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Olivia M. Smith


ABC News, New York, N.Y., Multimedia Reporter

March 2015-Present

Report stories for ABC’s digital platforms:, Apple TV and OTT devices. Write, shoot, produce, present videos and text pieces for breaking news, features. Live stream report on-air from field, report in-depth magazine style stories. Create, develop brands. Hired for first such role at ABC to focus on using innovative methods to tell visual stories to digital audiences.

Al Jazeera America, New York, N.Y., News Producer

Nov. 2013-March 2015

Produce segments, packages for primetime shows. Report on national and international news. Write scripts and on-air copy. Cut video, coordinate live shots, oversee aspects of production, cover topics from breaking news to features. Assist with web videos.

Freelance Journalist, New York, N.Y., Reporter/Producer

Aug. 2011-Feb. 2015

Report for media organizations. Published by outlets including CNN, The Daily Beast,, HuffPost, Style Section LA.

NY1 News, New York, N.Y., On-Air Reporter

Feb. 2013-Dec. 2013

One-woman band: shot, wrote, edited and reported deadline-driven stories on-air in a number one market. Covered geographical beats daily in N.Y. and N.J. Reported on a range of topics from breaking news to Hurricane Sandy, health, education and culture.

CNN, New York, N.Y., Master’s Fellow

May 2012-Dec. 2012

Awarded fellowship to rotate through New York bureau. Published stories, including articles featured on’s homepage. Field produced, covered breaking news and events like UNGA. Wrote for CNNMoney. Worked on AC360 and other live shows.

Columbia Journalism Review, New York, N.Y., Editorial Intern

Jan. 2012-May 2012

Wrote about journalism events for CJR’s website. Contributed reporting and fact-checked articles. Pitched and published stories, including “A New App for Citizen Journalists” about digital tools for media companies on The News Frontier.

CBS News, New York, N.Y., 60 Minutes Intern

Jan. 2011-May 2011

Researched and created fact files for producers. Conducted phone interviews and transcribed tapes. Worked on in-depth stories, one involving rape on a college campus: assisted with selecting sound bytes and organizing legal documents.

The Valley Sun Newspaper, La Cañada, Calif., Reporter

July 2004-Aug. 2009

Received more than 30 bylines for news, features, science, sports and culture stories. Pitched and reported front-page exposé about rats on the high school campus. Created and launched Q&A column for the weekly newspaper.


Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York, N.Y.

Master of Science Broadcast Journalism- Classes included investigative seminar and digital media workshops. Covered Italian community beat: print articles, radio pieces, videos and audio slideshows. Managed student site. Awarded honors.

New York University, New York, N.Y.

May 2012

May 2011

Bachelor of Science Media, Culture & Communication with a focus on marketing and liberal arts. Career leader. Studied abroad spring 2009 in Paris, France. Contributed to student publications, photography honored. Dean’s List scholar.


· Multimedia: Proficient with video and audio recording (DSLR and JVC HD cameras: C100, 5D, PMW-200) and experience with editing (Final Cut Pro, Dalet, Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Avid, Avid Interplay Central).

· Social Media: Vimeo, Flickr, Instagram, Tumblr, WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Active blogger.

· Computer Software: MS Office applications- Excel, PowerPoint, etc. News software- iNews, ENPS, CMS.

· Other: Familiar with Spanish. Certified in Hostile Environment Awareness Training.


· Volunteer Work, 2015-Present, Assist with Disney volunteer opportunities and community events.

· Founder of FemTrends, 2014-Present, Started discussion group & blog for contributing writers on women’s issues.

· Al Jazeera America Post-Launch, 2013-2014, Structured new primetime shows, shaping style of content & specials.

· German-American Fulbright, 2012, Award grant to study German media in Berlin on a 10-day seminar.

· Columbia Graduate Honors, 2011-2012, Received honors for reporting, exposé featured at 1 st innovation exhibition.

· CBS Interview: Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood, 2010, Discussion on social media and Generation Y.

*References available upon request.