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M A U R E E N  O R T H
Special Correspondent
Vanity Fair

In her position as Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair, Maureen Orth has interviewed and written about some of the world’s leading political and controversial figures. Her stories have covered (but are not limited to): Russian President Vladimir Putin, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Argentinian President Carlos Menem, as well as Madonna, Gerry Adams (Sein Fein), and fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld.  Ms. Orth’s investigative articles have spotlighted the role of Afghanistan’s illegal opium trade in funding international terrorism, allegations of sexual abuse by Michael Jackson, and allegations of child abuse by Woody Allen.  She was named by Newsweek magazine as one of the “100 Overclass,” America’s new elite.

Prior to the start of her writing career with Vanity Fair in 1988, Ms. Orth was a contributing editor at Vogue, columnist for New York Woman, network correspondent for NBC News, senior editor for New York and New West magazines, and the lifestyle and entertainment editor at Newsweek. She has been honored with a National Magazine Award for group coverage of the arts during her stint at Newsweek. Ms. Orth lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband, Tim Russert, and their son.


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