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Kevin O'Connor (born 1968)[1] is an American television personality. He has been the host of the PBS home renovation series This Old House since replacing Steve Thomas in 2003.

Kevin O'Connor
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O'Connor at the 2011 Texas Book Festival
Born1968/1969 (age 50–51)[1]
ResidenceHamilton, Massachusetts
Alma materCollege of the Holy Cross (A.B., History, 1990)
Boston University (Master's degree in Business Administration, 1999) [2]
Occupationtelevision personality
Known forhosting This Old House, Ask This Old House


Early life and educationEdit

O'Connor and his four brothers and two sisters grew up on various job sites led by his father, a civil engineer.[2] He grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey.[3]

After graduating in 1986 from Saint Benedict's Preparatory School in Newark, New Jersey,[4] O'Connor received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the College of the Holy Cross in 1990. He earned a Master's degree in Business Administration from Boston University in 1999.[2]


O'Connor worked for Fleet Bank as a Vice President in the Sports Finance Group, then worked for Bank of America as a Senior Vice President in the Commercial Real Estate Group.[2]

The Producers of This Old House approached him to become their new host following the departure of Steve Thomas. O'Connor and his wife, Kathleen, had appeared on an episode of Ask This Old House, in which painting contractor Jim Clark assisted them with a wallpaper-removal project.[1]

O'Connor, also the host of Ask This Old House and Inside This Old House, holds a position on the editorial board of the This Old House magazine, published by This Old House Ventures, Inc.

In September 2011, O'Connor debuted as the author of his first book, "The Best Homes from This Old House".[5]

Personal lifeEdit

O'Connor lives with his wife and their three children[2] in an 1894 Queen Anne Victorian home in Hamilton, Massachusetts.


  1. ^ a b c "This Old House Makes House Call And Finds New Host". Press Release. Time Warner. April 7, 2003.
  2. ^ a b c d e Kevin O'Connor, Host. This Old House Biographies.
  3. ^ McCutcheon, Lauren. "Kevin O'Connor reveals how to get your home on This Old House, The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 16, 2018. Accessed March 26, 2018. "When This Old House host Kevin O’Connor takes the main stage at the Philadelphia Home Show this weekend, he’ll represent the O.G. of home-renovation shows. The Maplewood, N.J., native has hosted the contractor- and tradesperson-driven PBS program for 15 years, following hosts Steve Thomas (1989-2003) and Bob Vila (1979-89)."
  4. ^ St. Benedict's Prep 2008 Alumni Directory
  5. ^ "The Best Homes of This Old House from Kevin O'Connor". Article. Charles & Hudson. August 30, 2011.

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