Rhode Island Press Association
First place, environmental reporting, 2012, for “Trouble in Paradise,” in Rhode Island Monthly. (For the full text, click on “Ponds” at the top of this page.)
The judges said: A clear and concise story written in an engaging style that provides an insightful and interesting look at the problems faced by a landmark attraction from the late 1800s persisting in a modern society that simultaneously loves and neglects it. The writing flows, capturing the optimism of those who would return the park to better days while not shying away from providing an unblinking look at the park’s faded glory and tough problems with tight budgets, goose droppings, industrial waste and polluted runoff.
First place, business reporting, 2006, for “The Bay is Their Oyster,” in Rhode Island Monthly.
First place, reporting on science and the environment, 2005, for “Don’t Mess With Our Brook,” in Rhode Island Monthly.
Second place, reporting on science and the environment, 2013, for “Trash Mountain,” in Rhode Island Monthly.
The judges said: This is an in-depth look at an out-of-sight problem. Lively narrative, with a good mix of anecdotes and data. Story was clearly VERY thoroughly reported.
Second place, business reporting, 2008, for “Deal or No Deal?” in Rhode Island Monthly.
Second place, reporting on science and the environment, 2007, for “Where The Wild Things Are,” in Rhode Island Monthly.
Third place, education story, 2013, for “Not your daddy’s Voke-ed,” in Rhode Island Monthly.
The judges said: Mary went the extra mile in the reporting and researching of this story, which is what makes it so strong. An engaging read from start to finish, written with confidence that comes from solid reporting.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving National Media Award
For outstanding coverage of drunk driving issues in a magazine, for “Dying for a Drink,” in Rhode Island Monthly, 2005.
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Max Karant Award
For excellence in aviation coverage, for a feature about women who fly, “Their Dreams Took Wing,” in The Providence Journal, 1999.