Jay O’Brien is a Washington, D.C.-based multiplatform reporter for ABC News.
O’Brien is an Emmy® Award-winning journalist currently covering Capitol Hill, where he has been since the November midterms. There, he’s covered notable stories, such as the transition of power in the House for ABC News Live, including the dramatic election of Speaker McCarthy in early January.
O’Brien has also covered the tragic mass shooting at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, the 2022 midterm elections in Florida and Texas, and investigations into the nationwide police shortage and the impacts of artificial intelligence.
Prior to joining ABC News, O’Brien was a reporter at WPEC-TV in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he reported on the 2020 presidential election, the Surfside building collapse and Hurricane Dorian’s devastation in the Bahamas. He also interviewed former President Donald Trump and sat down with Governor Ron DeSantis in one of the first local TV interviews of his 2022 reelection campaign. Before his time at WPEC-TV, O’Brien was an anchor at KAGS-TV in Bryan, Texas.