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New York Times Best-Selling Author & Emmy-Award Winning TV Journalist Mary Pfum

New York Times Best-Selling Author & Emmy-Award Winning TV Journalist Mary Pfum

Mary Pflum Peterson is a multi-Emmy-Award-winning television journalist … a New York Times bestselling author … and an acclaimed public speaker.

Mary began her career in journalism at the CNN-New York Bureau at age 20, while still an undergraduate at Columbia University. By age 21, she was conducting her first big interviews with political leaders the likes of Rudy Giuliani and Newt Gingrich. By age 23, she was reporting on-camera around the nation for CNN and filling in as an anchor on CNN Newsroom.

Mary went on report internationally, covering everything from Vienna balls to Maltese temples – but calls the time she spent living and working for CNN in Turkey from 1999 to 2002 as the most formative period of her journalism career.


A Memoir of Love and Secrets, Mothers and Daughters
New York Times Bestseller

In this riveting, poignant memoir of three generations of women and the white dresses that adorned them—television producer Mary Pflum Peterson recounts a journey through loss and redemption, and her battle to rescue her mother, a former nun, from compulsive hoarding.

As a successful television journalist at Good Morning America, Mary Pflum is known as a polished and highly organized producer. It’s a persona at odds with her tortured childhood, where she watched her emotionally vulnerable mother fill their house with teetering piles of assorted “treasures.” But one thing has always united mother and daughter—their love of white dresses. From the dress worn by Mary’s mother when she became a nun and married Jesus, to the wedding gown she donned years later, to the special nightshirts she gifted Mary after the birth of her children, to graduation dresses and christening gowns, these white dresses embodied hope and new beginnings.

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