As a Live Blog Editor, Emily Olson is helping to shape NPR's breaking news strategy and expand its digital presence through original reporting, audience listening, search optimization and network collaboration.
She also serves as a general assignment reporter, covering everything from Donald Trump's criminal indictment to a 5,000-mile-long blob of seaweed heading towards Florida.
Olson previously served as a digital reporter for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's North America bureau. Criss-crossing the U.S. in service of an international audience, she wrote features and analysis on the coronavirus pandemic, the summer of protests over racial injustice and the 2020 presidential election. She also stepped in as an interim supervising producer for the ABC's North America television broadcast unit.
Olson holds a Master's in journalism from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor's in English from University of the Pacific. She completed both degrees with Summa Cum Laude distinction in four years.
In 2017, she was named as a fellow with the Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism and spent three months reporting with the East Oregonian. She interned with NPR's Audience Relations team in 2018.
Olson lives in Washington DC.