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Maureen Dowd: Now what do we do?

As America’s best-known female newspaper columnist, Maureen Dowd has covered seven presidential campaigns and brings an astute take on contemporary American politics and its leaders.

Chaired by Julia Baird. 

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“Perpetual optimism is annoying. It is a sign that you are not paying attention.”

Maureen Dowd

Legendary columnist Maureen Dowd brings an uncompromising view of US politics and culture.

As a long-time columnist for The New York Times, Maureen Dowd is one of the most recognized and most read newspaper writers in the world. In her only Sydney event, she sits down with her old friend, journalist Julia Baird, for an intimate and wide-ranging conversation about this astonishing era in US politics, the #metoo movement and where it might lead, and the unique importance of long-term female friendships.

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Maureen Dowd, winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary and author of three New York Time best sellers, became an Op-Ed columnist in 1995. She also writes for the Style section and The Times magazine.

Ms. Dowd began her journalism career in 1974 as an editorial assistant at The Washington Star. In 1983, she joined The New York Times as a metropolitan correspondent and then moved to The Times’s Washington bureau in 1986 to cover politics. Ms. Dowd has covered nine presidential campaigns, served as the The Times’s White House Correspondent, and written “On Washington,” a column for The Times Magazine. She is the author of several books, including “Bushworld,” “Are Men Necessary? When Sexes Collide,” and “The Year of Voting Dangerously: The Derangement of American Politics.”

Ms. Dowd has also written for GQ, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, The New Republic, Sports Illustrated and others. Her Op-ed column appears every Sunday. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Chaired by Julia Baird 

Julia Baird is a journalist, broadcaster and author. She hosts The Drum on ABCTV, and writes columns for the Sydney Morning Herald and The New York Times, along with investigative reports for ABC News. Julia also has a PhD in history. Her most recent book, best selling Victoria: The Queen was published in several countries and was called one of the best books of the year by The New York Times. 

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