My Career

Here are my archives, including many of the articles I have written since beginning my career in the early seventies until now; from counterculture days in San Francisco to contemporary Washington. Believe me, there have been some characters along the way. I was in the recording studio with Stevie Wonder, in Ashbury Park with Bruce Springsteen when he was 26 years old and was the first to interview Bob Dylan when he resumed his career in 1973. More recently I interviewed the leading members of the Obama administration to accompany Annie Leibowitz’s photos in Vanity Fair.


On the Verge – The Razor’s Edge May 9, 2014

  By MAUREEN ORTHMay 7, 2014 12:15 pmMay 17, 2014 8:58 pm The staggering beauty and abundant resources of Colombia’s Chocó region have been preserved through poverty and neglect. With its natural wonders now being discovered, it stands at a crossroads. Photo CURRENT AFFAIRS Wooden motorboats are used for transport on the Nuquí river in […]

The Numbers Vladimir Putin Doesn’t Want You to See March 31, 2014

Russians prefer alternative reality. In the days since Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea, the Russian people are once again feeling good about their country. A robust 63 percent of them say they consider Russia a “great power,” according to a survey released this week by the Levada Center, a respected Russian polling firm. The survey also […]

10 Undeniable Facts About the Woody Allen Sexual-Abuse Allegation February 7, 2014

This week, a number of commentators have published articles containing incorrect and irresponsible claims regarding the allegation of Woody Allen’s having sexually abused his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow. As the author of two lengthy, heavily researched and thoroughly fact-checked articles that deal with that allegation—the first published in 1992, when Dylan was seven, and the […]

Momma Mia! November Vanity Fair November 16, 2013

Grounded in her human-rights work, Mia Farrow can look back at another triumph—the loving home she created for 14 adopted and biological children. But she must also continue to deal with the wreckage from the sensational scandal that almost rent it apart 20 years ago. From Farrow and eight of her kids, including the long-silent Dylan, Maureen Orth gets the full story of life before and after Woody Allen.

Carla on a Hot Tin Roof – VF June 2013 June 19, 2013

Now that Carla Bruni is no longer France’s First Lady, she might have expected the spotlight to be back on her music career with the release of her fourth album, Little French Songs. But her husband, Nicolas Sarkozy, is once more in the headlines, under investigation for financially taking advantage of France’s richest woman as […]

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