Molly Ivins ’66, known for her acerbic and refreshingly honest political columns, received the International Women’s Media Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award this October.
Ivins attended Scripps her freshman year, in 1962-63, then transferred to Smith College, where she graduated in 1966; both colleges legitimately claim her as an alumna and member of their respective classes of 1966. Ivins has returned to the Scripps campus several times for speaking engagements and delivered the Commencement address in May 2003.
Ivins pens a nationally syndicated column carried in more than 200 newspapers and a column for The Progressive, while contributing regularly to Time, The Nation, and Mother Jones. Considered one of the nation’s wittiest political pundits, Ivins is also a writer for the American Civil Liberties Union and is active in Amnesty International’s Journalism Network. The author of several books, including Shrub: The Short but Happy Political Life of George W. Bush, Ivins received the National Society of Newspaper Columnists’ Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994 and has been a three-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.