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Gail Collins (born November 25, 1945[1]) is an American journalist, op-ed columnist and author, most recognized for her work with the New York Times.[2][3] Joining the Times in 1995 as a member of the editorial board, from 2001 to 2007 she served as the paper's Editorial Page Editor – the first woman to attain that position.[2]

Gail Collins
Gail Collins in 2004
Gail Collins in 2004
BornGail Gleason
(1945-11-25) November 25, 1945 (age 73)
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
OccupationJournalist, op-ed columnist
Alma materMarquette University
Notable worksAs Texas Goes...: How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda
When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present
SpouseDan Collins

Collins writes a semi-weekly op-ed column for the Times from her liberal[4] perspective, published Thursdays and Saturdays.[2] In 2014 she co-authored a blog with conservative journalist David Brooks entitled "The Conversation," at, featuring bi-partisan political commentary.[5]



Born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1945 as Gail Gleason,[1] Collins attended Seton High School (Cincinnati, Ohio) then went on to complete a B.A. in journalism at Marquette University, in 1967, and an M.A. in government at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, in 1971.[6][7]

Following graduation from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, she wrote for Connecticut publications, including the Hartford Advocate,[8] and, in 1972, founded the Connecticut State News Bureau, a news service providing coverage of the state capital and Connecticut politics.[9] When she sold the bureau in 1977, it had grown into the largest service of its kind in the United States.[9] As a freelance writer in the late 1970s she wrote weekly columns for the Connecticut Business Journal and was a public affairs host for Connecticut Public Television.[9][10]

From 1982 to 1985 Collins covered finance as a reporter for United Press International.[6][9] She wrote as a columnist for the New York Daily News from 1985 to 1991.[6][9]

From 1991 to 1995, Collins worked for Newsday.[6][9] She then joined The New York Times in 1995 as a member of the editorial board,[7] and later as an op-ed columnist. In 2001, she was named the paper's first female Editorial Page Editor, a position she held for six years. She resigned from this post at the beginning of 2007 to take a six-month leave to focus on writing her book When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present, returning to the Times as a regular columnist in July 2007.[2]

Beyond her work as a journalist, Collins has published several books: The Millennium Book, which she co-authored with her husband, CBS News producer Dan Collins; Scorpion Tongues: Gossip, Celebrity and American Politics; America's Women: Four Hundred Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines; the aforementioned When Everything Changed; and As Texas Goes: How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda.[2][11][12] She also wrote the introduction for the 50th anniversary edition of The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan; the 50th anniversary edition was published in 2013.[13]

Collins taught journalism at Southern Connecticut State University from 1977 to 1979; and from fall 2009 until at least 2012 she co-taught (with Seth Lipsky) an opinion writing course in Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.[11] She has been a frequent guest on NPR[14] and on the radio talk show of Jon Wiener in Southern California.[15]


  • With Dan Collins: The Millennium Book. Main Street Books. 1990. ISBN 0-385-41165-0.
  • America's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates and Heroines. William Morrow and Company. 2003. ISBN 0-06-018510-4.
  • Scorpion Tongues: Gossip, Celebrity and American Politics. William Morrow and Company. 1998. ISBN 0-688-14914-6.
  • When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present. Little, Brown and Company. 2009. ISBN 0-316-05954-4.
  • As Texas Goes...: How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda. New York: Liveright Publishing Corp., 2012. ISBN 978-0-87140-407-7
  • "Introduction" (2013), in: Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique. 50th anniversary edition. New York: W.W. Norton. ISBN 978-0-393-063790.


  1. ^ a b Thompson, Clifford, ed. (1999). Current biography yearbook. H.W. Wilson Company. ISBN 0-8242-0988-5.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Gail Collins" [columnist biography]. New York Times. Retrieved September 26, 2015.
  3. ^ "UMass Amherst College of Social and Behavioral Sciences: Alumni—Gail Collins". University of Massachusetts Amherst. Archived from the original on June 15, 2010. Retrieved October 28, 2009.
  4. ^ "Why Is Times Columnist Gail Collins So Obsessed With Mitt Romney's Dog?". Retrieved March 15, 2018.
  5. ^ "The Conversation". The New York Times.
  6. ^ a b c d Fisher, Luchina (November 30, 2003). "Gail Collins: History Maker and Women's Historian" (Journalist of the Month). WeNews. Retrieved September 27, 2015 from
  7. ^ a b "Gail Collins Is Joining Times Editorial Board" (September 5, 1995). New York Times. Retrieved September 26, 2015.
  8. ^ "Gail Collins Named Lifetime Achievement Winner" (January 12, 2012). National Society of Newspaper Columnists. Retrieved September 27, 2015 from
  9. ^ a b c d e f "Columnist Biography: Gail Collins" (April 5, 2001). New York Times. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  10. ^ "Knight Fellowships: 2003 Knight Lecture: Gail Collins". Stanford University. Archived from the original on October 14, 2009. Retrieved October 28, 2009.
  11. ^ a b "Collins, Gail" (2014). In: K. H. Nemeh (Ed.), The Writers Directory. 32nd ed. Vol. 1. Farmington Hills, MI: St. James Press. p. 637.
  12. ^ Ostrow, Joanne (June 3, 2012). "Book review: Columnist Gail Collins mixes trademark humor with politics in "How Texas hijacked the American Agenda"". Denver Post.
  13. ^ "The Feminine Mystique | W. W. Norton & Company". Retrieved March 15, 2018.
  14. ^ "Gail Collins". Retrieved March 15, 2018.
  15. ^ Jon Wiener (May 21, 2012). "Jon Wiener". The Nation. Retrieved May 21, 2012.

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