About Me

Award-winning writer and editor

Growing up, I loved to hear the stories my seven siblings would tell about what they had learned and accomplished. I also read pretty much anything I could get my hands on. My intellectual curiosity gained a refined mission through my journalism studies at Dominican University, a small liberal arts college with a motto of Caritas et Veritas, or Charity and Truth. Those two values have shaped who I am today: a storyteller committed to service and integrity.

I've won four awards so far in my career, and I'd love to win more for your publication or company!

  • Third Place News Reporting, Series, Ripper Crew parole; from both the Illinois Press Association (2017) and the Northern Illinois Press Association (2018)

  • Outstanding Student Leader for Journalism Discipline award; Dominican University (2012)

  • Third Place Best News Article, “Res Life Faces New Problem: Major Dorm Vacancies; Illinois College Press Association (2011)

I'm also tri-lingual. Reach out to me in English, Spanish or Italian at marystroka7@gmail.com or 708-703-7871.