Olivia Suarez is a  journalism graduate at the University of Texas at Austin. She recently worked as the Social Media Director for ScreenSlam, an entertainment news outlet based in Los Angeles, California as part of her internship for the university's Semester in Los Angeles Program. She reported stories based on the latest entertainment trades and shared them onto ScreenSlam's social media pages. Olivia also conducted red carpet and sit-down interviews with celebrities like Ginnifer Goodwin and The Backstreet Boys and live-blogged at special events like the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards, 67th Directors Guild Awards, and 87th Academy Awards.   

 

Olivia's additional past experience includes being the Entertainment Director for Texas Student Television (TSTV), the only FCC-licensed student-run television station in the country. Olivia worked as the Executive Producer for Sneak Peek, the entertainment news show at TSTV. In addition to reviewing live segments for the show (as Live Segment Director from 2013-2014), she dedicated her Thursday nights on the show by discussing the latest in movies, music, fashion, celebrities, hosting, producing live segments, constructing video packages, floor-directing, and operating the camera. She served as a red carpet correspondent, interviewing actors among the likes of James Franco, Josh Duhamel, Chad Michael Murray, Jason Bateman, Snoop Dogg, Justin Long, and directors, and producers at both the Austin Film Festival (AFF) and South by Southwest Film (SXSW) Festival. She has also interned at KABB FOX 29 San Antonio, the FOX-affiliate news station her father worked at nearly 17 years ago.

 

Her journalism aspirations stem from watching her father work as a sports and news broadcaster in San Antonio. She felt so captivated by the stories he would cover, some including the SuperBowl and the NBA Finals. As she grew older, she became fascinated with entertainment coverage, and over the years developed the dream of being a celebrity journalist in Los Angeles. Olivia's goal is to transform the way these stories are being reported: less tabloid, and more professional coverage. She hopes to work for a broadcast entertainment news show, produce documentary films, and become a freelance writer for various entertainment-based magazines in the near future; also knowing that her experience at UT will help make her dream into a reality.