Treasuring the Wit and Wisdom of Molly Ivins

Molly Ivins (right) shares a laugh with the late Ann Richards, former Texas governor, in 1991. i i

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Molly Ivins (right) shares a laugh with the late Ann Richards, former Texas governor, in 1991.

Molly Ivins (right) shares a laugh with the late Ann Richards, former Texas governor, in 1991.

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Conventional journalism didn't quite fit Molly Ivins, the liberal political columnist and author.

Ivins, who died Wednesday of breast cancer at age 62, bedeviled politicians — especially those of her native Texas — with witty political critiques.

She started at The Houston Chronicle and The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, but by 1969, Ivins had had enough of conventional newspaper editors.

"I couldn't find any way to tell the truth in a regular newspaper," she said in a 2006 interview.

She went home to Texas, where she became editor of the independent political journal The Texas Observer in 1970. With her sense of humor and ability to tell stories, she made herself famous and the Texas legislature infamous.

Her book Molly Ivins Can't Say That, Can She? brought her national recognition. She later became a commentator for Morning Edition, and her syndicated column reached 340 newspapers, many in small markets around the country.

Diagnosed with cancer in 1999, she continued to write until her death.

Molly Ivins Dies at 62 After Bout with Breast Cancer

Molly Ivins, seen here in 2003, saw her work appear in 300 newspapers.

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Syndicated columnist and best-selling author Molly Ivins has died of breast cancer at the age of 62. As editor of the Texas Observer during the 1970s, Ivins became famous for her biting wit as she chronicled the political antics of the Texas legislature.

A liberal who often skewered the political establishment, Ivins wrote a book about President Bush titled Shrub: The Short but Happy Political Life of George W. Bush. It became a best seller.

Ivins became famous writing about Texas, but she got her early seasoning in Minnesota as a police reporter for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

She then made her name in Texas as an editor for the Observer, an independent political journal. "I never saw anything funnier than Texas politics," Ivins once said of her time covering the good-ol'-boy networks of state politics.

After Ivins became a syndicated columnist, her work appeared in 300 newspapers. But her writing about President Bush brought her an even larger audience as a best selling author.

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