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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

Dolly the sheep's clones are healthy and that could mean much for human health.

qz.com — When Dolly the sheep died of lung disease and severe arthritis in 2003 after a relatively short seven year life, many scientists speculated that perhaps cloning had something to do with it. Could cloning an adult mammal, they wondered, make the clone adult-like right from birth.

Scientists just captured unprecedented footage of the violent life of corals

qz.com — Like an underwater version of Game of Thrones, corals constantly do battle with one another to gain and protect territory. That's because corals are actually made up of millions of tiny animals called polyps that group together to form what otherwise appears to be a single organism.

A quadcopter drone developed by McGill University computer scientists can make surprisingly accurate dot pictures of people.

qz.com — Scientists at McGill University have developed a robot that could conceivably rank as one of the world's great artists. Well, sort of. The team of scientists has written complex algorithms that allow a small quadcopter drone to fly in front of a canvas and to paint on it using daubs of ink.

LA's US Bank tower opened a new glass slide and observation deck, attached to the outside of the building, 1000 feet in the air.

qz.com — One thousand feet above Los Angeles, a new tourist attraction has people screaming. The SkySlide, a 45-foot long glass tube, precariously attached to the side of the city's US Bank tower, opened recently and has been drawing tourists who might otherwise be enjoying the city's famous beaches or Hollywood sights.

Getting your balloon license to fly a drone.

qz.com — Matt Gerard is floating high in the sky, learning to fly a hot air ballon, even though he will probably never do so again. "I have no plans to fly a hot air balloon again any time in the near future," he says. Welcome to the weird world of the FAA's commercial drone regulations.

Great white sharks are coming back in California-and that’s a good thing

qz.com — Dr. Chris Lowe's phone has been ringing almost constantly. As the director of the Cal State Long Beach Shark Lab, Lowe is the go-to-guy for media and other scientists when they have questions about sharks. Recently, they've been wanting to know whether the waters here are safe for people-and with good reason.

Pixar's Finding Dory will make the blue tang fish popular and that's not a good thing

qz.com — When Pixar's Finding Nemo was released in 2003, it unleashed a tidal wave of demand for the cute orange clownfish, the species that the character Nemo is based on. Sales of clownfish rose as much as 40%, according to some estimates. Some scientists were concerned that the population of the fish would be severely depleted if...

Sea of Cortez: The dazzling sea that Jacques Cousteau once called "the world's aquarium" is now in jeopardy

qz.com — The Sea of Cortez is a dazzling pageant of nature. Scientists say this narrow sea between the Mexican mainland and the Baja California peninsula is one of the most biologically diverse bodies of water on the planet, home to more than 900 species of fish, thousands of species of invertebrates, and a wide array of marine...

Blowing up Washington’s Interstate 90

qz.com — Who said infrastructure improvement was boring? This video shows the Washington State Department of Transportation's efforts to widen Interstate 90. The work, which began in 2009 and is supposed to finish sometime in 2019, will provide an additional pair of lanes to relieve congestion on one of the state's most important transportation corridors.

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.
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Jul 26, 2016

Alicia Keys. Nice. If only Scott Baio played the piano.

Jul 26, 2016

Was Bill's speech rewritten after Michelle Obama's speech, which was so positive and well-received. Press said he'd be an attack dog. No.

Jul 26, 2016

"This retelling of their love story." Uh, left out a couple of bits.

Jul 26, 2016

No way this guy's not going to pop into the Situation Room at the White House and be, like, "Hey, what are you guys talking about?"

Jul 26, 2016

Best change maker I've ever met is the lady at Starbucks on 39th street/8th ave.

Jul 26, 2016

This could be history. No president has ever had their "water broke".

Jul 26, 2016

I like it. I think. But it's a bit like a too-talkative guy telling you a story on the subway. (looking up...where's my stop?)

Jul 26, 2016

Sorry, (obvious alert!) but the cutaways to the audience are so much more representative of the US than what we saw at the RNC.


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