Mary is a Detroit-area journalist. A former staffer for United Press International and Bloomberg BNA, Chapman has been a prolific contributor to The New York Times. Her work includes outlets such as Time, Fortune, People, Newsweek, Daily Beast, Al Jazeera-America, Agence France-Presse, The Chicago Tribune, MSN.com, and The Detroit Free Press. A published poet, she has won a Society of Professional Journalist award for outstanding reporting. She has discussed the automobile industry several times on NPR programs.