Michael Olson

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.

Stories by Michael Olson

What kind of disclosure should Minnesota have for lobbyists?

“Minnesota’s lobbying disclosure laws have earned a middle-of-the pack grade of “C” from a national, nonprofit government watchdog group,” writes MPR News reporter Tim Pugmire. The Sunlight Foundation, based in Washington, D.C., released an update today of its state lobbying disclosure report card. The group evaluates the disclosure of lobbyist activity and compensation, expenditure transparency,…