One of the nationís wittiest and best-known political pundits, Mary Tyler Ivins--better known as Molly--was born in Monterey, California, but grew up in Houston. Ivins is the author and co-author of best-selling books, Molly Ivins Canít Say That Can She?, You Got to Dance with Them What Brung You: Politics in the Clinton Years and Shrub: The Short But Happy Political Life of George W. Bush. She is the former co-editor of the liberal monthly Texas Observer and former Rocky Mountain bureau chief for The New York Times. She has also worked for the Houston Chronicle, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and the Dallas Times Herald. Ivinsí freelance work has appeared in Esquire, Atlantic, the Nation, Harperís, the Progressive, Mother Jones, TV Guide and numerous other publications. She is a frequent guest on network radio and television shows.
Ivins has a B.A. from Smith College, a masterís in journalism from Columbia University and studied for a year at the Institute of Political Science in Paris. She served for three years on the board of the National News Council, is active in the Amnesty Internationalís Journalism Network and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. She writes about press issues for the American Civil Liberties Union and several journalism reviews.
She has been a Pulitzer Prize finalist three times and has won numerous journalism awards, including a 1991 Headlinerís Award for best Texas column. She was named Outstanding Alumna by Columbia Universityís School of Journalism in 1976, and was a member of the 1992 Pulitzer Prize jury.