MFA in Creative Writing

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Tom LeGro, 2001

Tom LeGro

Washington Post video reporter Tom LeGro, BA English ’98, MFA Creative Writing ’01, was part of the team that revealed then-U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore’s alleged past sexual harassment of teenage girls and the subsequent efforts to undermine the reporting that exposed it. His team’s combined text and video entry won the Washington Post the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting.

Although he originally considered a career in education, LeGro clicked with Mason’s Creative Writing Program and worked as a photo editor for the Broadside, Mason’s student newspaper (now known as IV Estate). In his last year as a graduate student, he took a part-time job with the Post’s sports desk, and jobs as a news aide, layout editor, and sports copy editor followed.

He later worked with PBS NewsHour, and when the show received a grant from the Poetry Foundation to cover poetry, LeGro was able to draw upon both his MFA studies and his journalistic skills for inspiration. In 2013, the Washington Post launched a video initiative and he returned to the paper.

Published in the CHSS annual report 2018-19.