Gail Collins

Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 8:00 pm
Venue: Herbst Theatre

Series: Special Events

Since 1995, Gail Collins has contributed political commentary with keen insights and considerable wit to the Op-Ed page of The New York Times.  In 2003, she published America’s Women: Four Hundred Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates and Heroines about impressive females in American history.  Collins herself could have served as a subject; in 2001, she became the first woman ever appointed to the Times’ editorial page.  Her new book, As Texas Goes: How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda, considers that state’s inimitable politicians and its central role in creating our national identity.  Her past books include Scorpion Tongues: Gossip, Celebrity and American Politics, and The Millennium Book, co-authored with husband Dan Collins.

Belva Davis became California’s first female African-American television reporter and anchor in 1966.  She was co-creator and host of All Together Now, one of the country’s first primetime minority-focused public affairs programs, and has worked at KQED and KRON-TV.  Earlier this year she announced that this will be her last season hosting KQED’s This Week in Northern California.  Her memoir is Never in My Wildest Dreams: A Black Woman’s Life in Journalism.