Mary Ellen Schoonmaker
Mary Ellen was an award-winning editorial writer and opinion columnist for The Bergen Record newspaper in New Jersey for 20 years. In 2001, she received the Editorial Writing award from the Society of the Silurians, the distinguished New York press club. Before that, she was a freelance newspaper and magazine writer, published in The New York Times, Village Voice, Mother Jones, American Film, Family Circle, and Working Mother, among others.
She has written extensively about education, family, and childcare issues. She was also a copy editor at Business Week and an associate editor at The Columbia Journalism Review, where she wrote a groundbreaking piece on new mothers in the newsroom. For the past eight years, Mary Ellen taught Literature and Journalism at Saint Anthony High School in Jersey City, a small urban school whose legendary basketball reputation could not save it from closing. Teaching Journalism and writing at both the high school and college levels has been among the most rewarding phases of her career.