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Oliver Morrison |
930 E. Carson St. Apt.211 / Pittsburgh, PA 15203 | 206-643-9731


Health and environment Oct 2017 – present
Public Source / Pittsburgh, PA
Wrote 5-part exploration of city’s plans to tackle climate change, with live interview of chief environment officer.
Collaborated with WESA public radio on an in-depth series about school food and food policy in Pittsburgh.

Enterprise/ Breaking News 2015 – 2017
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 included immigration, education, race and science/environment. Additional work in arts, politics and policing.
Stories picked up nationally included coverage of mass shooting, elections, earthquakes, wildfires and immigration.
Shot and edited 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.

Freelance reporter 2013 - 2015
Various| New York, New York
Two feature articles in The Atlantic led the website in February 2015 and were recommended by and Longform.
Two week reporting fellowship for Starnes Publishing in Birmingham, Alabama 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, community boards and adult education.
Feature articles for NYPress / local publications on businesses, non-profits, artists, events and community issues.

News Intern Summer 2014
Chalkbeat Tennessee | Memphis, TN
Covered the historic rush to open 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.

Teacher / Activities Director 2005 - 2012
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. 2003-2005


Kansas Press Association Awards of Excellence x6: Health, Environment, Public notices, Youth 2016-2018
Kansas City Heart of America Awards, Feature Writing, Business Reporting 2016/2017
CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Alumni award for urban beat reporting May 2016


University of Oxford, B.A. 2002-2005 Video: Final Cut X / Adobe, Canon D70/C100, Videoliscious
Graduated First Class / highest honors Audio: Reaper / Pro-tools / Adobe Audition
Philosophy, Politics and Economics Audio: Marantz 661, Zoom, shotgun/lavs/cardioids/wireless
. Photo: Sony RX-100, Canon D5, Lightroom
CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, M.A. 2013-2014 Audience: Google Analytics, Chartbeat, Omniture, Hearken
Multimedia journalism, arts and culture reporting Social: Crowdtangle, Tweetdeck, Storify, etc.
Commencement speaker, graduate council, full scholarship Data: Advanced Excel, Fusion Tables, Caspio, Refine, Tabula,
Maps: Google, Fusion, CartoDb, InfoGram, basic SQL.
Deep Springs College, 2000-2002 Online: NewsGate, Omniture, WordPress, basic HTML
Udall/Hotchkiss scholarships, student trustee. Research: LexisNexis, PACER.

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