Skip to main content

Mary Ann Lindley Papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 2012-0615


  • created: 1983-1998


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Biographical or Historical Information

Mary Ann Lindley is one of two At-Large Commissioners for Leon County. She was elected to the Board of County Commissioners in 2012 after resigning from a long career in journalism to run for public office.

She became a journalist at age 16, starting with summer jobs at a weekly newspaper in a small prairie town In Missouri, near where Jesse James was shot and the Pony Express started its journey west.

Commissioner Lindley earned her degree in journalism at the University of Missouri and has lived in Florida her entire adult life, primarily in Tallahassee where she was a columnist, reporter and eventually editorial page editor of the Tallahassee Democrat. She also worked as a political writer and capital bureau chief for the New York Times Florida Newspaper Group and as legislative editor at the Miami Herald in the 1970s.

Among her community activities, she currently serves on the board of directors of the Capital Tiger Bay Club and The Village Square. She is a lay member of the 2nd Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee and was appointed to the U.S. Federal Court Magistrate Selection Committee. She has been a volunteer in the public schools and with numerous nonprofits and charities. In 2011, she was one of 12 women leaders around the world who was invited by the government of Taiwan to participate in a women's issues program and tour of that nation.

Lindley, who is married to Charlie Nuzzo, has been honored as the Florida Public Relations Association's Communicator of the Year, the recipient of the Knight-Ridder Jim Batten Excellence Award for editorial excellence, a national award, and won numerous writing awards over her years as a journalist, which included serving two years as president of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.

Note written by Taken from Leon County Government site,


1.00 boxes

Language of Materials


Mary Ann Lindley Papers
L. Ogles
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

116 Honors Way
PO Box 3062047
Tallahassee FL 32306-2047 US