It is with great pleasure that Crosscut announces Mary Bruno has joined the newsroom as editor-in-chief. Mary brings to Crosscut deep editorial experience and leadership with newspapers, magazines and websites on both coasts. Her curiosity, sharp eye for lively content and great track record of working with seasoned and aspiring writers combined to make her a perfect complement to our team.
Before she started, I asked Mary for a few thoughts on how we can continue to grow and improve Crosscut. I won’t share it all yet, but her summary of what she wants Crosscut to become is worth sharing.
Crosscut spotlights and scrutinizes the geniuses and the knuckleheads, the boondoggles and the game-changing visions. We use the power of online media to inform, enlighten, clarify and (let's not forget) entertain. Mind-numbingly complex issues don't scare us. Boredom scares us. As far as we’re concerned, to bore is to fail. And we wouldn’t want that now, would we?
Most recently, Mary published an environmental memoir ("An American River," DeWitt Press) about growing up along New Jersey’s Passaic. She also served as executive editor of the environmental news magazine Grist, and worked as an independent media consultant for clients such as Revolution Health and Lee Enterprises, Inc.
In 1997, she helped to launch ABCNEWS.com and managed its Seattle-based editorial team, becoming the site’s Executive Producer in 1999. She moved on to the general manager position at OnHealth.com, and then to HealthTalk.com where she served as the vice president of programming.
Before she dug into journalism, Mary dug into a few bogs in Ohio and South Carolina, earning a master’s degree in freshwater ecology from Ohio’s Bowling Green State University. For the next few years, she studied wetlands and published several scientific papers.
In 1983, she left the field of ecological research to become a writer. Since then she’s covered sports, science and education as a researcher and writer for Newsweek, and written about art, salmon, guns and health care for the Seattle Weekly. She penned a monthly sports column for New York Woman magazine, and was the founding news editor for MrShowbiz.com, the web’s first entertainment site.