Patricia R. Olsen


Patricia Olsen, Journalist, Writer and Author

I love writing. My specialties are business and health, but many things spark my interest. I've written about everything from cellphone towers encroaching on residential neighborhoods for AARP, to a female deputy assistant prosecutor who tries murderers, for a college alumni magazine. I also write for custom publications and corporations, taking care not to blur the line between journalism and corporate writing.

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), discontinued since mid-October. I've interviewed so many memorable people, including Louis Rukeyser, Evan Williams (Twitter), Tony Hawk, and Alexandra Cousteau, to name a few. Occasionally people would say: "You must hear the most amazing stories." Truly, that doesn't begin to tell the half of it. Talking to these leaders was fascinating.

I also contributed to Preoccupations, a worklife column, and now I contribute to the Vocations column.

Search on my byline, Patricia R. Olsen, at to see hundreds of my articles in 10 different columns.
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.

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.


For almost ten years, I've written the front-of-book executive column in Family Business magazine, and until it was taken in-house in December, 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 families' experiences for a college planning website.


I occasionally blog for CEOs, 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
• profiles and Q&As.

Book Authoring

In 2008 I published Sober Siblings: How to Help Your Alcoholic Brother or Sister -- And Not Lose Yourself, with Dr. Petros Levounis, 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
An empowering, practical guide to help the brothers and sisters of alcoholics

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