Maureen Dowd to join The Times Magazine as staff writer
Dowd will also continue to write her weekly Sunday opinion column
NEW YORK, NY – August 11, 2014 — The New York Times announced today that Maureen Dowd is joining The Times Magazine as a staff writer. The move will mark Ms. Dowd’s return to her roots as a narrative journalist and is the first in a series of expected announcements regarding the magazine’s major redesign, set for early 2015. Ms. Dowd will also continue to write her weekly Sunday opinion column.
Jake Silverstein, the magazine’s editor said, “Maureen is one of The Times’s signature writers. Period. And as we work toward a redesign that will put new emphasis on stylish, long-form narratives, she’ll be a brilliant addition to our team. While I can’t disclose any specific assignments yet, I can reveal that Maureen’s subject matter for the magazine will range far afield from her current bailiwick of politics, foreign affairs, Hollywood, and edible marijuana.”
Andy Rosenthal, editorial page editor of The Times said, “Maureen’s influence on our Op-Ed page can’t be overstated and I’m very happy that our readers will continue to hear her timely take on whatever the hot issue of the moment happens to be. This new adventure in her illustrious career at The Times will only enhance that voice and I’m personally delighted that we will continue our long and valued collaboration.”
Ms. Dowd began her journalism career in 1974 at The Washington Star before moving to Time Magazine in 1981. She joined The New York Times in 1983 as a metro desk reporter. In 1986, she became a correspondent in the Washington bureau and served as White House correspondent, among other positions. She joined the Op-Ed page as a columnist in 1995 and in 1999, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary for her columns on the impact of President Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky. Over the course of her Times career, Ms. Dowd has covered eight presidential campaigns starting with Geraldine Ferraro’s vice presidential bid while she was assigned to the metro desk. She previously wrote the “On Washington” column for The Times Magazine.