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Gail Collins joined The New York Times in 1995 as a member of the editorial board and later as an Op-Ed columnist. In 2001 she became the first woman ever appointed editor of the Times's editorial page. At the beginning of 2007, she stepped down and began a leave in order to finish her book: When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present. She returned to The Times as a columnist in July 2007.
Before joining The Times, Ms. Collins was a columnist at New York Newsday and the New York Daily News, and a reporter for United Press International. Her first jobs in journalism were in Connecticut, where she founded the Connecticut State News Bureau, which provided coverage of the state capitol and Connecticut politics. When she sold it in 1977, the CSNB was the largest news service of its kind in the country.
Ms. Collins' most recent book is As Texas Goes: How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda, published in 2012 by Liveright Publishing Corp./W.W. Norton. She is also the author of America's Women, Scorpion Tongues: Gossip, Celebrity and American Politics, a biography of William Henry Harrison and The Millennium Book, which she co-authored with her husband, Dan Collins.