Mary Jacoby is an award-winning former reporter for the Wall Street Journal, Salon magazine, the St. Petersburg Times of Florida, the Chicago Tribune and Roll Call.
From 2005 to 2007 she reported from Brussels for the Wall Street Journal, where she covered European Union antitrust and regulatory issues, breaking numerous stories about investigations involving Intel, Microsoft Corp., Mastercard and other major companies.
Her investigations have ranged from the influence of Russian oligarchs in Washington to terrorist financing and white-collar crime.
In 2000 she was the first journalist to expose Fannie Mae’s funding of projects to benefit members of Congress, who in turn protected the mortgage giant from regulation, presaging the government-sponsored enterprise’s downfall that contributed to the 2008 financial industry meltdown.
Her 2001 investigation of Palm Beach billionaire Jeffry Picower for misuse of tax exempt organizations to gain ownership of a pharmaceutical company stands as the first and most comprehensive look at the questionable business practices of a man later identified in court papers as having reaped $7 billion from the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme.
In 2007 she broke the story of Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska’s inability to gain a U.S. entry visa because of suspected organized crime ties, sparking an international scandal for the aluminum billionaire and close ally of Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
Ms. Jacoby is the winner of a Florida Society of Newspapers Editors first-place award for feature writing, for a two-part narrative about a U.S. Marshals investigation of a bank-robber with nine children who portrayed himself as an abortion clinic bomber to hide his criminal activities from his wife.
Ms. Jacoby can be reached at email@example.com.
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