American Female Newspaper Columnists

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Arianna Huffington
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Birthdate: July 15, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Athens, Greece

Arianna Huffington is a Greek-American author, businesswoman, and syndicated columnist. She is credited with co-founding the popular news aggregator and blog, The Huffington Post. She is also the founder of Thrive Global, for which she also serves as the CEO. She has been featured on lists, such as Time magazine's 100 most influential people and Forbes magazine's Most Powerful Women.

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Hedda Hopper
(Gossip columnist)

Hedda Hopper
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Birthdate: May 2, 1885
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: February 1, 1966

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Kasie Hunt
(American Correspondent)

Kasie Hunt
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Birthdate: May 24, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wayne, Pennsylvania

Kasie Hunt is an American political correspondent. Over the years, Kasie Hunt has been an important member of NBC News and MSNBC. Apart from being the Capitol Hill correspondent for NBC News, Hunt also hosts MSNBC's morning news show Way Too Early with Kasie Hunt, which airs on weekdays from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m.

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Alicia Garza
(Activist)

Alicia Garza
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Birthdate: January 4, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Jennifer Mulhern Granholm
3
Birthdate: February 5, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada

Jennifer Mulhern Granholm is a politician, lawyer, educator, and author. She is currently serving as the 16th United States Secretary of Energy, in office since February 2021. Previously, she was the 47th governor of Michigan, the first woman to serve in this position. She was made a Commander of the Royal Order of the Polar Star in 2010. 

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Margaret Hoover
(Political commentator)

Margaret Hoover
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Birthdate: December 11, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Colorado, United States

Margaret Hoover, the great-granddaughter of former American president Herbert Hoover, is best known as the host of the PBS show Firing Line. The conservative political commentator has also written a book. She supports LGBT rights and is on the boards of several institutions, such as the Hoover Institution.

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Angela Rye
(Political commentator)

Angela Rye
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Birthdate: October 26, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, U.S.
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Sarah Vowell
(Historian)

Sarah Vowell
3
Birthdate: December 27, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA

Bestselling author and essayist Sarah Vowell is known for her expertise in American history and her books such as Assassination Vacation and Unfamiliar Fishes. She is also a regular on the radio program This American Life and has voiced Violet in the animated film The Incredibles.

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Marilyn vos Savant
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Birthdate: August 11, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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Arlene Dahl
(Actress)

Arlene Dahl
3
Birthdate: August 11, 1925
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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Anna Roosevelt Halsted
(Writer, Editor)

Anna Roosevelt Halsted
3
Birthdate: May 3, 1906
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City
Died: December 1, 1975

Anna Roosevelt Halsted was an American writer and newspaper editor. The daughter of Eleanor Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt, Anna played an important role during World War II, serving as her father's key advisor. After her marriage, Anna moved into the White House and served as First Lady of the USA as per her parents' request.

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Maureen Dowd
(American Columnist)

Maureen Dowd
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Birthdate: January 14, 1952
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

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Jeannette Walls
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Birthdate: April 21, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona, USA

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Margaret Ellen Noonan
3
Birthdate: September 7, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

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Amy Goodman
(Broadcaster)

Amy Goodman
5
Birthdate: April 13, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bay Shore, New York, USA

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Kirsten Powers
(Newspaper Columnists)

Kirsten Powers
3
Birthdate: December 14, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fairbanks, Alaska, USA

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Alex Wagner
(Television host and author)

Alex Wagner
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Birthdate: November 27, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

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Betsy Woodruff
(Reporter)

Betsy Woodruff
3
Birthdate: October 31, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Purcellville, Virginia, United States

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Kelly Killoren
(Author, Socialite, Model)

Kelly Killoren
3
Birthdate: May 1, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rockford, Illinois

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Erma Bombeck
(Humorist)

Erma Bombeck
3
Birthdate: February 21, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bellbrook, Ohio, United States
Died: April 22, 1996

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Suleika Jaouad
(Writer, advocate, and motivational speaker)

Suleika Jaouad
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Birthdate: July 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

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Denise Austin
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Birthdate: February 13, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: San Pedro, California, USA

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Amy Fisher
(Criminal)

Amy Fisher
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Birthdate: August 21, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Long Island, New York, United States

Amy Fisher, who came to be known as The Long Island Lolita, made headlines when in 1992, she shot and injured Mary Jo Buttafuoco, the wife of her lover, Joey Buttafuoco. After serving her sentence, she released sex tapes and books such as If I Knew Then.

