Mary Pilon is a native of Eugene, Ore., where she got her start working for her hometown paper, the Register-Guard and reading comic books about journalists. In November 2011, she joined the staff of The New York Times as a sports reporter and is currently working on a book about the history of the board game Monopoly to be published by Bloomsbury USA.
From June 2008 to November 2011, Mary worked at The Wall Street Journal, where she covered various aspects of personal finance and the financial crisis for print and online editions and regularly appeared on national TV and radio. Among her lesser-known accomplishments: bringing slugs,yo-yos, the NYSE movie room and the word “poo” to the Journal’s front page.
Mary covered student activism and the 2004 presidential election for NYU’s student newspaper, the Washington Square News. She’s interned at New York Magazine, USA Today and Gawker.com. Mary has also worked as a singing ice cream server, nanny and elf.
She’s an honors graduate of New York University’s College of Arts and Science with double majors in Politics and Journalism and a minor in Spanish language. She spent over a year abroad in Spain, Russia and China.
Her work has garnered awards from the NY Society of Professional Journalists, the Freedom Forum and NYU’s Journalism School. She was part of the Journal’s team that won Gerald Loeb and New York Press Club Awards in 2011 for covering the “Flash Crash” of 2010.
Her grandmother claims to be her biggest fan.