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Diana Olick

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.

Follow Diana Olick on Twitter @Diana_olick.


  • Ameriquest Mortgage Company

    We do an awful lot of talking about how the real estate boom was fuelled by all those aggressive loans that many Americans claim they just plain didn’t understand. Well how about a little justice on this Friday the 13th? Many homeowners will begin receiving restitution claims next week from their attorneys general, all part of the $325 million settlement deal with Ameriquest Mortgage Corp.

  • A home is advertised for sale at a foreclosure auction in Pasadena, California.

    I want to address today’s report from RealtyTrac on the monthly foreclosure activity data, because I know there was a lot of criticism last month when we reported their really astonishing number--a year-over-year jump of 90% in foreclosure activity. The number is pretty close this month, foreclosure activity up 87% from last year, although it did fall 7% month-to-month, but you’d expect that given last month’s huge jump.

  • San Francisco

    Blog Alert: Tomorrow I'll be blogging on the monthly foreclosure figures from RealtyTrac. It looks like I have to talk about home prices again. Why? Because even after I’ve done umpteen reports on TV about prices, and blogged umpteen times about prices, the New York Times decides to go and do a piece on prices, and suddenly all my bosses think we’ve never covered it. (It’s typical NYT-itis--a problem I’ve found in all my jobs, from network to local to cable. If the NYT does it, despite the fact that I’ve done it before, I have to do it again..