Mary Mapes has worked as a journalist since leaving college in 1979. Mapes spent almost 16 years at CBS, where she worked on both the CBS Evening News and later 60 Minutes and 60 Minutes II, mainly with Dan Rather. She’s covered many military conflicts from the first Gulf War to Afghanistan and Iraq. She’s been on the ground for hurricanes and riots and produced stories on everything from Presidential races to rodeos. She even spent a brief stint in a tiny Texas jail for refusing to turn over her sources. Notable stories include finding and conducting the first interview with Strom Thurmond’s secret biracial daughter. Mapes earned a Peabody – broadcast journalism’s highest investigative award – for breaking the story of abuse by American soldiers at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison.
Mapes’ memoir Truth and Duty: The Press, the President and the Privilege of Power was adapted into the feature film, Truth (2015). She was the ghost writer on another book and has written a number of magazine articles. Mary Mapes’ additional honors include 3 Emmys, 2 Gracies, and a SPJ – Society of Professional Journalists Awards, among others.