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Becky Quick
(Journalist)

Becky Quick
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Birthdate: July 18, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States

Becky Quick is an American TV news presenter best known for co-anchoring CNBC's financial news shows On the Money and Squawk Box. Prior to working for CNBC, Quick worked for The Wall Street Journal where she played an important role in launching the publication's website in 1996. As part of her job, Quick has interviewed influential personalities including Bill Gates.

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Sally Quinn
(Writer)

Sally Quinn
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Birthdate: July 1, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Savannah, Georgia, U.S.

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Anna Quindlen
(Novelist)

Anna Quindlen
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Birthdate: July 8, 1953
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Anna Quindlen is an American journalist, author, and opinion columnist. In 1992, her column, Public and Private, earned her the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. In 1994, she published her novel, One True Thing, which was adapted into a film of the same name in 1998. In 2016, Quindlen was made an inductee of the New Jersey Hall of Fame.

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Pauline Phillips
(Newspaper columnist)

Pauline Phillips
2
Birthdate: July 4, 1918
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sioux City, Iowa, United States
Died: January 16, 2013

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Rona Barrett
(Journalist)

Rona Barrett
3
Birthdate: October 8, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York (state) New York, U.S.

Rona Barrett is an American businesswoman and gossip columnist. She is credited with founding the Rona Barrett Lavender Company which produces lavender baths, aromatherapy, food, and beauty products. Rona Barrett is also noted for her philanthropic efforts; she founded a non-profit organization called The Rona Barrett Foundation which aims at supporting senior citizens in need.

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Eppie Lederer
(Columnist)

Eppie Lederer
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Birthdate: July 4, 1918
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sioux City, Iowa, United States
Died: June 22, 2002

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Elsa Maxwell
(Writer)

Elsa Maxwell
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Birthdate: May 24, 1883
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Keokuk, Iowa, United States
Died: November 1, 1963

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Mabel Dodge Luhan
(Biographer)

Mabel Dodge Luhan
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Birthdate: February 26, 1879
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York
Died: August 13, 1962

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Shana Alexander
(Journalist)

Shana Alexander
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Birthdate: October 6, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: June 23, 2005

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Dorothy Dix
(Journalist)

Dorothy Dix
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Birthdate: November 18, 1861
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Montgomery County, Tennessee, United States
Died: December 16, 1951

Alice Dunbar Nelson
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Birthdate: July 19, 1875
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: September 18, 1935

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Carolyn Forché
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Birthdate: April 28, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

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DeAnne Smith
(Comedian)

DeAnne Smith
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Birthdate: July 22, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Endicott, New York, United States

Canadian comedy star DeAnne Smith is also an LGBT icon. Apart from being part of several comedy festivals and a podcast, she also had her own Netflix comedy special. She previously taught English in Mexico and was inspired by her then-girlfriend to pursue stand-up comedy as a career.

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Maggie Gallagher
(Co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage (Nom))

Maggie Gallagher
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Birthdate: September 14, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lake Oswego, Oregon, United States

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Mary McGrory
(Journalist)

Mary McGrory
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Birthdate: August 22, 1918
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts
Died: April 20, 2004

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Kathleen Thompson Norris
(Novelist and Newspaper Columnist)

Kathleen Thompson Norris
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Birthdate: July 16, 1880
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: January 18, 1966

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Fanny Fern
(Novelist)

Fanny Fern
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Birthdate: July 9, 1811
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Portland, Maine, United States
Died: October 10, 1872

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Ida Husted Harper
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Birthdate: February 18, 1851
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Franklin County, Indiana, United States
Died: March 14, 1931

After getting married to an influential lawyer, Ida Husted Harper began writing for newspapers, focusing on women-centric columns. She later became an iconic figure of the American women’s suffrage movement and also penned works such as History of Woman Suffrage. She was also associated with the International Council of Women.

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Kelly Madison
(Actress)

Kelly Madison
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Birthdate: August 26, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newport Beach, California, United States

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Sylvia Porter
(Economist)

Sylvia Porter
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Birthdate: June 18, 1913
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Patchogue, New York, United States
Died: June 5, 1991

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Selena Roberts
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Birthdate: May 16, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Live Oak, Florida, United States

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Winifred Bonfils
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Birthdate: October 14, 1863
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chilton, Wisconsin, United States
Died: May 25, 1936

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Jane Swisshelm
(Journalist)

Jane Swisshelm
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Birthdate: December 6, 1815
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: July 22, 1884

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Margaret McDonald Bottome
(Religious Leader)

Margaret McDonald Bottome
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Birthdate: December 29, 1827
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York, United States
Died: November 14, 1906