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Meg Greenfield

Mary Ellen "Meg" Greenfield (December 27, 1930 – May 13, 1999) was a Washington Post and Newsweek editorial writer and a Washington, D.C. insider known for her wit.

Life and careerEdit

Greenfield was born in Seattle, the daughter of Lorraine (Nathan) and Lewis James Greenfield.[1] Her family was Jewish. She attended The Bush School, and graduated summa cum laude from Smith College in 1952. She also studied at Cambridge University as a Fulbright Scholar and was friends there with Norman Podhoretz, who also went on to a distinguished career in journalism.

She became influential in a male-dominated world and a close confidante of Post publisher Katharine Graham. She was awarded journalism's highest honor, a Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing, in 1978 and spent 20 years as the editorial page editor for The Washington Post and 25 years as a columnist for Newsweek. She influenced generations of Washington Post writers.[2]

She never married, something she came to regret. When diagnosed with cancer, Greenfield partly retired to Bainbridge Island in her native Washington, where she wrote a posthumously published memoir entitled Washington. She died of the disease, at age 68.[3]


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  2. ^ McManus, Jeanne, "My Mercurial, brutal, brilliant woman boss," Washington Post, May 25, 2014, at A17, 2.
  3. ^ Smith, J. Y., "Newsweek Columnist Meg Greenfield Dies," The Washington Post, May 14, 1999, at A1; Barringer, Felicity, "Meg Greenfield, Who Shaped Washington Post's Editorial Page, Dies at 68," New York Times, May 14, 1999.

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