New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd to visit Elon – Nov. 7

Winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary, Dowd's visit will take place one day after the fall presidential elections.


Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Maureen Dowd of The New York Times will visit North Carolina the day after the November elections to deliver the 2012 Baird Pulitzer Prize Lecture on the Elon University campus.

Her lecture, “Fit to Print: Writing on Washington,” takes place Wednesday, November 7, at 7:30 p.m. in McCrary Theatre in the Center for the Arts.

Tickets are $12 or free with an Elon ID and can be obtained by calling the Elon University Box Office at (336) 278-5610 from 12:30-5 p.m. during the business week.

Dowd began her career in 1974 as an editorial assistant for The Washington Star, where she later became a sports columnist, metropolitan reporter and feature writer. When the Star closed in 1981, she went to Time magazine. She began her career at The New York Times as a metropolitan reporter in October 1983. In 1992, she was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist for national reporting.

Dowd started writing opinion columns in 1995 after serving as a correspondent in the paper’s Washington bureau, and the following year she was named one of Glamour‘s “Women of the Year.” Winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary, Dowd has also written a column, “On Washington,” for The New York Times Magazine.

Born in Washington, D.C., Dowd received a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Catholic University in 1973.

The Pulitzer Prizes, awarded annually since 1917, are the nation’s most prestigious awards in journalism and the liberal arts. The Baird Pulitzer Prize Lecture Series brings recipients to campus each year with guests who have included David McCullough, Dave Barry, George Will, Anna Quindlen, Thomas Friedman and David Halberstam.

The series was made possible in 2001 with an endowed gift from James H. and Jane M. Baird of Burlington, N.C., who were the first presidents of the Elon Parents Council. Their son, Macon, is a 1987 Elon graduate and their son-in-law, Michael Hill, earned his Elon degree in 1989.