Photo by the great Nikola Tamindzic.

Photo by the great Nikola Tamindzic.

Mary Pilon is a sports reporter at The New York Times and the author of "The Monopolists," a book about the history of the board game Monopoly (Bloomsbury, February 2015). 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., Mary started working for her hometown paper, the Register-Guard as a teenager and reading comic books about journalists. 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 slugsyo-yos, the NYSE movie room and square dancing to the Journal’s front page.

Mary is 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’s worked at New York Magazine, USA Today and and spent over a year abroad in Spain, Russia and China but now calls New York City home. Mary has also worked as a singing ice cream server, nanny and 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 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 and made the Forbes magazine's first-ever 30 Under 30 list for media. 

Her grandmother claims to be her biggest fan.