Kim A. O'Connell, principal of Green Quill Communications, is an award-winning journalist who has published widely in newspapers and magazines. Kim writes frequently about the natural and built environments, including historic preservation, conservation, architecture, and sustainable design.She also writes about parenting and social anxiety.
Kim's work has been published in Babble, Preservation, Modernism, National Parks, National Geographic News, American Hiker, Traditional Building, America's Civil War, Old House Journal, the New York Times Syndicate, and the Washington Post, among others.
Kim has a master of arts in historic preservation from Goucher College and a bachelor of arts in English literature from the University of Maryland.
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Kim's essay on Newtown killer Adam Lanza and the possibility that he might have suffered from selective mutism, appears on PsychologyToday.com. The piece is co-authored with social worker and special educator Marian Moldan.
"In the agonizing aftermath of the Newtown massacre, we are still talking about gun control, psychosis, school security, Asperger's syndrome, and conspiracy theories," the post begins. "Yet almost nothing has been said about [Lanza's] tendency...toward mutism in public situations. Sadly, we are not surprised."
Kim's recent work for Arlington magazine includes a deeply researched, 3,000-word feature on kindergarten "redshirting," a cover story on great neighborhoods, and an updated and expanded version of a personal essay about selective mutism that Kim had previously published on Babble.com and Yahoo! News.
Civil War Times has published Kim's photo essay about wartime graffiti. Other recent history articles include Kim's piece in America's Civil War about Civil War veterans' homes and a HistoryNet.com piece on the Titanic centennial.
Kim won third prize in the 2012 Bethesda Literary Festival competition with her essay "The Captain of the Zipper Club."
Kim recently published two articles on The Atlantic Cities web site, a sister publication of the Atlantic Monthly magazine: "Designing a City for the Deaf" and "The Trouble with Church Preservation."