Mary Lynn began her broadcasting career in 1970 at radio station KRTN in her hometown of Raton.She
eventually made her
way to an all-news radio station in Albuquerque, but in 1977, was offered a position with Action 7 News as a photographer/reporter.Looking for something new and exciting, she
made the switch to TV
and has loved it ever since.
A few years after joining Action 7 News, she
was promoted to become part of New Mexico's first weeknight co-anchor team, informing New Mexicans with Johnny Morris side-by-side.At the same time, she
assumed the duties of Executive Producer.In 1986, Mary Lynn was promoted to News Director, and became the leader of the Action 7 News team, the first female TV News Director in the state.
reign on-air and off-air, Action 7 News was a true powerhouse, often the No. 1 ABC affiliate in the nation.
After six years as News
Director, KOAT 7's parent company at the time (Pulitzer Broadcasting) promoted her
to the prestigious position of Vice-President of News.Mary Lynn
helped oversee the newsroom operations at nine stations across the country.Again, she was the first woman to hold a corporate position for the well-known and highly respected company.While she enjoyed her new position and new surroundings in St. Louis, she couldn't pass up the opportunity to return to her home state of New Mexico in September 1993, at which time she became General Manager of KOAT 7.
proud to be the first woman to hold this position in New Mexico.
In 1999, Hearst-Argyle Television acquired KOAT 7
, and retained her
as President and General Manager.Hearst-Argyle Television owns 25 stations across the country and -- like Pulitzer Broadcasting once was -- it is recognized as a news leader.The company has been honored with numerous awards, including the Walker Cronkite Award; the Peabody; the Columbia-du Pont Journalism Award; the Sigma Delta Chi Award; the Gabriel; the Ad Council Silver Bell; the National Headliner Award; the Edward R. Murrow Award; and the Emmy.Mary Lynn is born here and best here.Her
family's been in New Mexico for hundreds of years, counting back at least eight generations.She
truly believes no other place in the world offers the same unique natural beauty, wonderfully proud variety of cultures, and kind-hearted people.As the leader of KOAT 7
serious about the station's commitment to the community.