Mary Pilon

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Mary Pilon
Born (1986-05-16) May 16, 1986 (age 31)
Eugene, Oregon
Nationality American
Occupation Journalist
Notable work The Monopolists

Mary Pilon (born May 16, 1986, in Eugene, Oregon) is an award-winning journalist based in the United States who primarily writes about sports and business.She most recently was on staff covering sports for The New York Times. Her work has also appeared in the New Yorker,[1] Fast Company[2] and Smithsonian Magazine,[3] as well as on Medium[4] and Deadspin.[5]

She is an alumna of New York University, a member of the graduating class of 2008 with a degree in politics and journalism.

Pilon has worked for Dow Jones, USA Today and New York Magazine and worked for Gawker from 2006 to 2008. From 2008 to 2011, Pilon reported for the Wall Street Journal Money and Investing Section on finance and Wall Street during the Financial Crisis, one of the youngest reporters on staff. She won a Gerald Loeb award for her coverage of the 2010 Flash Crash.

At The Times, Pilon authored "Tomato Can Blues," a true-crime story of Charles Rowan, an amateur cage fighter who faked his own death. The story was the first-ever graphic novel for the paper and the first audiobook, narrated by actor Bobby Cannavale.

She is the author of "The Monopolists," released on February 17, 2015, by Bloomsbury, which tells the true story of the board game Monopoly. Pilon spent more than five years investigating the game's origins, which date back to feminist Lizzie Magie and the Progressive Era. The book was a quick bestseller[citation needed] and received to critical acclaim, including positive reviews in Slate, the Los Angeles Times, the New Republic, the Boston Globe, among others. Legendary journalist Gay Talese said that Pilon "writes with the assurance and energy of a historian who knows she has struck gold."

Pilon has cited her upbringing in Eugene, Ore., and early love of comic books among her inspirations. She took a Greyhound to New York City and now lives in Brooklyn.[6]

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  1. ^ Pilon, Mary (January 28, 2015). "Carolina Kostner and the Fight Against Doping". The New Yorker. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Pilon, Mary (January 28, 2015). "USING GOOGLE GLASS, ELEMENTARY STUDENTS LEARN HOW BLIND PEOPLE LIVE". Fast Company. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Pilon, Mary (January 2015). "Monopoly Was Designed to Teach the 99% About Income Inequality". SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Pilon, Mary. "The Last of the Typewriter Men". Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  5. ^ Pilon, Mary. "How Monopoly Helped Win World War II". Deadspin. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  6. ^ Baker, Mark. "Pass go and keep going". The Register-Guard. Retrieved 24 February 2015.