John J. O'Connor (journalist)

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John J. O'Connor
BornJuly 10, 1933
DiedNovember 13, 2009(2009-11-13) (aged 76)
Alma materCity College of New York
Yale University
OccupationJournalist, critic

John J. O'Connor (July 10, 1933 - November 13, 2009)[1] was an American journalist and critic.[1] He was born in The Bronx, New York.[1]

One of four sons born to Irish immigrant parents, he earned his bachelor's degree from City College of New York[1] and his master's degree from Yale University.[1]

He began his career as a copy editor at The Wall Street Journal in 1959, later becoming the Journal's arts editor and theater and dance critic, in which capacity he continued at The New York Times. He served at the Times for 25 years, mostly as a television critic.[1] O'Connor was diagnosed with lung cancer four weeks before his death at the age of 76.[1] He died at his home in Manhattan.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Gates, Anita (November 16, 2009). "John J. O'Connor, a Times TV Critic in Years of Industry Upheaval, Dies at 76". The New York Times.