Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection


Don Nicoll

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 404


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.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: personal background; getting involved in politics as a journalist; influence of parents; connection with Edmund Muskie; 1968 vice presidential campaign; 1970 Senate campaign; end of the Muskie campaign; job at the News Bureau; recollections about Muskie and the 1972 campaign; and Muskie’s opinions about women working in politics.

Use Restrictions

Copyright Bates College. This transcript is provided for individual Research Purposes Only; for all other uses, including publication, reproduction and quotation beyond fair use, permission must be obtained in writing from: The Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College, 70 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, Maine 04240-6018.