Maureen Orth Biography

Updated On Jul 29, 2019 Published On Jul 29, 2019
Facts of Maureen Orth
Date of Birth: 1943 , January-26
Birth Nation: United States
Name Maureen Orth
Birth Name Maureen Orth
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Berkeley, California
Ethnicity White
Profession Journalist
Net Worth $1 million-$3 million
Eye Color Dark brown
Hair Color Black
Face Color White
Famous for Reports on Micheal Jackson and Woody Allen
Married Tim Russert
Children Luke Russert
Education University of California
Online Presence Twitter
Books Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U. S. History and The Importance of Being Famous
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Maureen Orth is an American author and a tabloid reporter. She is also recognized as the wife of late American journalist, Tim Russert. She is the Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair magazine since 1993. She is best known as the author of Vulgar Favors and The Importance of Being Famous.

Maureen Orth: Early Life, Bio, Wiki, and Education

Maureen Anne Orth was born on January 26, 1943, in Berkeley, California.

Maureen CAPTION: Maureen Orth SOURCE: Zimbio

She has not revealed information about her parents nor has she mentioned any siblings, as of 2019.

Education

After completing his high school, Maureen Orth attended and graduated from the University of California in Berkeley, in 1964. After graduation, she joined and served the Peace Corps in Medellin Columbia from 1964 to 1966.

Orth completed her Master's degree from UCLA in Journalism and Documentary film.

How old is Maureen Orth?

Maureen Orth’s age is 76, as of 2019.

Personal Life: Husband, Death, Kid

Maureen Orth was previously married to the late Tim Russert. Russert was a television journalist and lawyer who appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press for 16 years.

Maureen met Tim at the 1980 Democratic National Convention and quickly fell in love. They tied the knot in December 1983 and had one child together.

Maureen CAPTION: Maureen Orth with her husband, Tim Russert (left) and son Luke Russert (right). SOURCE: Vanity Fair

Their son, Luke Russert is a Boston College graduate and was NBC News and MSNBC’s correspondent.

Orth and Russert were married for 24 years before Russert died from a heart attack on June 13, 2008.

How tall is Maureen Orth?

Although Maureen Orth’s exact height is unknown, she is definitely well above 5 feet 4 inches.

Maureen Orth ‘s Career

Maureen started her career in journalism as one of the first female writers at Newsweek magazine. There, she wrote seven cover stories of celebrities like Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, and Bruce Springsteen.

From 1978 to 1980, she became the senior editor at New York, New West Magazines and then continued as principal correspondent of Newsweek Woman on Lifetime TV. She also worked at Vogue as a contributing editor and a columnist for New York Women.

Maureen CAPTION: Maureen Orth SOURCE: Vanity Fair

Maureen Orth has even written for Vanity Fair since 1988 and has been a Special Correspondent for the magazine since 1993. She has had the opportunity to interview leaders like Vladimir Putin and Margaret Thatcher.

Orth also reported about two major celebrity child molestation case on Micheal Jackson and Woody Allen. In 2014, she covered Taylor Swift for InStyle magazine and in 2015, wrote the best-selling National Geographic cover, The Virgin Mary, the Most Powerful Woman in the World.

Orth has published two books as of 2019. Her books are Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U. S. History which was published in 1999 and The Importance of Being Famous which was published in 2004.

Net Worth of Maureen Orth

Maureen Orth’s major source of income comes from as a journalist. According to sources, journalism earns an average of $529,000 annually.

Maureen CAPTION: Maureen Orth with son Luke Russert. SOURCE: Vanity Fair

She also earns from her books. Her 1999 book, Vulgar Favors sells for $12.95 per paperback unit on Amazon while her 2004 book, The Importance of Being Famous sells for $19.75 per paperback unit.

Her son, Luke Russert, who is also a journalist, has an impressive net worth of $9 million. Looking at all of Maureen’s accomplishments as a journalist and as an author, she has an estimated net worth from $1 million to $3 million.

Maureen Orth facts on timeline

Born in Berkeley, California

January 26 , 1943

Maureen Anne Orth was born on January 26, 1943, in Berkeley, California. She is not known to have any siblings.

Graduated from University of California

1964

After completing his high school, Maureen Orth attended and graduated from the University of California in Berkeley, in 1964. 

Became senior editor

1978

From 1978 to 1980, Maureen Orth became the senior editor at New York, New West Magazines and then continued as principal correspondent of Newsweek Woman on Lifetime TV.

Married Tim Russert

1983

Maureen Orth met Tim Russert at the 1980 Democratic National Convention and quickly fell in love and tied the knot on December 1983 

Became Vanity Fair's Special Correspondent

1993

Maureen Orth has written for Vanity Fair since 1988 and has been a Special Correspondent for the magazine since 1993.

Published her book, The Importance of Being Famous

2004

Maureen Orth's second book, The Importance of Being Famous was published in 2004. Her first book was published in 1999.

Husband Tim Russert dies

June 13 , 2008

Maureen Orth and Russert were married for 24 years before Russert died from a heart attack on June 13, 2008.

Net worth estimated to range from $1 million to $3 million

2019

Looking at all of Maureen Orth’s accomplishments as a journalist and as an author, she has an estimated net worth from $1 million to $3 million.