A contributor to the Bay State Banner for close to 30 years, is a Boston-based writer and consultant. His articles and essays on race, social change, war, politics, economics, travel, and family have appeared in newspapers, magazines, and journals in the U.S. and abroad. He has also written hundreds of profiles for publication.
A graduate of Harvard College, O’Connor studied symbolist poetry at the University of Grenoble after spending three years teaching English and coaching soccer at St. Albans School in Washington, D.C. He joined the staff of the Banner as a reporter and served as managing editor until leaving to become Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II (D-Mass.). O’Connor split his time between working on Capitol Hill and political campaigns throughout the 1990s – all the while continuing to publish articles and essays. In 2000, he became Vice President of Public Affairs at Citizens Energy Corporation in Boston, a non-profit that uses revenues from successful energy ventures to provide assistance to the poor. O’Connor’s work at Citizens Energy has taken him from Alaska to Maine and countries throughout the Caribbean and Latin America to explore for-profit business opportunities and social programs financed by them. He has also worked as a speech-writer, a political consultant, French waiter, arborist, and dish-washer.
Banner scribes, photographers record the first draft of Boston’s black history
The year 2015 marks 50 years of publication for the Bay State Banner — a half century during which the newspaper’s reporters, photographers and contributors recorded the events and ideas that have made history in Boston and beyond. It’s been a long and remarkable journey for the Banner, since publisher Melvin Miller first opened the Banner’s doors, stepping into the shoes of William Monroe Trotter.
As Governor Deval Patrick takes his final walk down the State House steps, he can look back on a record of successfully shepherding the Massachusetts economy through the 2008 financial meltdown, increasing diversity in the courts and executive suites, and improving education and infrastructure.
Harvard Law Professor Ronald Sullivan Jr.is heading up a panel reviewing prosecutorial misconduct in Brooklyn.
The Tibetan human rights activist, Lhadon Tethong, speaking to an audience of Harvard students, denounces the incursion of Chinese mining companies, citing their corrosive influence on the economy, the environment and the rule of law. But most of all, on the people.
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela achieved mythical status through the astonishing feat of removing the chains of bondage from both the oppressed and the oppressor.
Dennis Benzan, an attorney, became the first Latino elected to the Cambridge City Council by finishing ahead of three incumbents. His surprising victory ensures minority control of two seats on the legislative body.
If the first World Series title of this century buried "The Curse of the Bambino" and the second threw dirt on the grave, then the third may finally put to rest the ghost of Jackie Robinson.
As Cambridge City Councilor Kenneth E. Reeves walks down treelined Howard Street in the heart of the historically black neighborhood known as "The Coast," he points out newly refurbished three-deckers and single-family homes where the occupants are strangers.
For the last eight years, coaches assigned by Flamengo, one of the Brazil’s storied "fútbol" clubs, have drilled hundreds of kids from the impoverished slum known as Mangueira to mimic the wizardry of Pelé, Neymar, Socrates and other heroes of the nation’s most popular sport.
U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper was chosen to preside over the case of James M. “Whitey” Bulger after Judge Richard Stearns was removed from the case because of his ties as a former U.S. Attorney in Boston to many of the players in the courtroom drama. Casper, the first African American female federal judge to sit in Boston, drew an electronic straw to referee the trial of the notorious South Boston gangster