Mary Pilon is the author of “The Monopolists,” a New York Times bestseller about the history of the board game Monopoly (Bloomsbury, February 2015) and the forthcoming “The Kevin Show” (Bloomsbury, March 2018). Her work, chiefly about sports, business, and politics, regularly appears in the New Yorker, Esquire, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Vice, New York, and The New York Times, among other publications. She also appears on a variety of TV and radio programs and worked as a producer for NBC Sports at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Pilon previously was a staff reporter with sports desk at The Times and a full index of her work there can be found here, including dispatches from the London Olympics, doping coverage, features on legal and financial issues in sports and the occasional video shot from a dog sled or graphic novel about cage fighting in the heartland. From June 2008 to November 2011, Mary worked at The Wall Street Journal, where she covered various aspects of business and finance. Among her lesser-known accomplishments: bringing slugs, yo-yos, the NYSE movie room and square dancing to the Journal’s front page.
Her work has been featured in The Best American Sportswriting and garnered awards from the New York Society of Professional Journalists, the Freedom Forum and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. She was part of NBC’s Emmy-nominated Olympic production team and the Journal’s squad that won Gerald Loeb and New York Press Club Awards in 2011 for covering the “Flash Crash” of 2010. She made the Forbes magazine’s first-ever 30 Under 30 list for media.
A native of Eugene, Ore., Mary started working for her hometown paper, the Register-Guard as a teenager and reading comic books about journalists. Mary is an honors graduate of New York University and spent over a year abroad in Spain, Russia and China but now calls New York City home.
Her grandmother claims to be her biggest fan.