Judges : National

Anna Quindlen

Anna Quindlen

Author; Contributing Editor, Newsweek

Anna Quindlen’s career as journalist, columnist, best-selling author and novelist has spanned over 30 years. It began after she graduated from Barnard College in 1974 and took her first job as a reporter at The New York Post. Three years later she moved to The New York Times and during her 18 years at the paper held several posts including deputy metropolitan editor. She became only the third woman in Times history to write a regular column for its influential Op-Ed page with the 1990 launch of the nationally syndicated “Public and Private” column. In 1992 she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for commentary.

She joined Newsweek in 1999 as a contributing editor, succeeding the late Meg Greenfield. Her column, “The Last Word,” appeared every other week on the magazine’s back page until 2009.

Quindlen has published several non-fiction books, including three collections of her columns, “Living Out Loud,” “Thinking Out Loud” and “Loud and Clear.” She has also authored five best-selling novels, three of which have been made into movies. “One True Thing” starred Meryl Streep in 1998. “Black and Blue” and “Blessings” were made into television movies. Her most recent book “Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, “ is a memoir.

She lives in New York City with her family and serves as chair on the Board of Trustees at Barnard. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and holds honorary degrees from more than a dozen universities.