Mark O’Brien

I’m lucky because I’m living my two dreams — to live in the South and to be a writer.

I came to Pensacola in 1978 to be a reporter for the Pensacola News Journal. After a stint as editor in charge of local news, I became a columnist for several years. Then, I spent a year teaching journalism at Spring Hill College — a refreshing break from “the real world” — before going into public relations working for the State of Florida, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and E.W. Bullock Associates, which handles marketing for numerous businesses, government agencies and nonprofit organizations. I returned to the News Journal in 1999 and wrote more than 2,000 columns about the people and institutions of our area — never missing a deadline!

Since 2011 I’ve been in business for myself, free to write for people and organizations I prize.

More about Mark O’Brien

Writer of blogs, tweets, email campaigns, news releases and video scripts that consistently deliver effective results for clients.

Experienced writer of advertising copy in a variety of formats.

Certified and accredited as a public relations professional who helps individuals, businesses and institutions tell their stories.

Author of literally thousands of newspaper columns and news stories.

Author of two books, “Sand In My Shoes” and “Pensacola On My Mind.”

Ghostwriter of books for others on topics such as marketing and social media as well as co-author of histories on local families and the University of South Aabama.

Producer and host of “The Mark O’Brien Show” on BLAB-TV and WCOA radio; host of BLAB-TV infomercials for Baptist Hospital, the City of Pensacola and private attorneys.

Writing awards: National Society of Newspaper Columnists (twice), Pensacola League of Women Voters, Pensacola Press Club.

Former newsman for The Associated Press. Also wrote for USA Today, The Boston Globe, Editor & Publisher and other publications.

Master’s degree in Counseling and Human Development, Troy University; bachelor’s degree in English, University of Massachusetts-Boston.