Professor William O’Connell began his career as a TV Reporter for LI News Tonight at NYIT, and he was a News Specialist for the McGraw-Hill Companies for 13 years. His work in Corporate America is extensive. He was also the Co-Director of Speech and Debate at SCCC which won back to back collegiate New York State Titles. In 2008, he wrote a popular LULU PRESS worldwide best selling book titled “Homeless in Paradise Communicating with the Venice Beach,CA Subculture.” Subsequently, the book was used by Hollywood Star and British Actor Russell Brand for a portion of his upcoming movie documentary titled “Russell’s Happy Project,” which is in production.
O’Connell has produced, directed, and edited for commercial and many community service film pieces: Special Olympics Long Island, Mosaic, Actor Danny Aiello and NY Yankees Ray Negron’s Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Video, Conflict Within and Without, A Yankee Miracle, Pitch for a Cure, Hells Angels, Venice After Dark, Phountain, Vagina Monologues, Treeman of Venice and Tree Awakenings, Hanks Yanks, The People Project, and his work with Oppenheimer funds earned the Most Creative Award 2012. O’Connell is also deeply rooted in his community service work raising money and or awareness for many different charities including; Long Island Cares, Thanksgiving Day Dinner, Childhood Cancer, Juvenile Diabetes, Hanks Yanks, and Special Olympics.