Gail Collins

New York Times columnist discusses her book, As Texas Goes…How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda. Houston, Texas, Wortham Center, June 26, 2012.

Presentation. At this moment, Texas is driving the American agenda. 30:06

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Q&A. Angry right, feminism, advice to Romney and Obama, advice to young. 32:36

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SHORT. No Child Left Behind, a Texas model that went to Washington. 3:37

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SHORT. Support for local city papers needed, New York Times editorial page 2:39

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Gail Collins is introduced by Progressive Forum president, Randall R. Morton. 2:25

Gail Collins | June 26, 2012 | Wortham Center | The Progressive Forum


New York Times columnist and best selling author Gail Collins examines how “What happens in Texas doesn’t stay in Texas anymore.” Collins joined The New York Times in 1995 as a member of the editorial board. In 2001, she became the first woman ever appointed editor of The New York Times editorial page, serving from 2001 to 2007. She continues to serve as op-ed columnist. She also authored When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present (2009). The book is a mix of oral history and research covering politics, fashion, culture, economics, sex, families, and work. This was a sequel to her earlier historical work, America’s Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates and Heroines (2007). Her book, William Henry Harrison (2012), explains how he ushered in the modern presidential campaign. 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 politics. When she sold it in 1977, the CSNB was the largest news service of its kind in the country with more than 30 weekly and daily newspaper chains. This past speaker page shares her podium presentation as well as the Q&A.

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