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

Bicycle commuter
Minneapolis' reputation as a bike-friendly town has gone global. The city ranks among the 20 most bike-friendly in the world, according to a new report from Europe. (06/03/2015)
A dilapidated 19th century clapboard-sided farmhouse once owned by pioneer William Boutwell will be spared a bulldozer. The Washington County Historical Society said Thursday it bought the property. (05/28/2015)
"The four Republicans running for governor in next week's primary do not like Minnesota's new minimum wage law. One of them is proposing to freeze the hourly rate at the current $8," reports Tim Pugmire for MPR News. (08/05/2014)
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)