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Mary Lou Reker

Mary Lou Reker, former Special Assistant to the Director, arrived at the Library in 1998 as part of the American Memory program, writing essays on American history for the “Today in History” website. She was part of the pioneering Digital Reference Section and a member of the Leadership Development Program before joining The John W. Kluge Center as Special Assistant to the Director of the Office of Scholarly Programs in 2004. She oversaw various fellowship programs and approximately 120 individual fellows and research interns annually at the Center. Prior to joining the Library, Mary Lou worked as the Development Director for Spark Media and as a researcher for the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (INTELSAT). She is a native of Evergreen Park, Illinois – a suburb of Chicago – and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theology from Marquette University and a Master’s degree in Political Science and Latin American Area Studies from Monterey Institute of International Studies. She completed additional coursework in Spanish Language and Linguistics at Georgetown University. Mary Lou left the Kluge Center in 2018.

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