Robert O'Connor

About Me

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I’m a freelance journalist, writer and editor. I’ve been a co-editor of 3:AM Magazine since 2010 and a regular contributor to Spike Magazine since 2011. I’m always up for new work, so feel free to get in touch if you’re interested.

I started as a journalist at Roosevelt University in Chicago, where I graduated in 2009. I worked on the school newspaper and had a show on the student radio station. I also freelanced for the Chi-Town Daily News and interned at Time Out Chicago.

My work has appeared in the New Indian Express (Chennai), Hot Press (Ireland), Shanghaiist, The Rising Nepal and a few other places.


  • History: Oral, East Asian, European, British, American, Social, Cultural
  • Sociology, Anthropology, Cultural Studies
  • Mythology
  • Music: Rock, Funk, R&B, Jazz, Classical. Anything good.



Book: “’Sweet Judy Blue Eyes’ by Judy Collins.” Spike, Dec. 22, 2011

Book: “’Life Itself’ by Roger Ebert.” Spike, Dec. 6, 2011

Book: “’Everything Is An Afterthought: The Life And Writings of Paul Nelson’ by Kevin Avery." Spike, Nov. 21, 2011

Film: “The Adventures of Tintin,” Spike, Nov. 7, 2011

Co-edited “Lumpen” Issue #120

Where Craft Beer is Brewing in Chicago" Blackline Review

Travelers Find Welcome in Englewood" Gapersblock

Studs Terkel series done for 3:AM, Feb.-May 2012

US Mayors list"

Chicago: The most American city brand,”, Aug. 17, 2011

The Marvelous Captain Fawcett,” Spike Magazine, Oct. 12, 2011

The Soma Record Story,” Spike, Jul. 11, 2011

Bringing It All Back Home: Dylan at 70,” Spike, May 24, 2011

History of crime in the Twin Cities for 3:AM

The Shame of Minneapolis

The Big Fellow and the Cardinal

St. Paul’s Gangster Era

Shall Make No Law

Closing the Shop

A look at the Chicago Daily News

A Writer’s Paper

Bringing the World to Chicago