Marylouise Oates Writer

Marylouise Oates holds an M.Div. from Yale. After becoming one of the first two women on The Daily Pennsylvanian, the student newspaper of the University of Pennsylvania, she became the youngest national reporter for United Press International, covering the 1964 Democratic Convention, the Philadelphia riots and New Jersey politics. She then moved to the National Desk in New York City. She joined the “Dump Johnson” movement, then served as Deputy National Press Secretary, McCarthy for President. She was the journalist-in-residence, The Daily California, the University of California, Berkeley, 1968-69, then returned to Washington D.C., where she was the press secretary for the National Vietnam Moratorium and then for the National Welfare Rights Organization. She was politically active in the gay and lesbian civil rights movement in California in the 1970s, and then became a reporter and the society columnist for the Los Angeles Times, where she refocused coverage to include minority communities, the power of political money, and the emerging AIDS crisis. She is the author of three novels: one of them, Making Peace, which describes the turmoil and intrigues of the anti-war movement, was praised in the New York Times for capturing the sprit of those times. She worked with First Lady Hillary Clinton in the global initiative to empower women, Vital Voices, and created and directed the Friends of the Communities of Northern Ireland, which has raised and allocated more than 5-million pounds to community-building and peace-building projects