– April 20
) was an American journalist
. She was a fierce opponent of the Vietnam War
and was on Richard Nixon
's enemies list
for writing "daily hate Nixon articles."
Born in Roslindale, Boston, Massachusetts to Edward and Mary McGrory, she shared her father's love of Latin and writing, and she graduated from the Girls' Latin School and began her career as a book reviewer at The Boston Herald. She was hired in 1947 by The Washington Star and began her career as a journalist, a path she was inspired to take by reading Jane Arden comic strips. She rose to prominence as their reporter covering the McCarthy hearings in 1954.
McGrory won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1975, for her articles about the Watergate scandal. After the Star went out of business in 1981, she went to work for The Washington Post. In 1985, McGrory received the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award as well as an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Colby College. She died in Washington, D.C. at the age of 85.
In a 1983 paperback, Wayne Coffey's 303 of the World's Worst Predictions
, McGrory was falsely described as having "predicted" in her Washington Star
column that George McGovern
would win the 1972 presidential campaign "by a landslide". As it turned out, the book's author, rather than McGrory, had written ineptly. McGrory's October 22
column had been about McGovern's showing in the state of Michigan
, which she felt might be one of the few states McGovern could win. The column began, "Here in Michigan, they have failed to get the word about the Nixon landslide. Nevertheless, readers of Coffey's book were given the impression that the liberal McGrory had made the most erroneous "prediction" in political history.
McGrory was assigned by the Star to travel with Robert F. Kennedy during his ill fated 1968 presidential campaign and became close to his wife Ethel at the time.