Kitty McConnell joined the Columbus CEO staff as a reporter in 2012. Previously, she covered Ohio’s tech startups for the state-funded online magazine HiVelocity. She got her start as an alt-weekly reporter at The Other Paper, covering cultural and social issues in Columbus. Her media criticism, minority issues reporting and arts writing have been recognized with statewide awards from the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists and the Press Club of Cleveland.
A Columbus native from a long line of Ohio State University grads, Kitty studied English at Ohio State. She considers herself lucky to have worked with some of Columbus’s best writers, editors and publishers. She enjoys the opportunity to interview the city’s business leaders. She lives with her fiancé and 11 year-old son in Worthington.
Favorite movie: I get really wrapped up in David Simon series like The Wire and Generation Kill and am thrilled to have discovered his blog. Tony Kushner’s Angels in America is another favorite.
Favorite band/musician: Tie: Ella Fitzgerald and the Flaming Lips.
Favorite book: I’m a Kindle junkie, always reading at least three things at once. Currently it’s Hitch 22, Team of Rivals and Knockemstiff, an amazing short story collection by Chillicothe writer Donald Ray Pollack.
Best advice you’ve gotten: My first editor, Danny Russell, really shaped my style. He told me once that “clarity trumps everything.” It’s advice that never fails in writing or in everyday life.
Things that are always in your work bag: iPhone, water bottle, Moleskine w/a Bic pen
What do you most enjoy about your work? The chance to collaborate with and learn from colleagues and sources. The range of people I meet and the topics I get to research is incredibly invigorating.
Who or what inspires you? Terry Gross and Charlie Rose; big cities and great lakes; the long line of interesting characters among my family and friends