Molly IvinsMary Tyler "Molly" Ivins (August 30, 1944 – January 31, 2007) was an American newspaper columnist, author, political commentator, and humorist. Born in California and raised in Texas, Ivins attended Smith College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She began her journalism career at the ''Minneapolis Tribune'' where she became the first female police reporter at the paper. Ivins joined the ''Texas Observer'' in the early 1970s and later moved to ''The New York Times''. She became a columnist for the ''Dallas Times Herald'' in the 1980s, and then the ''Fort Worth Star-Telegram'' after the ''Times Herald'' was sold and shuttered. The column was subsequently syndicated by Creators Syndicate and carried by hundreds of newspapers. A biography of Ivins, ''Molly Ivins: A Rebel Life'', was co-written in 2010 by PEN-USA winning presidential biographer Bill Minutaglio and W. Michael Smith.
The ''Forbes Media Guide Five Hundred, 1994'' stated: :Ivins's pithy assessments of politics and life at large crackle with broad Texas humor. Combining her talent for culling information with her razor-sharp wit, she throws a powerful knockout punch. ... Whether one agrees with her or not, Ivins's pen pierces both the brain and the funny bone. Provided by Wikipedia