Longtime Grand Forks Herald columnist Marilyn Hagerty is used to asking questions and interviewing other people, but, when the phone rang this week, she was surprised to know someone wanted to interview her.

“It’s kind of strange when it's about you, because I don't write about me; I write about other people,” Hagerty said.

Hagerty was featured in The New York Times, published online on Thursday, Dec. 10, in the newspaper's food section.

The story details what Hagerty has been doing during the pandemic and dives back into her viral Olive Garden column from 2012. She has been restricting her professional dining to takeout and delivery for now, the Times reported.

But the entire story and accompanying photos came as a surprise to Hagerty.

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The photos featured Hagerty getting takeout from Olive Garden, the site of her 2012 viral column, and unpacking the food. Following that column, Hagerty was featured in various media outlets.


The Times also interviewed Hagerty’s son, James R. Hagerty, who works at The Wall Street Journal, for the piece.

“To me it’s just crazy, and I'm kind of overwhelmed,” Hagerty said.