Mary Hargrove

Mary Hargrove

Inducted: 2018

MARY HARGROVE (1950- ) began her career at the Newark Advocate in Ohio, where she was sued for her unpublished notes and sources after investigating a badly built subdivision. Her case set the precedent for upholding the Ohio Shield Law. In 1974 she joined The Tulsa Tribune. In 1982, her coverage revealed a $2 billion misuse of funds. From 1983-1991, she was elected to the board of directors of Investigative Reporters and Editors and served as treasurer, vice-president, president and chair. In 1986 and 1987, she covered Oral Roberts and his finances, exposing his misuse of funds that nearly collapsed the university. Between 1993 and 2005 she worked at The Miami Herald and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. In 1999, she received the Robert F. Kennedy grand prize—best of all first places. She earned B.A. and M.A. journalism degrees from Ohio State University.