Mary Katherine “Kay” Mills was born on February 4, 1941, in Washington D.C. to Mary Sibold Mills and Morris Hammond Mills. Kay grew up in the Washington D.C. area and graduated from Chevy Chase High School in 1959. Mills went directly into journalism after she graduated from Northwestern. Her first job in journalism was with the United Press International in Chicago, where she worked for 3 years while in graduate school. Mills began working as a journalist on the Muskie 1968 vice presidential campaign. Mills was also involved with Muskie’s Senate reelection campaign in 1970. Mills covered Muskie’s withdrawal from the presidential race in 1972 when she worked for the News Bureau in Washington.
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