|Born||Mary Anastasia O'Grady
Pennsylvania, United States
|Employer||The Wall Street Journal|
Mary O'Grady — also frequently published as Mary Anastasia O'Grady — is an editor of the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) and member of the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board since 2005. She writes predominantly on Latin America and is a co-editor of the Index of Economic Freedom.
O'Grady joined the WSJ in 1995 and became a senior editorial page writer in 1999. Previously she was an options strategist for Advest, Thomson McKinnon Securities then Merrill Lynch, where she worked for 10 years. She has a bachelor's degree in English from Assumption College and an M.B.A. in financial management from Pace University. She is also editor of "The Americas," a weekly column that appears every Monday and deals with politics, economics and business in Latin America and Canada.
Many of O'Grady's columns or opinion articles published in the WSJ have been challenged by diverse critiques. O'Grady has consistently taken a conservative stance on events in Latin America, opposing many of the leftist political movements that have arisen there in recent years, and supporting right-of-center governments like that of Alvaro Uribe in Colombia.
Some left-leaning pundits have attempted to discredit O'Grady's accusations about Latin American governments, such as her claim that Fidel Castro was making viruses to share with Islamic fundamentalists, and her assertion that Hugo Chavez and Daniel Ortega were providing "havens" for Islamic terrorists.
Phillip Cryan also wrote a piece for Counterpunch in 2004 listing many of the allegedly false claims made by O'Grady in her columns. Other critiques include "Venezuela's Voters Have Spoken" --Jimmy Carter responding to a WSJ article by O'Grady.
- Inter American Press Association's David Gleaner Award (1997)
- International Policy Network's Bastiat Prize (2005)
- Association of Private Enterprise Education's Thomas Jefferson Award (2009)
- WSJ Biography
- Latin America Needs Free Trade and Drug Legalization, Interview with O'Grady by Reason.tv