Molly Ivins began her career in journalism as
the complaint department of the Houston Chronicle.
In 1970, she became co-editor of The Texas Observer,
which afforded her frequent fits of hysterical
laughter while covering Texas legislature. In 1976,
Ivins joined The New York Times as a political
reporter. The next year, she was named Rocky
Mountain Bureau Chief, chiefly because there was
no one else in the bureau. In 1982, she returned once
more to Texas, which may have indicated a masochistic
streak, and always had plenty to write about after that.
Her column was syndicated in more than three hundred
newspapers, and her freelance work
appeared in Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly, The
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