Olivia Riçhard | Q City Metro

 🌐 Charlotte, North Carolina
Glendora, California


Olivia has been associate producer at KJZZ, the NPR station in Phoenix, a reporting intern at KNBC in Los Angeles, and a reporter at Arizona PBS, where she covered education, the borderlands, and the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. She has also reported nationally and internationally as a result of the Scripps Roy Howard reporting award for which she went to Japan and covered the intersectionality between mental health and education. She is also a game developer, focused on new ways of distributing news content. She has won several prestigious awards including Emma Bowen Award for Courage in Reporting, First Place for BioTech Science Reporting, First Place for radio features at the Festival of Media Arts, and Best of Festival for audio story telling at Broadcast Education Association. She received her B.A. from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

Covering Local government, housing and gentrification

Olivia covers local government, especially governmental actions that impact communities of color. She has a special emphasis on gentrification, displacement and issues pertaining to economic mobility in Mecklenburg County. Olivia attends government meetings, covers breaking news and, most importantly, is embedded in historically black neighborhoods that are undergoing transformation and displacement. She is directly supervised and edited by journalists with 35 years of newsroom experience — including experience as business reporters, foreign correspondents, White House reporters, business editors and deputy managing editors.