9/29/17 – An Emmy-award winning journalist and best-selling author has been selected as the Beaver Dam School District’s 2017 Outstanding Alumni. Mary Pflum Peterson was a 1990 valedictorian and editor of the school newspaper who earned a four-year scholarship, graduating summa cum laude from Columbia University in 1994. Pflum Peterson spent several years with CNN, at bureau’s in Germany and Turkey. As a reporter, she covered war zones in Afghanistan, royal weddings, papal funerals in Rome, Hurricane Katrina, presidential elections, and the Oscars, interviewing politicians, world leaders, and movie stars. She was a producer on ABC’s Good Morning America before joining NBC’s Today Show last year. In 2015, she published the critically-acclaimed New York Times best-seller, “White Dresses: A Memoir of Love and Secrets, Mothers and Daughters,” which shares the message of the complicated lives of three generations in her family. In addition to multiple Emmy’s, Pflum Peterson has received a duPont Award, a Peabody, a Writers Guild of America award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards. Pflum Peterson will be recognized as an Outstanding Alumni at the annual Wall of Fame Banquet on Sunday, November 5.
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