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Mary J. Corey

MDDC Hall of Fame Class of 2014: The Baltimore Sun Media Group's Mary J. Corey
Mary J. Corey

Mary J. Corey

Mary Corey filled many roles in her years at the Baltimore Sun. She was nominated to the Hall of Fame by Trif Alatzas, Senior Vice President/Executive Editor of the Sun. He wrote, in part: “A 26-year reporter and editor at The Baltimore Sun, Corey was a champion for Maryland journalism and a mentor to many young interns, reporters and editors who worked at The Baltimore Sun Media Group.”

Corey started at the Sun as a college intern and rose through the news organization’s ranks. She was named Senior Vice President and Director of Content in 2010, the first woman in The Sun’s 177-year history to run its newsroom. She lost a long battle with breast cancer at the age of 49 in February 2013.

“Corey led The Sun during a period of intense change in the industry,” Alatzas wrote. “Her strong leadership brought The Sun MDDC Newspaper of the Year honors during the past three years in addition to other awards for The Sun and its network of community newspapers and magazines.” During her tenure, the newsroom rapidly innovated, with Corey leading the “creation of new sections, bolstering coverage of medicine and science and enhanced digital journalism,” Alatzas continued.

The Baltimore Sun honored Corey’s nurturing spirit and mentoring strength by creating a paid summer internship for aspiring journalists. The first Mary J. Corey intern, Danae King, a recent graduate of Bowling
Green State University, will work will work full-time in The Sun’s newsroom this summer as a metro reporter.

Tim Ryan, Publisher, President and CEO of the Baltimore Sun, remembers her as a “reporter, an editor, a mentor and a leader...Her spirit and legacy will always be a part of The Sun. We are reminded every day of her passion for journalism by her own words that are displayed on our lobby wall."

Corey was excited by the possibilities new technology brings to journalism and her thoughts on the future of our industry can be summed up by those words on the wall in the Sun’s lobby: “...Journalism is now a spirited conversation with our audience rather than a monologue...In the end, what makes The Sun successful is people.” Alatzas adds that Corey believed “...that our skills as journalists would continue to evolve, but that the core of our work to inform, engage and serve as a watchdog for our audience would never change.”

Mary's Hall of Fame video.
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