Sadly, Mary Jo Patterson did not live to applaud this year’s Pulitzer winners. The 70-year-old journalist died Sunday after a long illness. She was part of the Star-Ledger team that earned the 2005 Pulitzer for Breaking News Reporting.
From Ted Sherman’s obituary:
A top reporter at the state’s largest newspaper for 30 years, Patterson found compelling stories among the rich and the poor, the powerful and the forgotten, and the young and the old.
“She was the heart and soul of the paper,” said David Tucker, a former managing editor. “She was what a reporter ought to be.”
Much more in the obituary, including comments from her husband, also a former Star-Ledger reporter. Following Patterson’s retirement from the Star-Ledger, she contributed to The New York Times Metro section, freelanced and authored a book about the New Jersey chapter of the ACLU. RIP.