Molly Ivins is a nationally syndicated columnist who writes about Texas, national politics, and other bizarre happenings. She has worked with the Houston Chronicle, the Minneapolis Tribune, was co-editor of The Texas Observer, and was the Rocky Mountain bureau chief of The New York Times. Her freelance work has appeared in Esquire, The Atlantic, The Nation, Harperís Magazine, and numerous other publications.
Ivins has appeared as a weekly commentator on CBSí 60 Minutes and does occasional commentary for National Public Radio and the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. She served for three years on the board of the National News Council and is active in Amnesty Internationalís Journalism Network, as well as the Reportersí Committee for Freedom of the Press. She also writes about press issues for the American Civil Liberties Union.
She is the author of Molly Ivins Canít Say That, Can She?; Nothiní But Good Times Ahead; 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. Ivins has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize three times and received the 1992 Headliners Award for the best newspaper column in Texas.
She earned her BA from Smith College, her masterís degree in journalism from Columbia University, and studied for a year at the Institute of Political Science in Paris. However, Ivins counts that the Minneapolis police force named its mascot pig after her and that she was once banned from the campus of Texas A&M as her two greatest honors.