Mary Corey, First Woman to Head Baltimore Sun Newsroom, Dies at 49

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Mary Corey. Courtesy of The Baltimore Sun.
Mary Corey. Courtesy of The Baltimore Sun.

Mary J. Corey, the first woman in The Baltimore Sun‘s 176-year history to head its newsroom, died yesterday of breast cancer.

In a memo to all newsroom employees, Timothy E. Ryan, publisher, president and CEO of The Baltimore Sun, announced the news.  The memo, first reported on, read:

From: Ryan, Tim
Sent: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 6:48 PM
Subject: The saddest of news

To all BSMG newsroom employees,

It is with great sadness that I inform you that Mary Corey lost her courageous battle with breast cancer today, surrounded by her loved ones.

As we learn more from her family about arrangements, and as we plan any special tributes to Mary here at BSMG, I will pass that information on to you.

For those of you not in the newsroom when we made the announcement, I know that sharing this news with you via email is far from ideal. However, I felt it was important to inform you immediately.

In the meantime, please keep Mary’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.


Corey, 49, was the Sun’s senior vice president and director of content. She grew up at the paper, joining it as a college intern and rising through its reporting and editing ranks, The Sun obituary reports. She led The Sun to regional Newspaper of the Year honors during the past two years and spearheaded new print and digital sections, while building on its tradition of investigative journalism.

“Mary was an outstanding colleague and a wonderful person,” said Ryan, who picked her as editor in 2010, recognizing that she would be an extraordinary leader for their team.

Corey led almost 200 journalists at the Sun and its community newspapers and magazines during challenging times. Fiercely devoted to the newspaper that she grew up reading in Cockeysville, she steadied the newsroom as the industry was contracting and adjusting to a new media landscape.

Perhaps most personally meaningful for her was the 2010 return of the Sun magazine, 14 years after it ceased publication, the Sun wrote in its obit. Corey got her start in journalism at the magazine, while still a student at what is now Notre Dame of Maryland University.

Corey covered Baltimore’s dining scene, profiled newsmakers and celebrities and served a tour as fashion writer. She became a national correspondent in 1997, covering such stories as the murder of designer Gianni Versace in Miami and co-authoring a series on the children of civil rights icons Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.

Over the years, she rose from deputy national editor to assistant managing editor for features, becoming a juror on the Pulitzer Prize panel that selected the feature writing winner. In 2009, she was named head of print, and a year later, took the top editorial job.

Corey was born in New York and moved to the Baltimore area as a child. After Dulaney High School, where she played field hockey, she went to Notre Dame of Maryland under an academic scholarship. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1985. She is survived by her mother, two older sisters and their families.

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