My name is Mary Byrne, and I'm a reporter at The Greenfield Recorder, a daily newspaper covering Franklin County.
Previously, I was a reporter and editor for the Danvers Herald in Danvers, Massachusetts, a weekly newspaper serving a community of about 27,000 residents. I've also interned at the Better Government Association, Chicago Inno and WTTW Chicago Tonight, and I was the managing editor of Loyola University Chicago's student newspaper, the Loyola Phoenix. In 2015, I spent a semester studying journalism in Rabat, Morocco, where I wrote a feature story on an immigrant family after the implementation of Africa's first immigration policy.
I have a masters degree in media, communications and international journalism from the University of Glasgow, and a bachelor's degree from Loyola University Chicago.
When I'm not consuming or reporting on the news, I'm downing excessive amounts of coffee in my favorite coffee shops, planning where to run my next half-marathon, and finding the next binge-worthy TV show. I can also often be found staring at an email I wrote an hour ago, re-reading it "one more time" before finally sending it.
Welcome to my online portfolio.
A few examples of my work:
Pandemic has lingering impact on students' mental health
As school returns to 'normal', education and public health officials express concern for the mental health issues faced by students returning to the classroom.
South Deerfield restaurant owner overcomes 80-day hospital stay
Richard Daviau speaks to his experience of being hospitalized by COVID-19 for nearly 3 months in the hospital during the pandemic's earliest days.