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List of Famous Columnists

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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. 

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  • Joan Collins
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  • Maureen Dowd
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  • Mike Royko

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    Michael Royko Jr. (September 19, 1932 – April 29, 1997) was an American newspaper columnist...  more
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    Irving "Irv" Kupcinet (July 31, 1912 – November 10, 2003) was an American newspaper columnist...  more
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  • Bill Keller
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