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Los Angeles, CA
West Coast Video Correspondent — Quartz
Covers:  metro, 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's Biography

Erik Olsen is a staff Senior Video Journalist for The New York Times. He shoots, writes, edits and narrates video stories for Occasionally he writes for print and shoots photos. He has produced for ABC News, Current and other outlets. He's an avid photographer, panoramic shooter, writer, and scuba diver. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

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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

Hoverboarding at Venice Beach

Nov 25, 2015

RT @nytvideo: Hoverboards are this holiday season’s hottest item (they're also illegal in many places)

Missing Nohemi - Video - — Nohemi Gonzalez, 23, was an industrial design student at California State University, Long Beach. She was studying abroad in Paris when she was killed in the terrorist attacks on Nov. 13.
Nov 25, 2015

RT @starksamantha: Extraordinarily moving piece by @olsentropy on what a CA student killed in Paris Attacks left behind: via @nytvideo

Nov 25, 2015

Remembering Nohemi Gonzales, Cal State design student, killed in Paris terror attacks touching video by @olsentropy

Nov 25, 2015

RT @spatrickfarrell: Remembering Nohemi Gonzales, Cal State design student, killed in Paris terror attacks touching video by @olsentropy

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Edible, but Ugly — To combat food waste, Imperfect Produce, a San Francisco Bay Area start-up, sells fresh fruits and vegetables that never make it to grocery store shelves.

Drone Racing Dreams — Drone racing is a fast-growing extreme sport in which pilots compete head-to-head with small flying drones while wearing first-person-view goggles.
Nov 11, 2015

SO cool — Would love to do this. Drone Racing Dreams via @olsentropy

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Gentlemen, Start Your Drones — EAGLE ROCK, Calif. - On a cool October night, after the stores in this suburban shopping mall closed, six young drone racers gathered in a subterranean parking garage here to hone their aviation skills. Using remote control joysticks, they navigated small X-shaped drones around pylons and beneath shopping carts, each vying for the lead.
Nov 11, 2015

Is drone racing a guys-only sport? 'I need to make sure I always find time to spend with my girlfriend and my dog.'…

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Digitizing Natural History — Museums worldwide are spending millions to digitize their collections. The Berlin Museum of Natural History is undertaking one of the more ambitious efforts, using 3D imaging to create so-called type specimens.
Oct 20, 2015

Recording whats in nat hist museum collections may be critical to answering key questions in conservation biology.

Oct 26, 2015

Digitizing Natural History @olsentropy in his macro bugged out element. via @nytvideo

Museum Specimens Find New Life Online — BERLIN - In a brightly lit room on the third floor of the Museum of Natural History here, stacks of wooden drawers are covered in glass, some panes so dusty that it is difficult to discern exactly what's inside. When the glass is removed, rows of carefully pinned insects are revealed, gleaming in brilliant colors like precious jewels.
Oct 19, 2015

RT @NYTScience: New efforts to digitize museum collections could help answer important questions in biology

Oct 19, 2015

RT @tealtan: Museums are digitizing insects by taking and combining thousands of photographs to get all parts into perfect focus:…

Oct 19, 2015

"Digitizing Natural History: Museum Specimens Find New Life Online." By @olsentropy via @nytimes

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A Lush Spot on the Los Angeles River — Despite its reputation as a concrete canal, the Los Angeles River is green in some spots. The city recently announced that the architect Frank Gehry would help revitalize the 51-mile waterway.

Kim Suozzi’s Last Wishes — Kim knew she was dying, but she believed that cryonic preservation had a "1 or 2 percent chance" of offering her another shot at life. And for that, it was worth trying.
Sep 12, 2015

Talk about poignant videos. @nytvideo captures a dying woman's attempt to save herself through cryonics via @nytvideo

Sep 14, 2015

Outstanding @nytvideo doc about a dying woman seeking a future life via cryonics. By @olsentropy and Eugene Yi

Sep 14, 2015

RT @jimmy2cans: Kim Suozzi’s Last Wishes: to be cryopreserved after death. Outstanding short doc @olsentropy via @nytvideo

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The New York Times — BARROW, Alaska - The ancient whale hunt here is not so ancient anymore. "Ah, the traditional loader," one man mumbled irreverently. "Ah, the traditional forklift." That morning, the first of the annual fall hunt, a crew of Inupiat Eskimos cruising the Arctic Ocean in a small powerboat spotted the whale's spout, speeded to the animal's side and killed the whale with an exploding harpoon.
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Feb 13, 2016

Of course they did. "Senate Republicans called on President Obama to let his successor fill the seat."

Feb 13, 2016

@_marcusthompson IMO, as someone who grew up where fishing has wrecked the local stocks

Feb 13, 2016

@_marcusthompson but a takeaway is advocacy for spearing large fish, even if "just one". Wish we could get people not thinking even thats ok

Feb 13, 2016

@_marcusthompson I see the point of it, and have done similar stories myself. And the video was well done, beautiful even. #whaleshark scene

Feb 13, 2016

Obama has now protected more than 265 million acres of land and water, more than any other administration.

Feb 13, 2016

Just the beginning. Insane to think with these things will do in just five years. via @YouTube

Feb 13, 2016

RT @lpolgreen: New app from @qz is really fun & more creative than anything anyone else is trying in mobile news. Will it work? Who knows. …

Feb 13, 2016

@_marcusthompson Have I read about overfishing, esp overexploitation of large fish species like marlin, tuna, etc.? Uh, where do I start?

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