Oliver Morrison

704 E Douglas Ave Apt 12 / Wichita, KS 67202

206-643-9731   [email protected]

 www.omorrison.com  / @ORMorrison

Journalism Experience

Wichita Eagle: Enterprise/breaking news, May 2015 – Present

In-depth narratives and features for Sunday front page, which routinely lead website in engagement. Covered national breaking news stories: mass shooting, police/protester barbecue, Amtrak crash, presidential election and largest wildfire in state history. CUNY Alumni Award for urban beat coverage for stories on immigration, criminal justice reform, and minimum wage. Kansas City Press Association gold medal for business reporting on new airport. Broke story about politically motivated assault picked up by national media including Washington Post. Recycling feature won Kansas Press Association second place. Shot, edited and produced leading videos; created data visualizations and used variety of web tools; taught mapping and social media storytelling to newsroom.

Freelance, The Atlantic, Education Week, Winter 2015

Reported essay in the Atlantic on conservative comedy, #1 for two days, most commented of the week. Feature on colorblindness glasses reached #7 on TheAtlantic.com. Investigative feature on the state of New York City’s school libraries for Education Week. Reader for the Hillman Foundation Prize and freelance producer for Conde Nast Traveler.

Nypress.com / Manhattan Times / Bronx Free Press, Fall 2014

Feature articles on local playsparades, fundraisers, art installations, businesses and festivals.

Chalkbeat Tennessee, Memphis Summer 2014

Covered the historic rush of six new suburban school districts to open their doors on time. Highlights included an article that tripled Chalkbeat TN’s highest single day total of page views ever; invitation to appear on weekly local PBS show “Behind the Headlines” to discuss pre-K reporting; a feature story on local NPR station WKNO; more than a byline a day, including photos, audio, data analysis and video.

CityLimits.org, New York 2013-2014

Reporter, writer and photographer for stories on mayoral candidates, an election polling site, CitiBike expansion, electric taxis in the city, community board planners, and trouble with the new GED exam.

NYCity News Service, 2013-2014

Pieces on the rise of local satire sites and a local TV comedy for the Awl’s Splitsider; two profiles in Chalkbeat NY on High School fairs; Mott Haven Herald article about local hip-hop group; blended math program article and videos of Latin Jazz group and Africa Center for Voices of NY; audio feature on student lobbyists for Audiofiles podcast.

Editor of The Newt, University of Oxford 2003-2004

Founded biweekly paper and managed a staff of 15, budget and website; reporter and columnist.

Theater Critic, DailyInfo Oxford 2003-2005

Wrote reviews of local shows such as “American Buffalo”, “What the Butler Saw”;and “Jackson’s Way.”

Reporter, Seattle Times’ mirror magazine, Seattle 1999-2000

Covered local youth stories such as the growth of gay/straight alliance clubs and homeless youth shelter events.

 

Other Professional Experience

Educator, Arkansas 2005 – 2012

KIPP Delta: Activities Coordinator. Managed six-figure budget, staff of 10, transportation, scheduling, compliance, recruitment, hiring and event planning. Project manager of theater and gym renovations. Teach for America: Taught English, Drama, Speech and Journalism. Director and basketball coach.

 

Education

CUNY Graduate School of Journalism / M.A. Journalism Dec. 2014

Class speaker for graduation. Elected to grad council. Full scholarship.

University of Oxford / BA in Philosophy, Politics, Economics 2005

Received first class honors, highest possible. Morris K. Udall Scholar and W.R. Hotchkiss Scholar.

Deep Springs College / Philosophy, Biology 2002

 

Multimedia, Data and Language Skills

Audio: Marantz 661 with cartioid, shotgun, wireless microphones. Reaper and Pro-tools for editing.
Photo: Lightroom, Sony RX100, Canon D70.
Web: WordPress.
Languages: Spanish, advanced intermediate.
Data/maps: Excel, CartoDB, infogram.
Video: Canon C100, Final Cut X.

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