Mary Pilon is a sports reporter at The New York Times and the author of a book about the history of the board game Monopoly, which will be published by Bloomsbury USA in June 2014. A full index of her work since she started at The Times in November 2011, can be found here, including dispatches from the London Olympics, doping coverage, features on legal and financial issues in sports, and the occasional video shot from a dog sled or graphic novel about cage fighting in the heartland.
A native of Eugene, Ore., Pilon started working for her hometown paper, the Register-Guard as a teenager. She also enjoyed reading comic books about journalists. From June 2008 to November 2011, she 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 square dancing to The Journal's front page.
Pilon graduated with honors from New York University's College of Arts and Science. She double majored in politics and journalism, and minored in Spanish language. She's worked at New York Magazine, USA Today, and Gawker.com, and has spent over a year abroad in Spain, Russia, and China, but now calls Lower Manhattan home. Pilon also has worked as a singing ice cream server, a nanny, and an elf.
Her work has garnered awards from the New York Society of Professional Journalists, the Freedom Forum, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, and NYU's Journalism Institute. 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 and made Forbes magazine's first-ever 30 Under 30 list for media.
Her grandmother claims to be her biggest fan.