Media Advocate Featured

9:57am EDT July 22, 2002

Thomas Olson will be the first to tell you he has never thought of himself as a business advocate. He simply wants to make sure business people get enough good information to make the right decisions in business. And that, of course, is exactly why he was named the 1999 SBA Small Business Media Advocate.

Olson, 42, has been writing about business most of his 20 years as a journalist. However, as a child of the Nixon era and Watergate, he says he had every intention of becoming a political writer as he was earning his Master’s degree in journalism at Northwestern University. Then he got a taste of business journalism.

“To my surprise and delight, I found that it was actually interesting, and I kind of got hooked,” Olson says.

He came to Pittsburgh roughly eight years ago and served for a number of years as the banking and finance reporter at the Pittsburgh Business Times. He currently is a business reporter for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, covering both small and large businesses and the issues that affect them.

“A lot of what I write is hopefully useful to people – and instructive,” Olson says of his role as a journalist, almost uncomfortable with the notion of ‘advocate.’ “But in the greater context, I suppose I am an advocate of business.”

And so he is.