Mary Higgins Clark’s books are world-wide bestsellers. In the U.S. alone, her books have sold over 100 million copies.
Her latest suspense novel, The Lost Years, was published by Simon & Schuster in April 2012. She is the author of thirty previous best selling suspense novels, three collections of short stories, an historical novel, a memoir and two children’s books. She is co-author, with her daughter Carol Higgins Clark, of five suspense novels. Two of her novels were made into feature films and many of her other works into television films.
Active in Catholic affairs, Mary Higgins Clark was made a Dame of the Order of St. Gregory the Great, a papal honor. She is also a Dame of Malta and a Lady of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem. She received the Catholic Big Sisters Distinguished Service Award in 1998 and the Graymoor Award from the Franciscan Friars in 1999. Honors she has received include the Gold Medal of Honor from the American-Irish Historical Society (1993), the Spirit of Achievement Award from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University (1994), the National Arts Club’s first Gold Medal in Education (1994), the Horatio Alger Award (1997), the Outstanding Mother of the Year Award (1998), the Bronx Legend Award (1999), the 2001 Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Passionists’ Ethics in Literature Award (2002), the first Reader’s Digest Author of the Year Award 2002, the Christopher Life Achievement Award in 2003, the Ellis Island Family Heritage Award (2008) and the International Mystery Writers’ “First Lady of Mystery” Award (2008). She is an active advocate and participant in literacy programs.
Mary Higgins Clark is married to John Conheeney, the retired Chairman and CEO of Merrill-Lynch Futures. They live in Saddle River, New Jersey. Between them they have 17 grandchildren – Mary’s six and John’s 11.
Ryan Asselta (Master of Ceremony)
Ryan Asselta is a Sports Anchor/Reporter for WNYW-FOX5-TV in New York. Since joining FOX5 in May of 2011, Ryan has been anchoring sports on numerous programs including FOX5 News at 10, Good Day New York, The 10 o’clock News on MY9 as well as reporting for “Sports Xtra” on Sunday evenings.
Before joining FOX5, Ryan spent 7 years at WFXT FOX25 in Boston, where he was the station’s Sports Anchor and Reporter. While in Boston, Ryan was fortunate enough to cover five Championship teams from 2004-2011, including the 2004 and 2007 Boston Red Sox, the 2004 New England Patriots, the 2008 Boston Celtics and the 2011 Boston Bruins. He has also reported from the MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL playoffs as well as the PGA Tour, NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament, and Beanpot College Hockey Tournament.
Ryan began his on-air broadcasting career at WFTX-FOX4 in Fort Myers, Florida. From 2001-2004, Ryan was as Sports Anchor and Reporter covering the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers as well as the Boston Red Sox, Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers Spring Training. While in Fort Myers, he covered Super Bowl XXVI in New Orleans and Super Bowl XXVII in San Diego as well as the 2002 Orange Bowl, PGA Tour and Champions Tour.
Ryan is a two time Emmy nominee for Sports Reporting and a 1998 graduate of Stonehill College, in North Easton, Massachusetts. He is also a 1994 graduate of Saint Joseph Regional High School, in Montvale NJ.