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Oliver Morrison

omorrison .com | m 930 E. Carson St. Apt.211 / Pittsburgh, PA 15203 | 206 - 643 - 9731


Health and environment

Oct 2017 – present

Public Source / Pittsburgh, PA Produced 5 - part exploration of city’s plan s to tackle climate change, which was name d a finalist for an Online News Association award for e xplanatory reporting, along wi th The Center for Public Integrity and The Texas Tribune. Collaborated with WESA public radio on food policy series; additional collaborations on The Allegheny F ront radio show. Additional collaboration with Pittsburgh Magazine on green energy; climate series work published o n CityLab.

Enterprise/ Breaking News

The Wichita Eagle | Wichita, KS Award - winning wildfire coverage shared among state firefighters and was cited by politicians pushing for a statewide audit. Enterprise stories routinely lead website in engagement and are featured above the fold on Sundays. Regular beats incl ude d immigration, education, race and science /environment. Additional work in arts, politics and policing. S torie s picked up nationally included coverage of mass shooting, elections, earthquakes, wildfires and immigration. Sho t and edit ed video features, with more than 100,000 views of a protest video, and 100 ,000 views of wildfires . Collaborated with KMUW, local public radio , and led Hearken, crowd - sourcing experiment called “Curious Wichita.” Used data tools to report about everything from traffic tickets and homelessness to city salaries and professional football. Drew on educator background to teach workshops on mapping, social media reporting and shooting videos.

2015 – 2017

Freelance reporter

Various | New York, New York Two feature articles in T he Atlantic led the website in February 2015 and were recommended by NYTimes .com and Longform. Two week reporting fellowship for Starnes Publishing in Birmingham, Alab ama focused on education / community reporting. Feature article in Education Week on the decline of school libraries and contributor for the comedy vertical Splitsider. CityLimits/Bronx covered the mayoral race, CitiBike expansion, electric taxi woes, com munity boards and adult education. Feature articles for NYPress / local publications on businesses, non - profits, artists, events and community issues.

2013 - 2015

News Intern

Chalkbeat Tennessee | Memphis, TN Covered the historic rush to o pen six largely affluent, white suburban districts and separate from black Memphis schools. Featured on local public television for reporting on preschool funding, and on public radio for suburban school reports.

Summer 2014

Teacher / Activities Director

KIPP Delta Public Schools / Teach for America | Arkansas Delta Directed the afterschool arts and athletic programs for KIPP, including staff, budget, logistics, compliance and planning. Project manager of historic theater renovation, wrote grants, coordinated with local theater companies and artists. Taught English / Speech / Drama / Journalism, and founded basketball and drama programs for KIPP.

Editor / Founder / reporter columnist. The Newt. The University of Oxford.

2005 - 2012

2003 - 2005


On line News Association: Finalist for explanatory reporting (winner announced in September) Kansas Press Association Awards of Excellence x6 : Health, Environment, P ublic notices , Youth Kansas City Heart of America Awards, Feature Writing, Business Reporting CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Alumni award for urban beat reporting




2016 - 2018 2016 /2017 May 2016

University of Oxford, B.A. 2002 - 2005

Graduated First Class / highest ho nors Phi losophy, Politics and Economics


CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, M.A. 2013 - 2014 Multimedia journalism, arts and culture reporting Commenc ement speaker, graduate council, full scholarship

Video: Final Cut X / Adobe, Canon D70/ C100, Audio: Reaper / Pro - tools / Audition , Martantz/Zoo m Photo : Sony RX - 100, Canon D5 , Lightroom Audience: Google Analytics, Chartbeat, Omniture, Hearken Social: C rowdtangle, Tweetdeck, Storify, etc. Data: Advanced Excel , Fusion Tables , Caspio, Refine, Tabula Maps: Google, Fusion, CartoDb, InfoGram.