Mary Jo distinguished herself in all categories of news writing during a career with three newspapers that started in 1970. Her biography of former Gov. Jim McGreevey helped the Star-Ledger win a Pulitzer Prize in 2005. Another of her stories was a Pulitzer finalist in 2001, and won the American Society for Newspaper Editors Prize for Deadline Reporting by a Team. An interview with her about that story was published in "Best Newspaper Writing 2001" by Keith Woods of The Poynter Institute. She has won many other state, regional, and national awards, including first prize for the finest feature reporting in the New York metropolitan area in a contest sponsored by The New York City Deadline Club (1996). She also was a member of a reporting team awarded the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award in 2006, for a series of stories on the Patriot Act. A graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, Mary Jo received two graduate degrees from Columbia University, including a Masters in journalism.