Gail Collins is a New York Times columnist and was the first woman editor of the New York Times’ editorial page.
Collins joined the New York Times in 1995 as a member of the editorial board and later as an op-ed columnist. In 2001, she became the first woman ever appointed editor of the Times’s editorial page.
At the beginning of 2007, she stepped down from her role to finish her book, When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present. She returned to the Times as a columnist in July 2007.
Before joining the Times, Collins was a columnist at New York Newsday and the New York Daily News, and a reporter for United Press International.
Her first jobs in journalism were in Connecticut, where she founded the Connecticut State News Bureau, which provided coverage of the state capitol and Connecticut politics.
When she sold the business in 1977, it was the largest news service of its kind in the country, with more than 30 weekly and daily newspaper chains.
Collins’ most recent book is As Texas Goes: How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda, published in 2012. She is also the author of four other books: America’s Women, Scorpion Tongues, a biography of William Henry Harrison, and The Millennium Book.
What People are Saying About Gail Collins
“This was the year the sanest, most radically calm thinker on the New York Times op-ed page stole the show, inspiring legions with her droll take on the health-care debate and other sources of despair. In an age of outbursts, Collins has subverted the pundit’s rude role, performing what amounts to a sly soft-shoe over a rising wave of ideological bombast.”
— Emily Nussbaum, contributing editor at New York Magazine