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. Olivia was one of the first people hired to build ABC’s national digital video unit in New York, and she is now the point person for original digital video content on the West Coast.
While at ABC, Olivia has created, hosted and anchored different series, including a live stream series called Healthy Living, and an interactive quiz show called Know The News. She 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 also helped produce one of the first series for Facebook Watch.
HONORS & AWARDS
Olivia co-produced a documentary, Dead Horse Bay, which was the first-ever piece to be nominated and to win an Emmy Awardfor ABC News National’s digital unit. During her time at the digital unit, ABCNews.com was awarded the Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Website.
A California native, Olivia began her journalism career at 15 with a front-page exposé for her town newspaper about a rat problem at the local high school. She wrote a weekly column on world issues for the paper as well. Olivia was also the Editor-in-Chief of her high school newspaper.
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 on a mysterious food allergy. One of her investigative, environmental pieces was featured at the program’s first Innovation Showcase.
Olivia earned her bachelor’s degree from New York University, where she studied communications and liberal arts. During her time at NYU, Olivia wrote for the school paper as well as literary and poetry magazines. She also spent a semester living abroad in Paris, France.
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 Los Angeles.