Arts and entertainment, government, politics, healthcare, education, and lifestyle topics.
Mary enjoys reading, baking, and volunteering at the Humane Society.
Mary majored in English and minored in journalism. She wrote for the campus newspaper, edited the college's literary journal and tutored students in writing.
Mary has written three articles about education since becoming a freelancer. One article is a profile on a school superintendent. Another article is about the emphasis on STEM in a local school district. The third is about a program called Study Buddies, where older students tutor younger ones. Mary also covered education extensively when she was a full-time newspaper reporter.
Mary wrote a freelance story about a husband and wife who are coaches and whose six children all participate in school athletics and other activities. The story focused on how the family coordinates everything from transportation to having at least one parent or other relative present at all the kids' events. Mary also wrote about family life when she was a full-time newspaper reporter.
Mary wrote a freelance story for the Mitchell County Press-News on a local non-profit organization that matches children who need a role model in their lives with adult mentors in the community. Mary also wrote articles about numerous non-profit organizations while she was a full-time newspaper reporter.
Mary has written freelance articles for two clients: the North Iowa Media Group, which includes the Globe Gazette and Mitchell County Press-News; and the Charles City Press. Her articles for the North Iowa Media Group include a story on an historic home, coverage of the Iowa caucuses, and several articles on a project that will bring broadband internet access to a rural community. Articles for the Charles City Press, which were written for an upcoming special section on community progress, include features on several businesses.