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Description: Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, as Gail Gleason, Collins has a degree in journalism from Marquette University and an M.A. in government from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Prior to The New York Times, Collins wrote for the New York Daily News, Newsday, Connecticut Business Journal, United Press International, and the Associated Press in New York City. Collins also founded the Connecticut State News Bureau which operated from 1972 to 1977 and provided coverage of the state capital and Connecticut politics. When it was sold, the company served more than thirty weekly and daily newspaper clients. Gail Collins was the Editorial Page Editor of The New York Times from 2001 to January 1, 2007. She was the first female Editorial Page Editor at the Times. On October 12, 2006, she announced that she would step down as Editorial Page Editor, effective at the end of that year. Collins took six months off to write a book, and returned to the Times to reprise her role as columnist in July 2007. Her column presently runs every Thursday and Saturday. Beyond her work as a journalist, Collins has published several books; Scorpion Tongues: Gossip, Celebrity and American Politics, America's Woman: Four Hundred Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines, and The Millennium Book which she co-authored with her husband Dan Collins. She was also a journalism instructor at Southern Connecticut State University.