Mary Ann Lopez
Birthday: March 5
The best way to describe me is that I'm an observer and a storyteller. My curiosity, interest in meeting people and my love of learning new things has allowed me to be a successful reporter.
Growing up in Calumet City, I was was the youngest of four children and the only girl. During my formative years, I suffered many bumps, bruises and nuggies at the hands of three older brothers, which may have toughened me up for a career in journalism.
I lived in Cal City most of my life until relocating to Boulder, Colo. for graduate school. Once in Colorado, I spent eight years studying and working before returning to the Chicago area. I have a bachelor's degree in political science from Northern Illinois University and a master's degree in print journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder. I interned at The Boulder Daily Camera and The Daily News Leader in Staunton, Va., and I'm a Chips Quinn Scholar.
A journalist for more than 10 years, I started working at small-town papers, inluding The Durango Herald, in Durango, Colo., where I covered a variety of beats including agriculture, education and business. During my time as a journalist, I've won many awards, including six awards in one year.
In 2005, I moved to online journalism, first for YourHub.com and later the Sun-Times News Group. Now, I'm extremely happy to be working for Patch.com, covering all types of news. I am enjoying covering Glen Ellyn For Patch and while at Patch have also worked covering news for Naperville.
In my free time, I enoy doing yoga or spending time at the dog park with my dog Sadie. I love the outdoors, look forward to ski season and I'm planning to participate in another triathalon this year.
If you see me in a local coffee shop, stop and say hello.
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I lean to the left a little. Maybe because one leg is shorter than the other. Seriously, I was born the child of two conservative parents, I had no choice but to rebel. I believe, I'm a registered Democrat. But, I've voted in several different elections for several different parties. My political views have never clouded my reporting. I have experience covering both parties, including coverage of a campaign rally for George W. Bush, which earned me a White House Press Pass.
I was born and raised Catholic, but I am more spiritual than religious. I do attend church occasionally.