Reel Youth - Filmmaking with a Purpose
Olga George is a native of the island of St. Croix, part of the United States Virgin Islands. She came to the mainland to continue her education and decided to stay, although at times the cold winter weather prompts her to re-think that decision. Olga is an assignment desk editor at KDKA-TV 2. Her responsibilities include filtering all the stories coming into the newsroom, then assigning those stories to reporters and photographers. She works with in-house management and producers to coordinate every aspect of KDKA's coverage, from confirming breaking news to the logistics of getting crews to the scene and the stories on the air. She also works with CBS News to feed local stories of national interest to The Early Show, CBS Evening News, and affiliates all across the country.
During Black History Month, Olga assumes responsibility for producing and writing KDKA-TV's African-American History month pieces, a series of eight two-minute vignettes that showcase some of the outstanding people, places and things about the African-American community in Pittsburgh. Her second job away from KDKA-TV was at WQED-TV 13, where she was the producer of the award-winning weekly series Black Horizons for four years. Olga produced or co-produced several documentaries for WQED, most notably: Emmy winning "Flyboys: Western Pennsylvania's Tuskegee Airmen", Emmy nominated PA Barbershop and "Jim Crow Pennsylvania."
Olga is a graduate of Point Park University with a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Communication. Her broadcast experience also includes a stint as a radio news reporter for WAMO. Olga also taught Electronic News Gathering and Reporting at her Alma Mater. An avid believer in giving back to the community, Olga is the co-director of the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation Frank Bolden Urban Journalism Workshop, a program that guides aspiring young journalists on how to become how to become professionals in the broadcast and print fields. She loves to cook and enjoys doing so before an audience and showed it by winning the GoodTaste Pittsburgh Food Star's Golden Spatula. She was also chosen as one of the top 100 home cooks for the Fox television show MasterChef Season 4. She was chosen as one of the New Pittsburgh Courier's 40 under 40 and Women of Excellence 2013.
Olga is Pittsburgh Black Media Federations co-director of the Frank Bolden Urban Journalism Workshop and the organizations former treasurer. She is also the media relations liaison for New Horizon Theater, a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, and a board member of the Press Club, and Fairview Park.
Having survived cancer three times, she is especially dedicated to informing, assisting, motivating other survivors. Olga worked at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers public affairs office while attending Point Park University and upon graduation went to work at WPXI-Channel 11 as an assignment desk editor/writer. After working at the NBC affiliate for two and a half years, she was asked by CBS O&O to come aboard, where she has worked for nearly 22 years.