Emmy Award-Winning Journalist • Expert Digital & Visual Storyteller
Host & Producer • Adjunct Professor • Media Consultant • Nutrition Specialist
AT A GLANCE
Olivia Smith is an Emmy award-winning, multi-platform journalist based in Los Angeles. She is a Reporter/Producer at ABC News National and Good Morning America Digital, where she creates original videos and content across all media platforms. Olivia covers a wide range of topics, from feature stories to breaking news, and specializes in culture, lifestyle, health and wellness reporting. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and she is a Certified Nutrition Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Olivia is a content creator with extensive experience of 10+ years in print, broadcast, multimedia and digital journalism, as well as with local, national and international reporting. She has worked on stories for several media organizations throughout her career, including CNN, CNNMoney, 60 Minutes, Al Jazeera, NY1 News and the Columbia Journalism Review.
CURRENTLY AT ABC NEWS & GMA
Olivia reports, hosts, presents, anchors, pitches, writes, shoots, edits and produces. She loves writing as much as she loves working with video. Olivia has reported live for ABC network television and special reports, and she is a correspondent across ABC’s digital platforms for live reports and segments.
Throughout her career at ABC, Olivia helped build two digital video teams from the start. She was one of the first people hired to the original video unit for national news, before moving on to her current role with Good Morning America. She joined the GMA video team from the beginning as well, helping to build and develop content for and through the digital platform’s launch. In addition, Olivia is also the point person for digital video on the West Coast, where she assists with breaking news as well as manages and supervises development and production to establish a presence and expand coverage. She also regularly trains network staff on digital video production techniques and social media.
Olivia regularly focuses on using innovative methods to create visual stories for digital audiences, and she has contributed to ABC shows. At times, she operates as a one-woman band, from pitching to shooting, editing, reporting and producing her own stories. Olivia does everything from in-depth magazine-style and documentary pieces to experimenting with new technology for storytelling. She often leads coordinating and planning efforts on her team, oversees videos editorially and has developed and executed strategy for branded and sponsored content.
Olivia has created, hosted and anchored different series and video franchises, including a live stream show called Healthy Living, an Instagram Story series called On Trend, explainer videos on everyday oddities and health and science facts called Did You Know That? and an interactive quiz show called Know The News. She created and produced the investigative series Underground, which you can find on Hulu and OTT platforms along with other Digital Features. She also produced 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 Award for ABC News National’s digital unit. She has won an Emmy Award as part of the team at Good Morning America as well. Olivia was also nominated for an Emmy Award for team network coverage of the Solar Eclipse, where she was one of the television correspondents for the special report.
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 worked in New York City for a number of years, before relocating to Los Angeles. She teaches graduate and undergraduate journalism at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and she offers media consulting services.
Olivia has moderated panels, guest lectured at universities and spoken at events about her work and topics she covers. She has appeared on CBS News Sunday Morning to talk about social media, and she has been profiled by media outlets as well, including As Told By Women and Confessions of a Fit Chick.
When Olivia isn’t reporting, she’s most likely writing, traveling, exploring and staying active. She enjoys volunteer work and mentoring other journalists. Olivia is a member of the Online News Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Journalism & Women Symposium and the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators.