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West Coast Video Correspondent — Quartz
Covers:  Science, environment, extreme sports, national news, breaking news

West Coast Video Correspondent for @qz, based in Los Angeles. @nytimes alum. Drone pilot, kayaker. Follow me on Instagram @olsentropy.

Erik Olsen is the West Coast Video Correspondent for Quartz. He shoots, writes, edits and narrates video stories about interesting stuff...but mostly about science.

Before Quartz. he spent over a decade at The New York Times, including two years at the Times Sr. Video Journalist in Europe, station in Berlin.

He's an avid photographer, writer, scuba diver and drone pilot. He lives in Los Angeles.

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How to Pitch Erik Olsen

Send me an email: erik@qz.com.

What was your first job as a journalist?

Intern for the Seattle Weekly

How is social media changing news?

Massive aggregation and presentation of news by niche audiences.

What's your favorite drink?

Vitamin water

The American bison becomes the new national mammal

The American bison becomes the new national mammal
qz.com — The American bison will soon join the bald eagle, the rose and the oak tree on the list of national "things" when the bearded, one-ton beast is officially named the national mammal. On April 27, the US Congress approved the National Bison Legacy Act, which is expected to be signed into law by president Barack Obama.

Sign spinning is more than a job, it's an emerging extreme sport.

Sign spinning is more than a job, it's an emerging extreme sport.
qz.com — Los Angeles You may have seen them on the side of the road, or perhaps at a highway on-ramp, twirling arrow-shaped signs to entice passing drivers to check out a new housing development or advertise a discount cell phone plan. And you might say to yourself, what a lousy job.

Formula E electric car racing looks like Formula 1 without the sound

Formula E electric car racing looks like Formula 1 without the sound
qz.com — Car-crazed Californians caught a glimpse of what the future of car racing might look-and sound-like at the second annual Formula E series in Long Beach on April 2, the only U.S. stop on the Formula E tour this year. As you can tell from the video above, the cars sound like hyperactive golf carts.

The world’s largest primate is disappearing astonishingly, tragically fast

The world’s largest primate is disappearing astonishingly, tragically fast
qz.com — The Grauer's gorilla is on the precipice of extinction, a new report says. Twenty years ago, it was estimated that 17,000 Grauer's gorillas were left within the animal's home range inside the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), but a recent report by the Wildlife Conservation Society, Flora and Fauna International and the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature reveals...

The future of hostage rescue could be this little robot

The future of hostage rescue could be this little robot
qz.com — It's like Mission Impossible with tiny robots. The Picobug is a 30-gram robot that can walk, fly and (in the near future) grasp small objects. The adorable little robot was developed by scientists at the University of Pennsylvania's General Robotics, Automation, Sensing & Perception Laboratory (GRASP).

An unprecedented conservation effort saved these cute foxes from disappearing forever

An unprecedented conservation effort saved these cute foxes from disappearing forever
qz.com — Sometimes playing God works. When the population of the Channel Islands fox fell to just 85 in 2004, wildlife officials knew they had a massive challenge on their hands. How to bring the adorable little animals back from the brink of extinction?

Where Hollywood goes to makes its fake planes look real

Where Hollywood goes to makes its fake planes look real
qz.com — When Martin Scorsese needed to shoot a scene of a drunken Leonardo DiCaprio on a jet plane for the film The Wolf of Wall Street, he could have built his own fake fuselage, or rented a 747. Of course, that would also have cost several hundred thousand dollars.

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Turning Oil Rigs Into Reefs

Turning Oil Rigs Into Reefs
nytimes.com — Environmentalists disagree over whether outdated oil rigs off the coast of Long Beach, Calif., can become an addition to the marine ecosystem.

These beautiful projection maps bring to life some of the most iconic structures on the planet

These beautiful projection maps bring to life some of the most iconic structures on the planet
qz.com — Projection mapping is a rapidly-growing art form that turns buildings, landscapes and even human faces into otherworldly interactive displays. In the last five years, about a dozen projection mapping companies around the world have revolutionized the use of powerful light projectors to bring to life some of the most iconic structures on the planet.
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May 04, 2016

I would pay serious money to hear Bill Clinton's strategy sessions to take on Trump. nytimes.com/2016/05/04/us/…

Apr 29, 2016

YES! Walt Whitman: “Let the main part of the diet be meat, to the exclusion of all else.” nyti.ms/1UlKfkt

Apr 29, 2016

The origin story for Ed Balls day. The British have such a fine since of humor. nyti.ms/1T84rAU

Apr 28, 2016

Something I learned today: foursquare is providing critical data on companies' health. washingtonpost.com/news/innovatio… pic.twitter.com/G1p2eC4PWz

Apr 28, 2016

Heh, EPA Urges Flint Residents To Stop Dumping Tap Water Down Drain theonion.com/article/epa-ur…

Apr 28, 2016

Is Cruz' calling a basketball court a "basketball ring" a failure of sports knowledge or geometry? indystar.com/story/sports/2…

Apr 28, 2016

The wild, rapturous and ineffable joy of watching 5 mins of FailArmy with your 11 year old son before he goes off to school.

Apr 28, 2016

Obama: the U.S. economy is in much better shape than the public appreciates @nytimes nytimes.com/2016/05/01/mag…


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