Gail Collins was the first woman to hold the position of Editorial Page Editor for the New York Times (from 2001 to 2007). She is the author of five books including When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present and As Texas Goes…: How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda. She is a graduate of Marquette University, and has a master’s degree in government from the University of Massachusetts. In 1972, she founded the Connecticut State News Bureau, a news service covering Connecticut politics. She has contributed columns to Newsday, The New York Daily News, United Press International, and is a frequent guest on NPR. She taught journalism at Southern Connecticut State University (from 1977 to 1979) and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism (from 2009 to 2012). She returned to the Times in 2007 where she currently provides a semi-weekly op-ed column. She is also a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board.