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Ron Olsen is a veteran television news broadcaster and voiceover artist based in Los Angeles, Californiamarker, United Statesmarker.

Early life

Olsen grew up in Minnesotamarker and attended the University of Minnesota, Twin Citiesmarker and Bemidji State Universitymarker, Bemidji , MN. He has studied vocal interpretation with Lilyan Wilder (NY) and Pat Fraley (LA)and Tom Clay (LA).

Awards and Accomplishments

He is the recipient of Emmy Awards for coverage of the Malibu Fire in 1993, the Northridge Earthquake in 1994, best newscast over 35 minutes in length (Prime News-KTLA TV) in 2006 and a Peabody Award for KTLA's coverage of the Rodney King beating in 1991. In 2001, he was awarded first place for television hard news coverage from the Greater Los Angeles Press Club. Other honors include three "Golden Mic" awards from the Radio and Television News Association of Southern California, the 2001 award for spot news coverage from APTRA of California and Nevada, a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for spot news coverage from the RTNDA in 1998 and two Sigma Delta Chi "Golden Quill" awards from the Society of Professional Journalists.

During the course of the Simpson trials, Olsen appeared as a guest on "Reliable Sources" on CNN, "This Week With David Brinkley" on ABC and on WGN Radiomarker, Chicago. His coverage of the criminal trial featured analysis from authors Dominick Dunne and Joseph Bosco.

Other noteworthy stories Olsen has covered include: George McGovern running to re-gain his seat in the U.S. Senate after his losing bid for the Presidency in 1972, the return of the U.S. hostages from the Iran hostage crisis to Edwards Air Force Basemarker in 1981, sentencing of "Hillside Strangler" Angelo Buono in 1982, the acquittal of John DeLorean on charge of drug trafficking in cocaine (exclusive first interview with DeLorean following his acquittal) in 1984, the release of "We Are The World" song to aid famine relief in Africa in 1985, the execution of serial killer John Wayne Gacy in Joliet, Illinois in 1994 and the execution of Stanley "Tookie" Williams at San Quentin State Prisonmarker in California in 2005. Olsen teamed up with columnist Steve Lopez of the Los Angeles Times for his report on the Williams execution as part of the Tribune Company's "convergence" project between KTLA-TV and the newspaper. In 2002, Ron Olsen joined other California television news professionals in demanding more stringent rules governing the safety of news vans following an accident that critically injured reporter Adrienne Alpert. The demands were presented to Cal/OSHA, which eventually drew up the regulations.

Professional life

Olsen got his start in broadcasting at student-run WMMR Radio (now "Radio K") at the University of Minnesotamarker. Before his career in television and radio news, he worked in tv production at KSTP, Minneapolis/St. Paulmarker. He then moved into broadcast journalism at KELO-TVmarker in Sioux Falls, South Dakotamarker, WBNS-TVmarker, Columbus, Ohiomarker, KDKA-TVmarker and radio in Pittsburghmarker, PA, WMAR-TVmarker in Baltimore, MDmarker, KABC-TVmarker and the ABC Radio Networks in Los Angelesmarker, KHJ-TV (now KCAL-TVmarker), Los Angeles and KTLA-TVmarker, Los Angeles. At KDKA in Pittsburgh, Ron hosted the "Channel to Pittsburgh" talk show and the Group W public affairs show "Impact." At KTLA, he co-hosted the "Weekend Gallery" talk show.

Olsen joined the staff of KTLAmarker in Los Angeles in 1987. While there he would wear several hats, working as a reporter/anchor and a talk show host. From May 2002 to May 2006 Ron was at the Los Angeles Times, where he worked with the newspaper's staff adapting daily newspaper stories and series to be aired on KTLA-TV. Both the [Los Angeles Times] and KTLA are owned by the Tribune Company. Tribune acquired the Times Mirror Company, prior owner of the Los Angeles Times, for more than 8 billion dollars in 2000. Tribune executives touted the purchase as giving Tribune a dual presence in in the three largest media markets in America, owning both a tv station and a newspaper in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. The move toward creating "synergy" between the newspaper and the tv station was not without controversy. Faced by declining revenues as newspaper readership fell and advertisers increasingly moved their money into "new media," the Tribune Company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in December of 2008. Olsen left KTLA-TV in 2009.

Ron Olsen is a member of AFTRA (The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) and SAG (The Screen Actors Guild). He served on the broadcast committee of AFTRA's Los Angeles Local in 2002.

O.J. Simpson

Ron Olsen was among the first journalists to arrive at the Bundy murder scene and was KTLA's principal field reporter for coverage of the O.J. Simpson criminal and civil trials which continued for nearly three years. He followed Simpson in a news van during the famous "low-speed chase". KTLA's coverage of the Simpson criminal trial was broadcast internationally.

Rodney King

He also covered the Los Angeles riots and the federal trials of the four officers charged with beating Rodney King. The trial coverage was carried by the Tribune Company television stations.

Ron Olsen has volunteered his time to several charities including the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Foundation and the World Children's Transplant Fund. He is a recipient of the "Celebration of Life" award from the World Children's Transplant Fund.


  1. The Peabody Awards: 1991 Winners: Rodney King: Videotaped Beating

External links

  • Ron Olsen's website mentioned in guide to best journalism websites [814927]
  • The Malibu Fire of 1993 [814928]

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