Kate O'Donnell

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Strategic storyteller Kate O'Donnell, in brief.

Kate O'Donnell

Home: Washington, DC area.  Birthplace: Denver, CO.  Organization: U.S. News & World Report.  Title: Vice President, Corporate Communications.  Alma mater: American University.

Recent recognition: Media Brand of the Year finalist for U.S. News.  Hobbies: Reading, baseball/softball (watching, not playing).  Last book read: Hearts Touched with Fire, by David Gergen.  Recently viewed and recommended: The final season of This Is Us.  Bring tissues!

Moral compass: Am I proud to share this with my daughters?  How do you define a perfect friendship? Ride or die.  What is your greatest joy? My daughters’ smiles.  What is your guilty pleasure? Peanut butter and chocolate.  What is your favorite place (or way) to spend money? Airline tickets.  Target is a close second.  What is at the top of your bucket list? Greece.  What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? White sand.

What was your favorite college course? Writing for Television and Film.  What was your favorite childhood toy or game? Connect Four.  What movie have you repeatedly watched? The Shawshank Redemption.  What’s the best advice you received growing up? Own your shit.  What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? Alexa.  She keeps me organized and turns off my lights.

What change are you working on to effect in your profession or field?

Truth in journalism.

What change would you like to see in the world? Respect and inclusion for everyone.  What message do you want to send out into the world? Start with kindness, not hate.  What mega-trend most concerns you? Fake news.

What actor would you choose to play you in the movie about your life? Maura Tierney.  As a kid, what (or who) did you first want to be when you grew up? Peter Jennings.  After your loved ones, what object would you first save from your burning home? My wedding album.  How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? With my husband and daughters, on a beach with a drink that has an umbrella.  What advice would you give your younger self? Make sure you study abroad in college!

Personal mission: Teaching my girls that they can be anything they want to be.  Favorite quote: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” (Wayne Gretzky).  Desired epitaph: “I am a woman phenomenally.  Phenomenal woman, that’s me” (Maya Angelou).

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