Mary Lawrence Deibel, MA ’72, a reporter with the Washington D.C., bureau of Scripps Howard News Service for nearly 25 years specializing in coverage of the Supreme Court and economics, died May 3 from cancer. Deibel began a distinguished career in journalism at The Wilmington (Del.) News-Journal in 1971 and in 1976 joined the writing staff of The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tenn., a Scripps Howard newspaper. There she covered urban affairs and wrote editorials. Deibel was transferred to Scripps Howard’s Washington bureau in 1981 to cover the nation’s capital for The Commercial Appeal. She joined the national staff in 1987 and began reporting on the Supreme Court in 1992.
Updated: May 6, 2013