Keith O'Brien is a former reporter for the Boston Globe and now a New Orleans-based writer. His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Boston Globe Magazine, Boston Magazine, Runner's World, and the Dallas Morning News. And he has also contributed to several National Public Radio shows, including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace, Here & Now, Weekend America, and Only a Game.
O'Brien often tells his wife that he is not a word guy, but evidence suggests otherwise. In 2009, he won the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism for a Boston Globe story that he and a colleague wrote about the deaths of two girls in a fast-moving fire. O'Brien has written about the big. His coverage of Hurricane Katrina kept him in New Orleans off and on for a year. And he also loves to write about the small, like his award-winning story about a homeless man whose death went almost unnoticed.
O'Brien graduated from Northwestern University in 1995 with a degree in history.