Mary O’Hara

Mary is  a journalist & author of the book Austerity Bites: A Journey to the Sharp End of Cuts in the UK published by Policy Press and am author of the latest Samaritans Media Guidelines on reporting of suicide.

Guest Appearances

May 12, 2020

Journalist and author Mary O’Hara returns to Getting Curious to discuss her reporting on poverty, her new book The Shame Game: Overturning the Toxic Poverty Narrative, and her work reimagining how we talk about poverty with Project Twist-It.

She and Jonathan discuss her own experience of childhood poverty, common misconceptions around poverty in the United States and the United Kingdom, and how we can start to see social services as springboards for success.

You can find Mary O’Hara’s writing at and in The Guardian. Follow her on Twitter @MaryOHara1, and learn more about The Shame Game here and Project Twist-It here.

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April 24, 2018

Mary O’Hara returns with a Brexit update. What’s actually happened since the 2016 referendum? Is it too late to turn back? Do we love Nicola Sturgeon? And why has Northern Ireland become such a focus of Brexit negotiations? You can find Mary O’Hara’s writing at as well as at The Guardian and on Twitter @MaryOHara1. Jonathan is on Instagram @JVN, he’s the same on Twitter and Facebook. Don’t miss Jonathan on Queer Eye – streaming now on Netflix.

June 29, 2016

Jonathan sits down with Guardian columnist and author Mary O’Hara to discuss what Brexit is, how it affects British people all around the EU, and why the far right seems to be getting more popular. Also, Jonathan talks about why he had a crush on Tony Blair back in the day.  With Jonathan Van Ness and guest Mary O’Hara Produced by Christian Dueñas for