Mary Wiltenburg

Mary Wiltenburg (born July 6, 1976 in Rochester, New York) is an award-winning journalist based in Baltimore, Maryland, whose stories profile unfamous people and communities.


Wiltenburg's freelance reporting and photography have appeared in the Monitor, Der Spiegel, The Boston Globe Magazine, and Grist Magazine, and her multimedia and broadcast work on Nightline, This American Life, and Morning Edition. She started her journalism career at Seattle NPR affiliate KUOW and This American Life, before joining the staff of The Christian Science Monitor from 2001-2004, where she covered prison education, clergy sexual abuse, the aftermath of genocide in Rwanda, and the dawn of marriage equality in Massachusetts.[1]


A 1998 graduate of Swarthmore College with a degree in English, Wiltenburg is the daughter of Candace O'Connor and the niece of Kyrie O'Connor.


  • 2010 International Catholic Union of the Press Award for solidarity with refugees, for her series "Little Bill Clinton"[2]
  • 2010 American Society of Journalists and Authors feature writing award, for her profile of a refugee stranded in Tanzania
  • 2008 National Education Writers Association multimedia award, for the "Little Bill Clinton" series [3]
  • 2008 German Marshall Fund Peter R. Weitz Award, for her coverage of US service members stationed in Germany [4]
  • 2001 National Education Writers Association feature writing award, for her story "Shakespeare Behind Bars" [5]


  1. , Fellow bio, International Reporting Project. Retrieved on 2014-4-17.
  2. , Award for solidarity with refugees, International Catholic Union of the Press, 2010. Retrieved on 2014-4-17.
  3. , Multimedia award, National Education Writers Association, 2008. Retrieved on 2014-4-17.
  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-12. Retrieved 2014-04-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link), Peter R. Weitz Award, German Marshall Fund of the United States, 2008. Retrieved on 2014-4-17.
  5. , Feature award, National Education Writers Association, 2001. Retrieved on 2014-4-17.
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