Diana Olick is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, currently serving as CNBC's real estate correspondent as well as the author of the Realty Check section on CNBC.com, which won the Gracie Award for "Outstanding Blog" in 2015. She also contributes her real estate expertise to NBC's "Today" and "NBC Nightly News."
Prior to joining CNBC in 2002, Olick spent seven years as a correspondent for CBS News.
Olick began her career as a local news reporter at WABI-TV in Bangor, Maine; WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids, Mich.; and KIRO-TV in Seattle. She joined CBS in 1994 as a New York-based correspondent for the "CBS Evening News with Dan Rather" and "The Early Show." She also contributed pieces to "48 Hours" and "Sunday Morning." During that time, she covered such stories as the World Trade Center conspiracy trial and the Boston abortion clinic shooting.
In 1995, Olick was assigned to cover the Midwest as a Dallas bureau correspondent. In the three years she was there, she covered all forms of natural disaster, including the crash of TWA Flight 800, the JonBenet Ramsey murder mystery and was the exclusive correspondent for the trial of Oklahoma City bomber Terry Nichols. During that time, she also took a temporary assignment in CBS' Moscow bureau, where she chronicled the brief presidential campaign of Mikhail Gorbachev.
In 1998, Olick was reassigned to the New York bureau and then immediately posted to Bahrain for the buildup to a possible second Gulf War. A year later, she went to Albania to cover the U.S. military buildup during the conflict in Kosovo.
Upon her return, Olick was reassigned to CBS' Washington bureau and the Capitol Hill beat. During Campaign 2000, Olick covered the Senate campaign of First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and later joined the Bush campaign as a special correspondent for "The Early Show." That fall, she was named Supreme Court correspondent; her first case was Bush v. Gore.
Olick has a B.A. in comparative literature with a minor in soviet studies from Columbia College in New York and a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.
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Ok, now that my eyes are blurry and my head is spinning, I realize that all the details the Treasury Department gave today make this plan sound far more complicated than even I imagined. Not only is this a case by case analysis of many different facets of a borrower's credit-worthiness, it also requires each and every borrower to contact their lender on their own.
I was reading the report from the Mortgage Bankers Association this morning on delinquencies and foreclosures. None of it was particularly unexpected, but I was struck by one aspect, and that is the amount of prime loans that are going into foreclosure.
While many of you were reading the morning blogs, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson was up on Capitol Hill, trying to sell his “teaser freezer” plan to House Republicans. He didn’t give a lot more details than we already know, but the common leakage out there is that it will be a five year freeze on subprime mortgages only for those who can currently pay their mortgages but can’t when the rate resets.
I want to thank President Bush for clearing up a few things this morning at his news conference: 1) that the mortgage industry is, “a more complex industry than we’ve had in the past” and 2) that “we shouldn’t bail out lenders, and so, in other words, that we shouldn’t be using taxpayers’ money…”
Forgive me if I'm all thumbs and short thoughts today as I'm blogging by B'berry from the big housing conference in Washington, DC. So far I've heard Countrywide's Angelo Mozilo argue with Robert Toll over what's to blame for the housing problem, poor liquidity or bad lending standards (you can guess who was on which side).
Here's the last series of emails I'll post on the reaction I got on the subprime interest rate freeze idea. Thanks to everyone who's been writing in. It's meant a lot to hear from you. Gina: I hate to see people lose their homes - but if they get an interest rate break THEN THE REST OF US SHOULD ALSO.
More of your email replies to the subprime loan interest rate freeze: Maria L: Wow! Health care is taboo for this administration, but we'll prop up incompetent lenders and borrowers. Brett P.: Remember when Congress used to pass laws "that were equally applicable to every person"? Me neither.
I'm hearing from so many of you about the idea of freezing some subprime loans. Keep your emails coming in. Here's a sample of what I've gotten so far: What's next? People who lose a certain amount of money in casino's get a tax credit for the losses?
Unless you were trapped under something heavy this morning, you’ve probably heard about the Treasury Dept.’s impending deal with major lenders to freeze interest rates on certain subprime loans. This is all coming out of the “Hope Now” alliance, which was originally launched by Henry Paulson and designed to get lenders in better communication with borrowers.
I realize I’ve been on TV all day today talking about the New Home Sales data from the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, so it’s probably unfair of me to say it doesn’t matter, but the October numbers really don’t. What matter are the revisions, that is the changes in the September numbers.