Mary Catherine O’Connor is an award-winning reporter whose beats include environmental issues, technology, and recreation. She has written for leading publications including Outside, The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, Al Jazeera America, Pacific Standard, and Wired. She has collected dispatches from climbers ascending Everest, interviewed some of the world’s most accomplished athletes, technologists and entrepreneurs.
Her story about the growing environmental threat posed by synthetic fibers shed from textiles was the second-most read story in The Guardian’s sustainable business section last year.
In 2014, O’Connor co-founded an ad-free, reader-supported experiment in journalism, called Climate Confidential.
O’Connor also covers enterprise and consumer technology. From 2015 until 2017 she edited the trade magazine Internet of Things Journal, a resource for businesspeople looking to understand how Internet of Things (IoT) technologies can help their company to be more efficient, flexible and responsive and to create smart products for both business-to-business and business-to-consumer markets. She has written more than 200 articles about IoT and its myriad applications.