Donie O'Sullivan (journalist)

Donie O'Sullivan (born 1990 or 1991)[1] is an Irish journalist working for CNN in New York.

Donie O'Sullivan
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O'Sullivan in 2015
Born1990/1991 (age 31–32)
Writing career

Early lifeEdit

Originally from Cahersiveen in County Kerry,[2] O'Sullivan attended Coláiste na Sceilge, graduating in 2009.[3] He graduated from University College Dublin in 2012 with a degree in history and politics,[3][4] and has a masters in political science from Queen's University Belfast.[5] He worked for Storyful in Dublin and New York,[6][7] before joining CNN in 2016.[5]

CNN (2016–present)Edit

He has covered the impact of social media on politics and reported on the 2021 United States Capitol attack.[5] In 2021, O'Sullivan's work on a story about a COVID-19 "patient-zero conspiracy theory" (broadcast by CNN in 2020) was nominated for a News & Documentary Emmy Award.[8][9] Donie O'Sullivan: Capitol Man, a documentary covering O'Sullivan's own life and move from "a small town in Kerry to become an international household name", was commissioned by RTÉ Television,[10] and broadcast in Ireland in January 2022.[11]

In December 2022, O'Sullivan's Twitter account was among several journalist's accounts that got suspended after covering Twitter's owner Elon Musk during the December 15, 2022 Twitter suspensions. Musk accused O’Sullivan of violating Twitter’s policy on doxing.[12]


  1. ^ "Donie O'Sullivan: I learned how to talk to people working with my dad in Cahersiveen's fish shop". Irish Times. 28 June 2021. Retrieved 18 September 2021. The 30-year-old journalist, who was born in Co Kerry and is now based in New York [..]
  2. ^ "Donie O'Sullivan: 'People think it's mad a lad from Cahersiveen is on CNN. They wouldn't say that if I'd gone to Blackrock College'". Independent News & Media. 11 September 2021. Retrieved 18 September 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Donie O'Sullivan on the Leaving Cert: 'The Irish oral fell on my birthday. I hoped the examiner would go easy on me. She didn't'". The Irish Times. Retrieved 11 June 2022.
  4. ^ "UCD History Graduate Donie O'Sullivan reports for CNN from Capitol Hill". Retrieved 18 September 2021.
  5. ^ a b c "Donie O'Sullivan". CNN. Retrieved 18 September 2021.
  6. ^ "CNN sends Donie O'Sullivan into the Capitol storm, armed only with a Kerry accent". The Times. 10 January 2021. Retrieved 18 September 2021.
  7. ^ "Praise for Kerryman's reporting on Washington violence". RTÉ. 7 January 2021. Retrieved 18 September 2021.
  8. ^ "CNN reporter Donie O'Sullivan's documentary is nominated for an Emmy award". Irish Examiner. 28 July 2021. Retrieved 18 September 2021.
  9. ^ "Capitol Man: New documentary about Kerry reporter Donie O'Sullivan's rise to fame". Irish Examiner. 22 August 2021. Retrieved 18 September 2021.
  10. ^ "True to life: RTÉ announces its huge Factual content offering for season ahead". RTÉ. 24 August 2021. Retrieved 18 September 2021.
  11. ^ "Donie O'Sullivan: Five things we learned during the Capitol Man documentary". Irish Examiner. 4 January 2022. Retrieved 5 January 2022.
  12. ^ Matthews, David (15 December 2022). "Twitter abruptly suspends journalists covering Elon Musk, company". New York Daily News. Retrieved 16 December 2022 – via Yahoo! News.

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