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.

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  • Defying Gravity Tuesday, 17 Apr 2007 | 4:40 PM ET

    To say that the housing starts number from the U.S. Dept. of Commerce today defied the Street's expectations is simplification to the Nth degree. The starts number defies logic, and it defies common fiscal sense. To be fair, many of the experts I spoke with today wrote it off as a "fluke," and the Commerce Dept.'s number has a notoriously high margin of error, especially in the permits breakdown.

  • The Jury is In, The Bailout is Out Friday, 13 Apr 2007 | 5:20 PM ET

    You bloggers don’t mince words do you? First off, I want to thank all of you for writing in—a one day record for the Realty Check blog, 165 responses in one day and 9 more floating through the ether overnight (seriously, Jay J., what are you doing blogging at 1:21am???). I can’t possibly post all your responses, so I thought I would at least list some of the subject lines ...

  • Condos: It’s not a Subprime Scenario Friday, 13 Apr 2007 | 4:55 PM ET

    I was reading an article from last weekend’s Washington Post (sue me, it’s been a busy week) about Condos feeling the “Mortgage Crunch.” The article explains how condos are bearing the brunt of defaults and foreclosures because condo fees are going unpaid and condo associations are being forced to dip into reserves to make repairs like fixing the roof or replacing the water heater.