Katie O’Reilly is a writer, editor, and freelance journalist based in Berkeley, California. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Buzzfeed Ideas, Bitch, Vela Magazine, NPR, the Los Angeles Review of Books, The James Franco Review, Narratively, Bustle, Against the Current, The Onion/A.V. Club, Texas Monthly, DAYSPA, Nailpro, Medesthetics, Surgical Aesthetics, and other publications. Her work has been picked up by Longreads and Longform, and featured on Good Morning America. Autostraddle included her writing in a roundup of the best longform work produced by women in 2015, and The Atlantic named her one of 2015’s most exceptional journalists.
She presently serves as the adventure + lifestyle editor of the Sierra Club’s Sierra magazine, covering food/agriculture, outdoor recreation, travel, environmental justice, culture, urban and built environments, and more. She previously served as the managing editor of Ecotone Magazine, a nationally renowned place- and nature-based literary journal that regularly receives accolades from the Best American, O. Henry, PEN, and Pushcart Prize series. She also reviews new nonfiction and interviews on a monthly basis for Michigan Quarterly Review online.
A Chicago native, O’Reilly earned her B.S. in journalism at Northwestern University’s Medill School in 2007. Before completing her Master of Fine Arts in creative writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2016, she worked as an ESL teacher in the Czech Republic, a tour guide on a Chicago-based ghost bus, a cocktail waitress, an in-home assistant for media pundit Arianna Huffington, an Onion/A.V. Club intern, an associate-turned-senior-turned-managing editor for DAYSPA magazine in Los Angeles, and as a public radio reporter in Wilmington, North Carolina. She is a dedicated distance runner, a yogi, a canine rescue volunteer, and the proud human to Marcel, a German shepherd/pitbull, and Maeve, a vizsla/pitbull.
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