Diana Olick

CNBC Real Estate Reporter

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. She also contributes her real estate expertise to NBC's "Today" and "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams."

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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  • Citibank And Freezing HELOCs: A First Hand Account Monday, 21 Apr 2008 | 12:51 PM ET

    I've heard a lot anecdotally about home equity lines being frozen for no apparent reason, so when I got this email from Charles in Chicago, I just had to post it. Citibank actually lowered his line of credit to $116 below his current balance.

  • West Palm Beach Housing: A Tale Of "Two" Cities Friday, 18 Apr 2008 | 12:43 PM ET
    West Palm Beach

    On TV today I’m telling the story of the city of West Palm Beach’s effort to save troubled borrowers. They’ve pulled together about a million dollars from a fund that was supposed to be for affordable housing as well as some HUD money, and opened a foreclosure assistance center right downtown.

  • Home Builders Hit By Credit Crunch "Hammer" Too Thursday, 17 Apr 2008 | 12:10 PM ET
    Credit Crunch

    While some of you may wonder why a home builder would even want to hammer a nail these days, they do still need to stay in business, and their business is to build. That said, there is new concern from builders today that the credit crunch on Wall Street is hitting small builders where they live, or at least where they want you to live.