Michael Olson

Michael Olson

Editor
Minnesota Public Radio
molson@mpr.org
(651) 290-1494

Michael Olson is the editor of MPR News' Minnesota Today. He focuses on engagement and content curation on a variety of new and emerging platforms. Before coming to Minnesota Public Radio, Michael directed Public Media Texas, an Austin-based public media initiative he launched with NPR. Michael was an editor on NPR's Election Unit in Washington DC during the 2008 election. He was the news editor at member station KUT in Austin. Prior to moving to Texas, he taught journalism and reported on border issues and politics at New Mexico State University. In his first tenure in Washington, DC, he covered politics during the twilight of the Clinton Presidency, the election of George W. Bush, 9/11 and the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as an editor and writer at National Journal's Hotline. Michael got his start in journalism working for Charles Kuralt at WELY in Ely, Minn. He has a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Oregon and continues to explore the implications and possibilities of journalism as it relates to democracy.

Michael Olson Feature Archive

Fireworks at Music in Plymouth, 2009
Flooding has shifted some of the festivities this year, but Independence Day is expected to go off with a bang this year across Minnesota. (07/02/2014)
Craft beer enthusiasts swear there is more room in the beer market for additional craft beer. But room for additional craft breweries could be another matter. (06/06/2014)
A handful of Minnesota breweries have won 2014 World Beer Cup Awards. August Schell Brewing brought home two awards, one included a gold for their Vienna-Style Lager. Steel Toe Brewing won a gold for their Scotch Ale. Canal Park Brewing Co. Summit Brewing Co. and Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub also won awards this year. (04/15/2014)
Minnesota is potentially on the brink of a copper mining boom. Tonight in Duluth is the first of a series of public hearings on a proposed copper-nickel mine in Hoyt Lakes. Follow updates from MPR News and Duluth News Tribune reporters. (01/16/2014)
The redesign is the latest in a series of moves by the company to try and keep pace with the wave of new craft beers. (01/08/2014)
It's been another great year of Minnesota Scenes. Photographers across the state have shared over 5,000 photos with MPR News. See some of the year's best. (12/27/2013)
"Since 2010, U.S. manufacturers have added 665,000 jobs. Now some economists say that doesn't mean much. Manufacturing lost nearly 7 million jobs in the 30 years before that, so historically this could be just a blip. They expect job losses will soon continue in the long, sad story about the decline of manufacturing jobs in America," writes NPR's Chris Arnold. (12/26/2013)
What started as a way for road bike riders to pass the time in off season has become a serious sport. Minnesota's abundance of bad weather and passionate cyclists has helped grow cyclocross in the state. (12/05/2013)
There are perks to being the oldest existing craft brewery in the state. But with the wave of new brewers, Summit's flagship lineup starts to look and taste dated to craft brew enthusiasts that are seeking new experiences with their beer. (11/22/2013)
This chart displays beer production by the top ten Minnesota craft producers for years 2006 to 2012. The chart compares production by Summit (Minnesota's top producer) against the next nine top producers in the state. (11/22/2013)
Brewers and craft beer industry folks suggest that people drinking stronger higher quality beers tend to have fewer in one sitting. (11/21/2013)
During the drought before the beer boom it could have been easy to forget that brewing has long been an important presence in the state. (11/19/2013)
Amy and Dave Freeman, a couple from Grand Marais, Minn., paddled, dog sledded, and hiked 11,647 miles across North America. Their epic journey led them to be named among National Geographic's Adventurers of the Year. (11/16/2013)
Davy Rothbart, creator of FOUND Magazine and regular This American Life contributor, discusses his new documentary Medora with MPR News' Ground Level project.Medora is an in-depth, deeply personal look at small-town life, a thrilling, underdog basketball story, and an inspiring tale of a community refusing to give up hope despite the brutal odds stacked against them. On a grander scale, it's a film about America, and the thousands of small towns across the country facing the same fight. As one towns-person told us, "Once we lose these small towns, we can't get them back." (10/30/2013)
Outfitter and guide Jason Zabokrtsky has emerged from two weeks in the wilderness after bushwhacking his way from the depths of Quetico Provincial Park, through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and into Ely, Minn. (10/25/2013)