Olivia Smith is an award-winning, multi-platform journalist based in Los Angeles. She is a Digital Reporter at ABC News, where she creates original content across all media platforms. As a general assignment, video reporter for ABC News National, Olivia covers a wide range of topics, from feature stories to breaking news. Olivia is also a Certified Nutrition Specialistthrough the National Academy of Sports Medicine, a skill she uses in her reporting.
Olivia reports, hosts, presents, anchors, pitches, writes, shoots, edits and produces. She loves writing as much as she loves working with video, and she does it all. Olivia has reported live for ABCnetwork television, and she is a correspondent across ABC’s digital platforms for live reports and segments.
Olivia focuses on using innovative methods to create visual stories for digital audiences, and she has contributed to ABC shows. She does everything from producing in-depth magazine-style and documentary pieces to experimenting with new technology for storytelling.
While at ABC, Olivia has created, hosted and anchored different series, including a #LivWell live stream series called Healthy Living, and an interactive quiz show called Know The News. She also focuses on covering underreported topics in her investigative Underground series, which you can find on Hulu and OTT platforms along with other ABC News Digital Features.
Olivia earned her master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she received honors for her reporting and for her thesis. One of her investigative, environmental pieces was featured at the J-School’s first Innovation Showcase. She earned her bachelor’s degree from New York University, where she studied communications and liberal arts, and spent a semester living abroad in Paris, France.
A California native, Olivia began her journalism career at 15 with a front-page exposé for her town newspaper and a weekly column on world issues. She was also the Editor-in-Chief of her high school newspaper. Olivia has appeared on CBS News Sunday Morningto talk about social media. She has moderated panels, guest lectured at universities and spoken at events about her work and topics she covers. Olivia worked in New York City for a number of years, before relocating to the West Coast.