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, and interviewed some of the world’s most accomplished athletes, technologists, and entrepreneurs.
Beginning in 2014 she cultivated a new beat: reporting on microfiber pollution, which includes synthetic fibers shed from textiles, tires, plastic packaging, and other sources.
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.
O’Connor is also editorial director at Activate, a nonprofit that empowers science entrepreneurs to bring their research to market to address climate change and other global crises.
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