Mary Reed, opened Reed Marketing in Jackson, Tennessee, in 1991, after working for newspapers for nearly 20 years.
Most of her newspaper work was at The Jackson Sun, a community newspaper, where she held several positions, including Senior Writer, City Editor, Lifestyles Editor, and a variety of reporting positions. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia, where she graduated with honors.
During her career at the newspaper and later as a marketing company owner, she has led several media workshops on writing, design and how to work effectively with the media.
Reed has won several state and national awards for her reporting and layout skills, including a Southern Journalism Award for Investigative Reporting in 1990, a finalist in the Penney-Missouri Awards, and a first place in the Tennessee Press Association contest.
In 2013, Reed was given a Sterling Award, sponsored by the Jackson Business and Professional Women, naming her one of the 20 Most Influential Women in West Tennessee.
Reed is a co-founder of the Wo/Men’s Research and Rape Assistance Program (WRAP), a Jackson, Tennessee, agency that helps victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. She is a member of the Jackson Area Chapter Board of the American Red Cross and the WRAP Board. She also has served on boards for the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce, United Way, YMCA, Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse, CARE and Jackson Area Agency on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency.