Maureen Orth is an award winning journalist, a Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair Magazine, and the founder of the Marina Orth Foundation which promotes advanced learning in technology and English for over 1200 students.
Orth began her journalism career as the third woman writer at Newsweek in 1972, where she was the pop music writer, the entertainment and lifestyle editor and wrote seven cover stories on such music icons as Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder and Bruce Springsteen. In the last two decades she has traveled the world for Vanity Fair, reporting on a wide range of both heroes and rogues. Among the heads of state she has interviewed are Vladimir Putin and Margaret Thatcher, Argentine President Carlos Menem, Irish President Mary Robinson and the First Lady of France, Carla Bruni. Over a twelve year period (1994-2006) she made headlines writing five investigative pieces on Michael Jackson. She received a 2011 Front Page Award for her article on the fight over designer Oleg Cassinis will and a national magazine award nomination for her chronicle of the zigzagging career of Arianna Huffington.
Orths investigative story highlighting the role of Afghanistans illegal opium trade in funding terrorism written shortly after 9/11, has been lauded by the Office of Drug Control Policy. In 2008, she interviewed five hostages of FARC guerrillas who were held in the Colombian jungle and rescued by the Colombian military. Orth has been a contributing editor at Vogue, a network correspondent for NBC News, a senior editor for New York and New West magazines and a columnist for New York Woman. She has also contributed to The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times. She has published two books, the best selling Vulgar Favors about the murder of Gianni Versace, and The Importance of Being Famous, Behind the Scenes of the Celebrity Industrial Complex.