Question of the Day

Mar 10, 2014

Friday's Question of the Day asked … This journalist of Irish descent landed exclusive interviews with convicted killers such as Richard ``Bruno" Hauptmann and Jack Ruby. However, her sudden death in 1965 drew suspicion, because she was both a loud critic of government agencies and was rumored to be working on "the scoop of the century" concerning JFK's assassination. Who was she, and how did she supposedly die? That would be Dorothy Kilgallen, whose autopsy states she died of a fatal dose of alcohol and barbiturates.

Congratulations to returning champ Tampa Bay Times' Craig Pittman, who was the very first person to tweet us the correct answer! Honorable mentions go out to Jeanne Kirk, @.l.interpretationsJason Hensel of Facility Manager Magazine, freelance journalist Annie DanceBill Chuck of the Chicago Sun-Times and the Boston Globe, M. Edward BoraskyMark Fitzgerald (who recalled a lede of Kilgallen's during a notorious '65 murder trial: "Candy Mossler is 5-foot, 2-inches of sugar-coated barbed wire"), Mitch Cohen, Hollywood HighlandsRon Casalotti, freelance journalist Susan Crane-Sundell, and Edward Tenner.

Still in keeping with the theme: This Irish American journalist (her father immigrated from Fenore, Co. Clare) has been a star columnist with The New York Times for more than a decade and even enjoyed the unique honor of earning a nickname from President George W. Bush. Who is she, and what's the nickname?

Click here to tweet your answer to @MuckRack. We’ll announce the winners tomorrow!

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