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Mary Childs '08 to Receive a Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award

— by on April 13th, 2015

Mary Childs, a 2008 journalism graduate of Washington and Lee University, will be honored with a Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award (TDIA) on April 24 as part of the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.

The TDIA celebrates those whose ideas have broken the mold to create significant impact. TDIA showcases applications of disruptive innovation, which has spread far beyond the original technological and industrial realms into the fields of health care, education, international development, politics and advocacy, media, the arts and entertainment. Other 2015 honorees include Airbnb, Shane Smith, Jake Burton, Rent The Runway, and Girls Who Code.

Childs joined Bloomberg News in 2009 and reports on the world’s biggest asset managers in print, on television and on radio. She previously covered corporate bonds and derivatives, and in April 2012, she and a team were the first to break the story of the JPMorgan London Whale, a trader who lost the bank more than $6 billion on bad derivative positions. For that work, she and her team were finalists for a Gerald Loeb Award in 2013.

Before joining Bloomberg, Childs spent a year traveling the world painting portraits on a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, a grant for independent study outside the U.S. While at W&L, she spent a year at St. Stephen’s College in Delhi and wrote an honors thesis on the use and significance of sting operations in media in India and the U.S.

Childs, a native of Richmond, Virginia, volunteers for the News Literacy Project, and continues to paint and draw.