Mary grew up in Renton, Washington, with her telephone man dad, State Legislator mom, and eight brothers and sisters. She majored in English at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho, where she attended on a volleyball scholarship. At her first job, Mary reported, shot, edited, produced, and anchored at KNDO in Yakima, Washington before coming to Utah. ‘
She joined KUTV in 1991 as weekend anchor and reporter. She currently co-anchors the news weekdays on 2NEWS This Morning from 6:00 a.m. – 8 a.m. and 2NEWS at Noon. Mary was just inducted into the Utah Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame for her 23 years of journalism in the Utah market, and won an Emmy for Best News Series in 2012. That series started with Mary getting a mammogram to encourage more women to get screened, and it found an invasive, malignant tumor. Mary shared her surgery, chemo treatments, wig shopping, radiation, and long recovery to promote early detection and cancer education.
In the community, Mary chairs the Advisory Board for Head Start, and donates many hours to help the Ronald McDonald House and Guadalupe Schools. She is on the Board for the Intermountain Catholic Newspaper and the Police Athletic League, and is involved with many community organizations, including the Lupus Society, The Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the Heart Walk.
In the Fall, Mary coaches the sophomore volleyball team at Juan Diego High School. She played professional volleyball for the Utah Predators and was inducted into the Hall of Honor for her participation in the Utah Summer Games. Mary and her husband, Kent, live in the Salt Lake Area and are the parents, tutors, coaches, and cheerleaders for 17 year-old twins, Zachary and MacKenzie.