McGrory, Mary

McGrory, Mary,

1918–2004, American journalist, b. Boston, grad. Emmanuel College. McGrory wrote with clarity, lyricism, and wit on the events and personalities of the five decades spanned by her groundbreaking career. In 1954 she began reporting for the Washington Star, where she had been hired in 1947 as a book reviewer, and quickly attracted notice with cogent pieces on the Army-McCarthy hearings (see McCarthy, Joseph RaymondMcCarthy, Joseph Raymond,
1908–57, U.S. senator from Wisconsin (1947–57), b. near Appleton, Wis. He practiced law in Wisconsin and became (1940) a circuit judge. He served with the U.S. marines in the Pacific in World War II, achieving the rank of captain.
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). McGrory, an avowed liberal, began her syndicated column in 1960, moving (1981) to the Washington Post when the Star folded. She was particularly noted for her coverage of the election, assassination, and funeral of President Kennedy; the Vietnam WarVietnam War,
conflict in Southeast Asia, primarily fought in South Vietnam between government forces aided by the United States and guerrilla forces aided by North Vietnam. The war began soon after the Geneva Conference provisionally divided (1954) Vietnam at 17° N lat.
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; the rise and fall of President Nixon (she was on his "enemies list"); the Watergate affairWatergate affair,
in U.S. history, series of scandals involving the administration of President Richard M. Nixon; more specifically, the burglarizing of the Democratic party national headquarters in the Watergate apartment complex in Washington, D.C.
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 (Pulitzer Prize, 1975); the impeachment of President Clinton; and the invasion of Iraq.
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