Mary O’Hara is an award-winning journalist and author specialising in social policy and social justice. She freelances across a number of publications and platforms including the Guardian and Mosaic Science. She was named International Columnist of the Year in 2017 and 2018 by the Los Angeles Press Club Southern Calfornia Journalism Awards for her Guardian column, Lesson From America. She is also an executive producer on the podcast Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness and founder of the anti-poverty intitiative Project Twist-It. She is the author of Austerity Bites: A Journey to the Sharp End of Cuts in the UK, of a chapter in the book The Violence of Austerity, and is working on her next book – The Shame Game: Overturning the Toxic Poverty Narrative. In 2009-2010 she was an Alistair Cooke Fulbright Scholar. She is also the founder and chair of the David Nobbs Memorial Trust.