assistant managing editor/projects and investigations, Dallas Morning News
Maples was born in Springfield, Missouri and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She first worked as a reporter at the Springfield (Missouri) Daily News in 1979, covering county, state and federal government. She moved to the Albuquerque (New Mexico) Tribune a few years later, where she was a reporter covering city hall and politics, and an assistant city editor. She then worked in similar positions at the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, Colorado. She joined the Dallas Morning News in 1990 as deputy national editor and was promoted to national editor in 1995. In her most recent position as assistant managing editor for projects and investigations, she has overseen such award-winning projects as “Runaway Priests: Hiding in Plain Sight,” a series about priests accused of sexually abusing children who are reassigned to work in other unsuspecting communities. The series won a 2004 Livingston Award for National Reporting. She was a member of the reporting team on “Violence Against Women: A Question of Human Rights,” a project that won a number of awards including a 2004 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting.
Information on this page is from the fellowship year.