Mary's career began in the epicenter of the entertainment and media world of New York City working with such legacy giants as Virgin Records, WHTZ-Z100, and MTV Networks. After moving to the South Mary continues to find dynamic roles in the City of Chattanooga crafting narratives and producing projects for arts, media and cultural institutions. Go direct to resume page, or scroll through the images and brands below for a glimpse into an adventurous and agile career.
Chattanooga Public Library | 2012–2018 Public Relations Coordinator & Special Projects
Responsible for media and public relations for award winning public library with an emphasis on the institution's innovative 21st century services, spaces and events. Key role in multiple high profile pilot initiatives included project leadership for an enterprising low latency streaming technology that enables live simultaneous long distance collaboration between libraries, schools and venues between “smart gig-cities" in the USA. Promotion and development of the 4th Floor, a heavily trafficked public laboratory and educational facility with a focus on information, design, technology, and the applied arts. This project gained international attention, and was included in the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museums critically acclaimed exhibit “By The People: Designing a Better America.” Co-founder and event manager for annual independent publishing festival, Chattanooga Zine Fest. Media and feature writing across multiple platforms. Website content creation, editing and management; social media management, photography and documentation. Editor of library public events calendar. Brand management. Contributing writer to Library Journal,IMLS Blog.
Nooga.com, TN | 2/11- 2/12 Features Writer
I joined the startup community's first online news source during project launch as a feature writer covering arts, entertainment, local food, neighborhoods, human interest, and profiles. Responsible for daily development of story ideas and sources, research and reporting, interviews and writing. Web-based content management system, photo journalism and social media.
Independent Productions TN, NJ, NY | 2005-2011 Writer, Director, Producer
After attending an immersive institute at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University in Durham, NC, I returned to my community with no shortage of stories surrounding me. I began to direct, write and produce independent documentaries including commissions. Original projects included gallery and festival premieres: "One Road," which co-premiered at the Nashville Film Festival and the Loeb Place Making Conference at Harvard University; the Allied Arts-funded "Higher Ground- Common Ground"; and "And The Iron Did Swim," the CreateHere MakeWork-funded solo photography exhibition at Tanner Hill Gallery. Commercial work includes direct response television marketing and production.
Fox 61 News, TN | 2002-2004 Newsroom Assignment Editor
I was brought into the newsroom as the website executive producer but after revamping the online project's content management system and streamlining the digital reporters' workflow, I was reassigned to manage the news desk. This included daily crew assignments and story coordination for two nightly newscasts; monitor incoming news wires, satellite feeds, phones and police scanners for breaking news and establishing leads. Recipient 2004 Fiscal Innovator Award, Pegasus Communications.
The Johnson Group, TN | 2000-2002 Agency Project Manager
Client services and project management responsibilities including overseeing efficiencies and timelines for assigned creative teams, workflow management, budget coordination, project and print production management, traffic and proofreading, tracking and scheduling, daily team meetings and reports. Recipient Professional Excellence Award.
Bluff View Arts District, TN | 1996-2000 Marketing Director
Marketing and special events management for City’s high end art district dedicated to the visual, horticultural and culinary arts. PR and communications planning, creation and execution; corporate sponsor development, media buying. Site liaison with Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau visiting travel writers program including assignments with Turner South and HGTV.
WDEF-FM, TN | 1992-1994 Continuity Director
Upon arriving to the South, I found a position with the City's longest running radio station alongside broadcasting hall of famer, Luther Masingill. I worked as writer and producer of radio advertising. while serving in a production management role for other content producers. During the station's dramatic format change I wrote and co-produced an award-winning television advertising campaign. On-air special assignments and commercial voice over talent. Recipient of Bronze Addy Award from Chattanooga Advertising Federation.
VIRGIN RECORDS AMERICA, NY | 1989-1991 National Director, Video Promotion
After 5 year's at NY's #1 radio station, I moved into the recording industry taking on a new role at Virgin Records NY as the label's first full timer to run the newly created video promotion department. With the guidance of senior vice presidents, I directed the expansion and represented the label in negotiations with major cable/broadcast outlets to secure promotional support for a full roster of diverse recording artists. I was also a field producer and coordinator for special projects with MTV News and MTV legacy programs including UnPlugged, 120 Minutes, Club MTV,Video Music Awards, and VH1-to-One.
WHTZ-FM / Z-100, NY | 1985-1989 Promotion Coordinator
When this iconic radio station took over the NY radio market in the 80's I was awarded an internship in the promotion department. This turned into a full time position that grew into an on air role with the Morning Zoo and an artists/label liaison role for a nationally syndicated music + interview program. High profile street team projects included world premiere events in Times Square and other NY Metro area top venues.
(note: other image galleries on this site feature selections from the archive of the And The Iron Did Swim documentary project.)