About Olivia

I am a multimedia journalist driven to tell untold stories from under-covered corners of the world.

Right now, I am a crime and public safety reporter at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, New Orleans’ largest and oldest newspaper.

From June 2015 to August 2018, I served in the Peace Corps in Madagascar. For two years, I taught English to sixth and seventh grade students in Ambondro, a remote, rural village in the southernmost region of the island. For my third year of service, I led multimedia storytelling efforts for the post while based in the capital, Antananarivo.

Throughout my service on the world’s fourth largest island, I actively shared what I learned about Malagasy culture on this blog. My storytelling, aimed at bridging cultural gaps between my Malagasy neighbors and American readers, was recognized in Peace Corps’ ‘Blog It Home’ contest. It was selected as one of eight blogs to represent 7,000 Peace Corps Volunteers worldwide.

The power of stories has always inspired me. After graduating from Rutgers University with a journalism and media studies degree, I reported at The Record, New Jersey’s second-largest newspaper. I also was a contributing writer for digital news site, goKicker.com.

My love for journalism sprouted in a tiny newsroom in central Jersey (on 26 Mine St. to be exact). With the brains and hard work of several like-minded, motivated, intelligent (and arguably crazy) fellow students, we produced an issue of the school’s independent newspaper every single day. I was the managing editor for The Daily Targum’s 144th editorial board, as well as serving as its design editor and editorial assistant. Somehow, I also rowed on Rutgers' Division I rowing team and was on the triathalon team.

I geek out on crime podcasts, am oddly talented at making cake pops and will always cross the street to pet a cute dog.

 Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

Horseshoe Bend, Arizona