The daughter of Irish immigrants who settled in Queens, Mary Murphy has spent her entire, 30-year career in NYC. By the age of 13, Mary knew she wanted to be a television reporter and anchor. While a student at Queens College in Flushing, Mary interned in the WCBS-TV newsroom and after graduating Magna Cum Laude, she was hired by WPIX-TV Channel 11 as a production assistant, working her way up the ladder to staff reporter. In 1986, WCBS-TV hired Mary as a general assignment reporter. Her coverage of the Joel Steinberg and John Gotti trials garnered two Emmy Award wins by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).
In 1993, Mary returned to WPIX-TV as a special correspondent, where she was assigned to major stories, with hosting duties on 11 News Close-up, plus anchor work. At WPIX, Mary has continued to win numerous awards. In 1995, Mary was honored by the American Women in Radio and Television for a documentary called "Schindler: The Real Story," a report on Holocaust survivors living in New York and New Jersey who were the inspiration for the Steven Spielberg film. Mary is also the recipient of the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award for writing. In the last few years, she has won more than a dozen "First Place" awards from the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association, where she has been honored several times for "General Excellence in Reporting," winning for Best Interview three years in a row.
While weekend co-anchor of the PIX News at Ten, Mary reported on the death of Princess Diana, the fatal plane crash involving John F. Kennedy, Jr., the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin, the 2003 explosion of the space shuttle, Columbia, and several foiled terrorism plots against New York City.
Mary has distinguished herself with her ability to cover a range of topics. As an investigative reporter, Mary has reported on links between cigarette smuggling and terrorism, staged accidents for insurance fraud, sexual abuse in religious communities, sweetheart swindlers, breast cancer misdiagnosis, and lottery scams.
Despite the seriousness of her work, Mary is a movie and music buff, an avid tennis player and enjoys dancing. She has even "boogied" in one of her stories, cutting a rug with the 87-year-old grandfather of a firefighter she was profiling.
Each year, Mary takes part in the Inner Circle charity show, which spoofs the politicians and celebrities covered by reporters from New York's TV, Radio, and Print media. In 2008, Mary served as Inner Circle President, the first WPIX-TV employee to receive that honor. She played presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton in the show, singing a tune from the musical, "Chicago." In 2009, she played former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin--as Beyonce-- spoofing the singing star's video "All the Single Ladies."
LIST OF AWARDS:
NATIONAL ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS AND SCIENCES (NATAS) EMMY AWARDS
1989: Outstanding Coverage of an Instant Breaking News Story "Joel Steinberg Verdict"
1992: Outstanding Coverage of a Continuing News Story "John Gotti Trial"(CBS)
1994: Outstanding Crime Programming "The Hunted"
1995: Outstanding News Special "Mob Tax...or Mob Myth?"
1996: Team Coverage "Arraignment of the Zodiac Killer"
1996: Team Coverage "Yankees Victory Celebration"
2001: Outstanding Single Hard News Story "In the Name of Liberty"
2001: Multi-Part Hard news Story: 9/11 "The Men of Ladder 131"
2001: Single News Feature: 9/11 "Heart of a Lion: Timmy's Story"