Brian O’Donovan

Brian O'DonovanBrian O’Donovan will talk about “Divided States of America: My four years in Washington during the Trump era” and his book Four Years in the Cauldron.

Brian O’Donovan is RTÉ’s Work & Technology Correspondent and has been a journalist with the station since 2015. He was appointed to the role of Washington Correspondent in January 2018.

Brian O’Donovan was RTÉ’s Washington Correspondent during a tumultuous time for the US. Donald Trump’s chaotic and controversial presidency dominated the political agenda. His handling of the Black Lives Matter protest movement and the Covid-19 pandemic saw the gulf between an already divided America grow even wider. Brian had a front-row seat on it all and reported on major events including the election of Joe Biden and the storming of the Capitol Building. He chronicled his fascinating time in the US in his book ‘Four Years in the Cauldron‘.

Brian began his broad broadcasting career with local radio station Red FM in his native Cork. He then joined TV3 where he worked for ten years in a variety of roles including news correspondent and documentary maker.

He is married to Joanna and they have two daughters.

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