Mark Di Ionno
Mark DiIonno (NCAS ’85) is a news columnist at the Star-Ledger, New Jersey’s largest newspaper. He has won the New Jersey Press Association’s award for best column four times, and helped edit the paper’s Pulitzer Prize–winning coverage of the resignation of Gov. James McGreevey. He is also the author of three books about New Jersey culture and history, and a novelist whose latest title, The Last Newspaperman, captures the rise of tabloid journalism in the 1930s.
DiIonno was named a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Commentary for his columns on Hurricane Sandy, the death of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi, and other New Jersey issues. The honor put him in rarefied company in what is one of the more competitive Pulitzer categories, and brought his work national attention.
When he’s not tapping away at a keyboard, he’s teaching others the craft as an adjunct professor in Rutgers-Newark’s Journalism Program.