Meloney, Marie (1878–1943)

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Meloney, Marie (1878–1943)

American journalist and editor. Name variations: Mrs. William Brown Meloney; Marie Mattingly; Missie. Born Marie Mattingly in Bardstown, Kentucky, on December 8, 1878; died in Pawling, New York, on June 23, 1943; daughter of Cyprian Peter Mattingly (a physician) andSarah Irwin Mattingly (1852–1934); educated privately by her mother who was editor of the Kentucky Magazine and taught at Washington College for Girls; married William Brown Meloney (an editor on the New York Sun), in June 1904.

A leading American journalist, Marie Meloney was editor of the Sunday magazine of the New York Herald Tribune and later of This Week magazine. When her early ambition, a career as a pianist, ended abruptly because of a disabling accident, Meloney joined the staff of the Washington Post as a reporter (1895), and then the Washington Bureau of the Denver Post (1897–99). Moving to New York, she worked briefly for the World (1900) before signing on with the Sun (1901–04). Following her marriage, she retired for ten years. She was named editor of the Woman's Magazine (1914–20), associate editor of Everybody's (1917–20), and editor of the Delineator (1921–26). In 1926, she became editor of the New York Herald Tribune's Sunday magazine, and in 1935 was named editor of This Week.