Mr. O’Connor is publisher of America’s first and oldest national conservative weekly newspaper, Human Events, founded in Washington, D.C., in 1944.
He is a former Eastern European publishing entrepreneur. In 1992 he helped launch the English-language weekly Budapest Business Journal, and in 1993 led a management buyout of the title. In 1994 he moved to Poland, where he was instrumental in the launch of the Warsaw Business Journal, and several other business and consumer titles. In 1995 his group launched the Prague Business Journal in the Czech Republic and in 2004 he launched the Magyar BBJ, an independent, weekly pro-business Hungarian language newspaper.
Mr. O’Connor has been a regular participant in business and free-market policy-related events and symposia across Europe. His passion for the opening of the former Soviet bloc led him to initiate a campaign to honor the man he and many of the natives of the region understand ultimately saved them from tyranny of communism—Ronald Wilson Reagan. Subsequently due to his efforts and certain committed Hungarian leaders the Budapest city council voted in a rare large majority to build a statue to America’s 40th President, unveiled Sept. 22, 2006.
He was recently named to the executive committee of the board of directors for the Institute for New Democracies. This USAID-backed organization works in places like Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan to stabilize and democratize transitional societies. Currently it is working to set up a Central Asian School of Journalism, a newspaper and an economic think-tank network.
Locally he is a "champion" for the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), where he is part of a team judging business-plan competitions in D.C. public high schools and at Georgetown University.