Maura R. O'Connor


Maura R. OConnor attended Bard College at Simons Rock in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, where she studied the liberal arts before graduating from Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. She was an Associate Editor for EnlightenNext Magazine for four years. In May 2008, she received a Master of Science degree from Columbia Universitys Graduate School of Journalism, where she focused on newspaper reporting and international affairs.
"Batticaloa loses a father figure"
The Sunday Times, March 22, 2009
Father Miller arrived by ship to Sri Lanka in 1948, the year of Independence. For six generations, he served as priest, protector, educator, and witness to generations of Batticaloans. Last week, he returned home to New Orleans, Louisiana.

"Privacy Goes Public in Sri Lanka"
The Washington Post, March 3, 2009
Female suicide bombers are a common occurrence in the war between the government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE. The result has been humiliation and fear for women as they are forced to go through military checkpoints on a daily basis. Contributed reporting as a special correspondent to The Washington Post.   

"And Then They Came for Me"
Columbia Journalism Review, January 22, 2009
Did the media coverage of Lasantha Wickrematunge's brutal murder miss an opportunity for a deeper conversation about journalistic standards, truth, politics, and objectivity?

"Suicide in Paradise: Why do Sri Lankans kill themselves in such large numbers?"
In the Fray Magazine, December 1, 2008
An investigation into why Sri Lankans have one of the highest suicide rates in the world, despite having gross national happiness (GNH) measures greater than India and Russia. Photos by author.

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