Maureen Orth, ’64 Political Science

Job title: 
Special Correspondent, Vanity Fair Magazine

Maureen Orth is a special correspondent for Vanity Fair. She began her career as one of the first woman writers at Newsweek, where she wrote seven cover stories and won a National Magazine Award. Her best-selling book, Vulgar Favors, was the basis of the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace. She has written for Vanity Fair since 1989, and has profiled everyone from Vladimir Putin and Karl Lagerfeld to Angela Merkel and Madonna.  Her major investigative pieces include the charges of pedophilia against Michael Jackson and Woody Allen. A former Peace Corps volunteer, Ms. Orth founded the Marina Orth Foundation in Medellin, Colombia, where her boys and girls robotics teams have become international champions. In 2022, she was honored with Colombian citizenship. In 2016, she was named the Distinguished Alumnus of the Cal Alumni Club of Washington, D.C., and she received the Campanile Excellence in Achievement Award from UC Berkeley in 2021.  Ms. Orth is a former trustee of the UC Berkeley Foundation and a Builder of Berkeley.