A University of St. Thomas graduate, Olson completed fellowships at the Kaiser Family Foundation, Poynter Institute and New York Times. Honors include a Premack Public Affairs award for scrutinizing a schizophrenia drug trial, a SABEW award for uncovering abuses of meatpackers, and a Casey Medal for examining deaths in foster care. His Pulitzer-winning series on child care led to a decline in child deaths. Olson and his family live in Edina.

Severe COVID-19, flu cases decline, easing pressure on Minnesota hospitals

The state-run COVID-19 St. Paul testing site shuts down Friday, followed by closures this weekend in Duluth, Brooklyn Park and at MSP.

Licensing delays are worsening Minnesota's nurse shortage

Nursing school graduates have jobs lined up, but have to wait months to take required licensing exams.

Medical spending in Minnesota rebounded in 2021

Suspension of non-urgent procedures and fear of COVID-19 reduced medical usage in 2020, but spending on delayed care surged in 2021.

University of Minnesota settles lawsuit in case of doctor acquitted of sexual assault

The doctor no longer works at the hospital, and his temporary license as a Minnesota medical resident has expired.

Minnesota could search sewage for all viruses, not just COVID-19

University of Minnesota research emerges as national scientific group backs broader wastewater surveillance, points to ethical issues.

New variants show little impact so far on COVID trends in state

Neither COVID-19 nor flu numbers have surged in Minnesota after the holidays, defying seasonal patterns.

Actors train Minnesota medical providers to avoid racial bias

Live-action simulation by Children's Minnesota seeks to remedy cause of poor health outcomes in minority patients.

Minnesota snuffed measles clusters in 2022, but risks remain

Declining MMR vaccination rates have created pockets in the state where the infectious disease can spread.

Pediatric vaccinations decline in Minnesota amid COVID-19, parent hesitancy

The decline is another impact of a pandemic that has now caused more than 14,000 COVID-19 deaths in Minnesota.

A new drug aims to delay diabetes, and child in Minnesota is among the first to try it

Screening can identify kids falling into Type 1 diabetes, and now there is a drug to do something about it.