List of Famous Columnists

List of famous columnists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top columnists in the world? This includes the most prominent columnists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. You might also be interested in the best newspaper comic strips and these hilarious newspaper headlines. This list of notable columnists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic columnists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned columnists.

This list of popular columnists includes former Entertainment Weekly columnist Stephen King and The New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd. Featuring newspaper columnists, political columnists, syndicated columnists, and others, this list has them all! 

From reputable, prominent, and well known columnists to the lesser known columnists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the columnist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous columnists ever?" and "What are the names of famous columnists?" then you're in the right place. 

Ranked by
  • Stephen Edwin King is an American author of contemporary horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies, many of which have ...more
  • Walter Winchell (April 7, 1897 – February 20, 1972) was a syndicated American newspaper gossip columnist and radio news commentator. Originally a vaudeville performer, Winchell began his newspaper ...more
  • Dame Joan Henrietta Collins, (born 23 May 1933) is an English actress, author, and columnist. She made her stage debut at the age of nine, trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in ...more
  • Maureen Brigid Dowd (; born January 14, 1952) is an American columnist for The New York Times and an author. During the 1970s and the early 1980s, Dowd worked for Time magazine and the Washington ...more
  • Mike Royko

    Mike Royko

    Michael Royko Jr. (September 19, 1932 – April 29, 1997) was an American newspaper columnist from Chicago. Over his 30-year career, he wrote over 7,500 daily columns for three newspapers, the Chicago ...more
  • Hedda Hopper (born Elda Furry; May 2, 1885 – February 1, 1966) was an American actress and gossip columnist, notorious for feuding with her arch-rival Louella Parsons. She had been a moderately ...more