Julia "Julie" O'Donoghue joined The Connection Newspapers staff in 2007 and primarily covers issues related to politics and education in Fairfax County.
She graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., with a major in Religious Studies. While in college, she studied abroad and wrote a thesis paper on print media coverage of the local political process and elections in Northern Ireland.
From 2004 to 2007, Julie worked for The Current Newspapers in Washington, D.C., where she primarily reported on D.C. Public Schools. She has won journalism awards with the Virginia Press Association, Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association, Society of Professional Journalists-Washington, D.C., chapter and the National Newspaper Association.
Julie grew up in Chevy Chase, Md. She has two younger brothers and strong family ties to the Washington, D.C., area. Her mother is from McLean, Va. and her father is a native of Washington, D.C. Her paternal grandparents and great-grandparents were also native Washingtonians.
The reporter will be leaving her job to enroll in the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University this September. She also hopes to complete her second triathlon this fall and is an enthusiastic, though often frustrated, Washington Capitals fan.
Metrorail extension, HOT lanes projects will make traffic situation worse before they make it better.
Tysons Corner Under Construction
Candidates disagree over the degree to which votes should be studied.
37th Senate Recount Occurs Next Week
Parents object to boundary study and denounce staff process as flawed.
High School Hostility
Incumbent Wins by Less Than 1 Percent, Challenger Doesn’t Concede.