Kit O'Connell

Kit O'Connell

Creating gonzo journalism

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Gonzo Patron

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THANK YOU! In return for supporting my writing, you'll get access to my patrons-only feed, featuring extra photos and notes from my published articles. 

With your donation, you'll get the satisfaction of supporting an independent journalist. Thanks to your help, I'll be able to share original, open-licensed writing on

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Gonzo Insider

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As Gonzo Insider, you'll get exclusive glimpses of my work in progress, including bonus content from my interviews. I'll also send you cool stuff in the mail like zines from time to time. 


-- If I get at least 9 more new donors at this or higher levels, I'll create custom stickers for you. 

  • Patron-only content feed
  • Behind-the-scenes previews
  • Cool stuff in the mail
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Gonzo Shoutout

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At this level, I'll thank you once a month via a tweet to my thousands of followers, including mentioning the Twitter account or website of your choice (subject to approval). PLUS all the other rewards!

  • Patron-only content feed
  • Behind-the-scenes previews
  • Cool stuff in the mail
  • Twitter shout-out
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About Kit O'Connell

Hi! I'm Kit O'Connell, a gonzo journalist from Austin, Texas and I'd like you to support my work.

About me

I've been a writer most of my life, but I embraced journalism as a career during the Occupy movement of 2011. As an organizer and citizen journalist in Occupy Austin, I discovered the thrill of sharing live coverage of breaking events via social media. I began to grow a following by covering direct action and spontaneous marches, and I was one of the first reporters to cover to the infiltration of the movement by undercover Austin police.

After the movement began to wane, I was hired by Firedoglake, an influential progressive blog, where I worked as an editor and correspondent. During 2013, when massive protests broke out at the Texas State Capitol over a proposed anti-abortion law, I brought live coverage via Twitter and livestream to thousands of people.

That's probably when I really knew there was no going back: I'm a gonzo journalist for life. My writing has appeared at The EstablishmentMintPress News, the Texas Observer and Truthout, in addition to my homepage, Approximately 8,000 Words

As a gonzo journalist, I reject the idea that any reporter can ever really be "neutral." My reporting is closely tied to my activism, and I'm openly biased toward human rights and equality. 

Why a Patreon?

Though I continue to pitch my freelance work to various outlets, with your help, I can produce more original journalism which I publish directly on

Everything I produce for my homepage is released under a creative commons license, so it can be freely republished. In the near future, I'll be offering more sneak previews & exclusive content for patrons, as well.

In today's state of emergency, one way to support resistance is to support the work of a truth-telling journalist you admire. 

Donate today.

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At this level, I'll be able to produce at least one additional major report or investigation per month, published on my website,, under a Creative Commons license, in addition to the shorter posts I make regularly.

& thanks to your help, my patrons will literally be paying my rent, while making a small but significant contribution to my other expenses (web hosting, supplies, etc).
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