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- Ryan Olson
The ULTIMATE SACRIFICE
Breaking news: This Oct. 22, 2003 story started out the
night before when I received a phone call from a North Carolina
newspaper reporter seeking information. What followed was an overnight
effort by myself and a colleague to find local connections to Staff
Sgt. Paul J. Johnson's life although he moved from the area five
Tech shocker: School
will drop football
Breaking news: I found out that Michigan Tech University
was canceling its football program about three hours before press
time on March 18, 2003. I contacted several players who detailing
their morning workout where coaches told them the news.
This story was the first in a series which won a first-place
award from the Michigan Associated Press Editorial Association in
sports enterprise reporting. The complete series can be found here.
MTU alumni want
Enterprise reporting: A follow-up to the original story,
this March 24,2003 piece provides an update while looking in-depth
at how university athletics is funded. The complete series, which
won a first-place award from the Michigan Associated Press Editorial
Association, can be found here.
Cops and courts: The story looks at the events leading up
to a fatal hit-and-run accident that killed a university student
based on witness testimony during the defendant's preliminary hearing.
The story was published on Dec. 4, 2003.
Ice fishing for fun,
Features: The story, published on Feb. 23, 2004, looks at
the camaraderie of old friends taking part in their annual tradition
of ice fishing.
Public service: I initiated the story to take a closer look
at a university board member who failed to attend a meeting during
his first year in office. The official later resigned. The story
was published on Dec. 12, 2004.
A year later,
deadly blaze recalled
News: This Aug. 22, 2003 story marked the anniversary of
a fraternity fire that claimed the life of one university student.
During the year that followed, city officials launched a massive
campaign to update housing codes as a result of the fire. I spearheaded
the idea to look back at what had changed -- from fire safety to
fraternity members to firefighters. This is my contribution to a
Breaking news: The university senate released the vote results
about 90 minutes before press time on Dec. 19, 2003. The story includes
interviews with the university and senate presidents discussing
the results. The story includes sources considering the vote's impact
on the university.
Head of the Class
Education: This Nov. 7, 2003 story details local and statewide
results of a standardized high school test. The story includes comments
from school administrators, board members and parents on the importance
of such testing.
Local pasty to be Arnolds
Features: The story takes a closer look at the traditional
wager between politicians during professional sports championships.
The story was published on June 17, 2004.