen’s unerring eye for the critical detail that everyone else was missing. Here let's have an insight into the life of powerful columnist Maureen and find details about her parents, siblings, love life, and earnings.

When was Maureen Dowd born?

Maureen Dowd was born on 14th January 1952 in Washington, D.C. to mother Margaret (Peggy) and father Mike Dowd (Michael Dowd). Her dad was a police inspector in Washington, D.S. whereas her mom was a housewife. Her dad was the son of a poor farmer from Clare who eventually came to Washington and made his way to the police force. After joining the police force, her father Mike met her mom Peggy. Peggy’s father (Maureen’s grandfather) used to manage a family bar. Both the parents of Maureen were champion Irish step dancers. Though they had 18 years of the age difference, Mike and Peggy tied the knot in 1934 and became parents to 5 kids together.

Maureen Dowd

Maureen is the youngest child who was born when her father was 61 years old. However, her dad Mike wrote his age as 50 on her birth certificate. Maureen is 69 years old as of 2021 and will soon turn 70 on her birthday in 2022. Maureen’s zodiac sign is Capricorn and she holds American nationality. As per her ethnicity, she comprises of Roman Catholic and Irish American ancestry.

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Where did Maureen Dowd go to college?

Maureen completed her high school at Immaculata High School in 1969 and then joined The Catholic University of America. She graduated from The Catholic University of America, Washington in 1973 with a B.A degree in English literature. After graduating from the university, Maureen started her career in journalism as an editorial assistant for Washington Star.

Maureen has earned various awards as a journalist which include a breakthrough award from Columbia University in 1991, and a Matrix Award from the New York Association for Women in Communication in 1994. Furthermore, Maureen has also become the finalist of the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in the year 1992.

Does Maureen Dowd have siblings?

Maureen Dowd is the youngest one among her four siblings. Maureen and her 4 siblings (3 brothers and a sister) grew up in a tight-knit Irish-Catholic family in Washington. She has 3 elder brothers namely, Michael Dowd, Martin Dowd, Kevin Dowd, and an elder sister named Peggy Dowd. Her brother Kevin is a rock-ribbed Republican whereas her elder sister Peggy is the family historian.

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Furthermore, people often get confused if former Bush strategists Matthew Dowd and Maureen Dowd were related by any means but they are not related in any ways besides having the last name as the only thing in common. Her family roots do not connect to Matthew Dowd although he also grew up with republican parents and in an Irish-Catholic family.

Is Maureen Dowd married?

According to various sources, Maureen Dowd has not been married but has come across some potential partners. Despite being in a relationship with some of the prominent personalities Maureen did not find her soulmate whom she could eventually call her husband. Maureen dated Academy award-winning American actor and producer Michael Douglas in 1998. Maureen describes her partner Michael as a nice and romantic guy but their love life ended shortly.

Michael Douglas.

Prior to Michael, Maureen also dated New York Times journalist and fellow columnist John Tierney and The West Wing creator and producer Aaron Sorkin for a short period of time. Maureen refers to Aaron as a genius person, her really close friend, and also as a guy she used to date. Additionally, once Maureen’s office was next door to her ex-boyfriend John Terney’s.

How Much Is Maureen’s Net Worth?

The 1999 Pulitzer Prize winner for distinguished commentary, Maureen Down began her career as a correspondent in the paper's Washington bureau in 1986 and started her journey as a columnist on The New York Times Op-Ed page in the year 1995. As an experienced columnist and author Maureen Dowd have accumulated a net worth of about $9 million.

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In her career journey as an American columnist, she has earned various awards and honors including the Damon Runyon Award, Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement. Furthermore, she was also the first Mary Alice Davis Lectureship speaker held at the University of Texas, Austin in the year 2005 and was ranked #37 and #43 on The Daily Telegraph’s list of the 100 most influential Liberals in America in the year 2007 and 2010 respectively.

How Tall Is Maureen Dowd?

When it comes to the height of The New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd. she stands at a decent height but some sources speculate her to be around 5 feet and 6 inches which are around 1.68m while others assume her height to be around 5ft 1 in (166 cm). Moreover, as per her weight, she is around 120 lbs (70 kg).

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