Mary Sturgill

Mary Sturgill

Media Specialist/Instructor

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Mary Sturgill is a former news anchor and reporter who spent more than 13 years giving people the information of the day. She has lived all over the country telling people’s stories in Arizona, Idaho and Texas before moving back to the East Coast. Most recently, Mary helped tell the stories of the Mother Emanuel Church shooting in Charleston, the flood of the century in 2015, the removal of the confederate flag from the Statehouse and the Charlotte Riots in 2016.

She has hosted a talk show and told important stories that have affected change. Her investigation into human trafficking in Southeast Texas and her talk show focusing on the topic won her an EMMA and prompted the District Attorney to start a Human Trafficking Task Force to fight the problem. In addition to numerous regional awards for sports stories, feature stories, Investigations, and environmental stories, Mary has also won two national awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. The first, when she knocked on sex offender’s doors to find out why they were breaking the law by being on Myspace. The second, was on a little boy, so badly abused, that the doctors called him the broken baby. “Asher’s Story” is how he, not only survived, but prospered and was the first child in the area allowed to be adopted by his grandfather.

Mary is a producer for the Emmy Award winning PBS show, "Expeditions with Patrick McMillan."

Mary has written two books and is working on her third; a memoir detailing her experiences as a journalist. She also serves on the board for the South Carolina Writers Association.


National Awards
Society of Professional Journalists:
Best Hard Feature Story - "Sex Offenders on Myspace" -2006
Best Hard Feature Story - "Asher's Story" - 2013

Regional Awards
EMMA - Best Informational Talk Show - "SETX Weekly - Stolen Lives an In-depth Look at Human Trafficking in SETX" - 2014
EMMA - Best live coverage - "The Charlotte Riots" - 2016

Media Women of South Carolina- Best Prepared report for Television- "Invisible Girls - A Journey Through Autism" and 2nd place for "A Place at the Table" 2018

Press Club of SETX -
Best Investigation - "Stolen Lives an in-depth Look at Human Trafficking in SETX" - 2015
Best Talk Show- "SETX Weekly - Stolen Lives an In-depth Look at Human Trafficking in SETX" - 2015
Best Sports Story - "Terminal Runner" - 2014
Best Environmental Story- "Cleaning the Sabine" - 2014
Best Spot News - "Vidor Fire Live Shot" - 2014

Idaho Press Club
Best Newscast
Best Hard Feature - "The Meth Epidemic in Idaho"


  • BA, English - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MA - Journalism and Mass Communications - Walter Cronkite School - Arizona State University

Research Interests

Outside of her work at Furman, Mary is currently working on a documentary.


Mary is also a content creator for a website called The Carolina Crescent. The website celebrates life in the western regions of North and South Carolina. Her articles, stories and shows appear there every week.

Mary gives inspirational speeches and has published a workbook to go along with those speeches called. "The Scar - How to Rip the Bandaid Off Even When it Hurts."