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Patricia Olsen, Journalist, Writer and Author


I love writing. My specialties are business and health, but I've written about everything from cellphone towers encroaching on residential neighborhoods for AARP, to a female deputy assistant prosecutor who tries murderers.

For the last 14 years, I've been freelancing for the business section of The New York Times. One of my favorite columns was The Boss (on Sundays), now discontinued . I've interviewed so many memorable people, including Evan Williams (Twitter), Tony Hawk, and Alexandra Cousteau, to name a few. Occasionally people will say: "You must hear the most amazing stories." That doesn't begin to tell the half of it. Talking to these leaders was fascinating.

I also contributed to Preoccupations, a worklife column, now authored by the experts themselves. Currently I contribute to the Vocations column and I write Workspace, a photo essay relating to how successful people organize their offices.

Search on my byline, Patricia R. Olsen, at www.nytimes.com to see hundreds of my articles in more than 10 different columns.

I also write for custom publications and corporations, taking care not to blur the line between journalism and corporate writing.

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Here’s what one reader said:
I am writing to tell you how much your writing style - at least in The Boss column - reminds me of reading Studs Terkel's Working. I devoured Working when I first encountered it and thus have a pleasant connection whenever I read one of your features on Sunday.
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Publication Credits

Magazines and newspapers in which my work has appeared include Continental, Neurology Now, Diabetic Living, the Alzheimer’s Foundation magazine, Remedy, USA Weekend, ForbesLife Executive Woman, Business Traveler, The Waldorf Astoria Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle magazine, Family Circle, and MORE.

I've also contributed to websites such as Princeton University and The Ladders, and to alumni magazines such as Stanford Business School and Dartmouth.

Columns

For almost ten years, I've written the front-of-book executive column in Family Business magazine, and for 10 years I wrote the executive column in On Wall Street magazine.

I've written a monthly small business column for a custom publisher, and I write a column featuring parents' experiences for a college planning website.

Blogging

I occasionally blog for CEOs and other executives, and currently I blog for two addiction treatment centers.

Business/​Corporate Writing

My specialties include:
• web content
• newsletter articles
• white papers
• policies and procedures
• As Told To's
• opeds
• profiles and Q&As.

Book Authoring

In 2008 I published Sober Siblings: How to Help Your Alcoholic Brother or Sister -- And Not Lose Yourself (DaCapo Lifelong), with Dr. Petros Levounis, M.D., which is available on Amazon. I'm available for co-authoring or ghostwriting others' books, and I write book proposals as well.

Featured Writing

Newspaper/Web writing
Magazine writing
Columns
Nonfiction/Self-help
An empowering, practical guide to help the brothers and sisters of alcoholics

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