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Lisa Olson Biography

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1964-

American sports journalist

Lisa Olson sent the arena of sports journalism spinning when she reported a harrowing incident she experienced when interviewing a player in the locker room in 1990. Her strong sense of righteousness allowed her to stand up and take note. This was not acceptable behavior and Olson wanted to make sure her attackers knew it, as well as the rest of the world. Unfortunately her world was turned upside down as a result of her actions. Although Olson was a victim of her circumstance, many believe she forged the way for other female journalists, giving them a voice for what they had quietly endured for years.

Lisa Olson

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