Mary Staes

Instructor, Social Media Coordinator for School of Communication and Design

Bachelor of Art, Mass Communication, Loyola University New Orleans

Mary Staes is an award-winning multimedia journalist. She has been published on,, and the Marine Corps Times. 

She joined the Very Local New Orleans team in October 2018 and is the digital curator for the site. She provides daily content for Very Local, as well as its social media pages, and guides freelancers and content contributors to the fresh voice the site projects in the city. After joining Very Local, the publication earned the 2018 New Orleans Press Club Award for Best Lifestyle Blog.

Mary was a part of the WWL-TV news team in 2015 and served as a digital content producer and weekend assignment editor for the station. Only a year after joining the digital team there, she was awarded the Willie P. Wilson Excellence in Storytelling Award. She is the youngest member of WWL-TV to have earned the distinction. She was also the youngest acting manager at the station during her time there.

Mary is a Loyola University alumna. During her senior year, she received the Bonomo Award for Outstanding Student in the School of Mass Communication and the A. Louis Reed Award for Outstanding Electronic Media Student.

She has also served in the United States Marine Corps, specializing in public affairs.

Office Location:
CM 332 Communications/Music Complex
Mailing Address: 

6363 St. Charles Ave
Campus Box 201
New Orleans, LA, 70118

Direct Phone: 
(504) 865-3430
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