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.

U awarded $66M to study drug treatments for future pandemics

Research seeks to hasten development of antivirals that came belatedly against COVID-19 but have helped reduce the pandemic's severity.

New state breakthrough COVID data backs boosters' protection

Analysis for the first time compares COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths by detailed vaccination status.

COVID-19 levels up 58% in Twin Cities wastewater in past week

Latest sewage sampling also finds rising levels of new coronavirus omicron subvariants that have increased COVID-19 levels elsewhere.

More Minnesota counties have high COVID-19 levels but milder cases

Long-term care facility infections are up while reported outbreaks in K-12 schools and colleges remain lower.

Teen's month-long hospital stay underscores challenges facing children in crisis

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New COVID-19 variants of concern found in Minnesota

The BA.4 and BA.5 variants present concerns because they caused outbreaks in a highly immunized population in South Africa.

Mental health workers set one-day strike at Allina, Fairview hospitals

Safety is a priority for newly unionized workers, along with benefits to stop people from leaving the profession.

Hospitalizations, COVID wastewater levels creeping up in Minnesota

COVID-19 hospitalizations are rising along with infection numbers, but some involve patients with mild or asymptomatic cases.

Kids in crisis being dropped at the ER doors overwhelm Mpls. hospital

Masonic Children's created a makeshift holding unit in an ambulance bay to try and meet the demand.

368 COVID-19 hospitalizations reported in state as cases rise

Increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations comes amid substantial growth in coronavirus infections in Minnesota.