Mary Staes

Mary Staes is Digital Content Lead for Very Local. She works with our freelancers and crafts content for our social media platforms and website. Before Very Local, she worked with CBS affiliate WWL-TV as a web producer and weekend assignment editor for about 4 years. She has also handled broadcast coverage for 160 Marine Reserve training facilities while she served as an active duty Marine. As a native New Orleanian, she takes being "very local" to heart. She loves being intertwined with the culture and figuring out how there are less than two degrees of separation between us all, whether we're natives or not.

Hometown Tragedy Pike County Massacre

Hometown Tragedy: The Pike County Massacre

By Mary Staes / June 29, 2022

On this episode of Hometown Tragedy: Missing in Milwaukee, we’ll explore what happened to Jerica Banks, her children, and how it impacted their community.

A guide to Pittsburgh’s summer events must-do list

By Mary Staes / June 28, 2022

Check out our roundup below for the can’t-miss events happening in the city over the next few months.

Eat Play Stay Orlando: Ybor City

By Mary Staes / June 21, 2022

In historic Ybor City, different cultures bring out the best in one another. Enjoy an authentic Cuban sandwich or dine at a restaurant now on its fifth generation of ownership. After chicken yoga (yes, that’s a thing!), treat yourself to a hand-rolled cigar.

Farm to table restaurants Greenville

What’s on the Menu: Farm to Table in Greenville

By Mary Staes / June 16, 2022

Farm to table is easy when you own the farm! Sun Belly Cafe, Oak Hill Farm & Cafe, Farm Fresh Fast, and The Anchorage Restaurant invite us into their kitchens and show us how farming and sustainability influence their menus.

The Mystery of Maura Murray

Hometown Tragedy: The Mystery of Maura Murray

By Mary Staes / June 15, 2022

Known as one of the first cases of the digital age, the mysterious disappearance of Maura Murray continues to confound investigators and internet sleuths.

Cheap Date Guide: Dinner and Dirty Dancing

By Mary Staes / June 14, 2022

Two Orlando couples shop vintage, search for the perfect slice, visit a post-apocalyptic saloon, and take the stage on blind dates in Orlando.

Boston Rob Does Beantown: Chinatown Treats

By Mary Staes / June 14, 2022

Rob feasts on fabulous cuisine, makes more than a few new friends and joins a trampoline gym class in one of Boston’s oldest neighborhoods.

Hometown Tragedy: The Oklahoma Girl Scout Murders

By Mary Staes / June 7, 2022

As Girl Scouts at Camp Scott settle into their tents one evening, eerie footsteps and distant cries haunt the campers throughout the night. The unsettling sounds turn out to be the echos one of the largest murder investigations in Oklahoma’s history.

What’s On The Menu?: Pittsburgh Staples

By Mary Staes / May 2, 2022

Pierogies Plus, Salem’s Market & Grill, Big Jim’s, and Max’s Tavern and staples in the Pittsburgh community. Find out what it takes to create a business that lasts in the Steel City.

Boston Rob gets fancy in Back Bay

By Mary Staes / May 2, 2022

Rob discovers antiques, grills some top-notch steak, tours an animal shelter and serves drinks in one of Boston’s poshest neighborhoods.