E-mail: MaryAnn.Barton@Patch.com Phone: (571) 439-5365
Hometown: Minnetonka, Minn. Mary Ann has also lived in Lima, Peru and Houston.
Mary Ann comes to Patch after working as a managing editor for Gannett Digital, where she helped launch MomsLikeMe.com, a national network of local sites geared to moms. She has served as an editor at several national and regional magazines, including Log Home Design and Solutions at Home.
Her journalism stints include working as a feature writer for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, editorial coordinator for C-SPAN and as a senior editor for the National Association of Counties.
Mary Ann co-edited "Campaign: A Cartoon History of Bill Clinton's Race for the White House," published by her alma mater, the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark.
Mary Ann is married to Paul C. Barton and they have one daughter, Kate.
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I lean liberal, although I like to think I take each issue as it comes. I have supported Hillary Clinton. I am not registered with any party. I have volunteered with the League of Women Voters to help register voters.
I was raised a Catholic, am observant of the religion and interested in other faiths.