|Mary Anastasia O'Grady|
|Born||Mary Anastasia O'Grady
Pennsylvania, United States
|Employer||The Wall Street Journal|
Mary Anastasia O'Grady — also published as Mary 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.
Some of O'Grady's columns or opinion articles published in the WSJ have been challenged by critiques; mostly because O'Grady has consistently taken a conservative stance on events in Latin America, opposing many of the center or left wing political movements that have arisen there in recent years, and supporting governments like that of Alvaro Uribe in Colombia.
Some left-leaning pundits have attempted to discredit O'Grady's accusations about Latin American governments. They claim that she said that Fidel Castro was making viruses to share with Islamic fundamentalists, and claim that she asserted that Hugo Chavez and Daniel Ortega were providing "havens" for Islamic terrorists. But no references or evidences of those claims have been provided by critics.
- 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