Olivia Steen joined the FOX8 team in August 2018 as a reporter.
Before heading to the Triad, she worked as a bureau multimedia journalist for two years in Huntsville, Alabama, at WHNT. Her journalism career began in Tallahassee, Florida, at WTXL, where she started as a photographer.
The Georgia native cultivated her passion for journalism at Valdosta State University in South Georgia, where she received a BFA in Mass Media. She was actively involved in the university’s news production, as well as serving as a photographer for the campus’ video production service.
Olivia is a part of the National Association of Black Journalists and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Outside of serving the Triad, she enjoys spending most of her free time outdoors, whether that’s hiking or taking nature shots with her Canon. You can also catch her at any event related to the arts.
If you have any tips, story ideas or even a good recipe; you can reach her by email or on Twitter @OSteenNews.
LEXINGTON, N.C. — “My City, I Count” is Lexington’s new slogan for its 2020 census campaign. Local leaders want people to be more active in next year’s population count. “Taking a look at our past census, we’ve recognized that historically we’ve been undercounted by one third,” Mayor Newell Clark said. Previous inaccurate census counts have cost Lexington some major cash. “For us, as a municipality, it’s been close to $6.5 million,” Clark said. This is why city leaders are doing […]
ASHEBORO, N.C. — Asheboro Recreation Services officially finished its first recreation center in downtown and is now looking forward to their next project: the Zoo City Sportsplex. “Things are going great and looking up. We are very excited about all of these new possibilities as programmers,” said Jody Maness of the department. There will be guided tours and walkthroughs of the brand new facility on Friday night at 6 p.m. Several sports programs and activities will be hosted here. “It […]
HIGH POINT, N.C. — The Salvation Army of High Point’s Center of Hope family center is reopening Tuesday. The center had to shut down in August when heavy rain flooded the building. The damage has been cleaned up and a grand opening took place Tuesday morning. The center will also start accepting families who need a place to stay again. A main worker on the project says it took 4 months to get the center repaired. Fourteen more beds and […]
ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — A raging fire destroyed a Rockingham County home Sunday night. Crews responded to large flames and heavy smoke pouring out of a house on Cross Key Road in Reidsville around 5 p.m. Neighbors said the sight was unimaginable. “I looked through the woods from my driveway, and I could see the flames,” said Pastor Heath Lloyd of Fairview Baptist Church. Flames consumed the entire house. Rockingham County fire officials said several crews around the Monroeton area […]
THOMASVILLE, N.C. — Davidson County Transitional Services is working to open up a home for men coming out of incarceration. “Just because you’ve made a bad decision or had a bad season in your life, you’re not a bad person,” said Wendy Sellers, the volunteer director. They want to house 12 to 16 men with the hope of giving them the support they need during a nine-month program to reenter back into society. “We’ll offer financial literacy, budgeting, anger management […]
MOCKSVILLE, N.C. — Members of a Mocksville church congregation continue to wait on construction, months after lightning struck their sanctuary, setting it on fire. For six months, Smith Grove United Methodist Church cleaned up the pieces of what was left behind. Flames covered the roof on the morning of June 18, scorching pews and Bibles. The entire sanctuary was destroyed by the flames and the efforts to put them out. “There was water in here just about ankle deep,” Pastor […]
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Leaders of Winston Salem want to bring you more jobs with higher wages. The focus is to develop areas near Smith Reynolds Airport and Whitaker Park into business districts. Many of the lots surrounding Smith Reynolds Airport, Liberty Street and Akron Drive are either empty or up for sale. “Both of those areas are under-utilized,” said Steve Smotherman, city planner. That’s why Winston-Salem city leaders are working on a plan to breathe life into these areas. “With […]
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A drive-by shooting repeatedly hit a Winston-Salem home while two women were inside, according to Winston-Salem police. At about 4 a.m. Wednesday, officers responded to a shooting on the 2900 block of Gilmer Street. Gunfire hit the home four times. Two women were inside, but no one was injured. FOX8 spoke to the 65-year-old woman who lives in the home. She said she hopes the police will handle the situation. Many of the neighbors living in the […]
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the National Shooting Sports Foundations announced a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for the armed robbery of Pawn Way Pawn Shop on East Cone Boulevard Wednesday evening, according to an ATF news release. ATF is offering a reward of up to $5,000, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total reward of up to $10,000. Investigators say the […]
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Greensboro police are searching for the men who stole several firearms from Pawn Way Pawn Shop on East Cone Boulevard Wednesday evening. Investigators say the suspect got away with a stockpile of firearms. “Anytime we have a federal firearm license dealers burglarized or robbed, we always go in and investigate it,” said Gerod King, of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Police teamed up with the ATF to work to track down the suspects as […]
GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Guilford County School Board passed a new injury and loss prevention policy during Tuesday night’s meeting. This comes a week after a chemistry class explosion injured Western Guilford High School student Aimee Green. The health and safety leadership team will operate under three injury and loss prevention efforts. The first is accident and injury investigation, which will develop a protocol that will address any injuries that occur while students, staff or visitors are on the grounds. […]
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — African-American history is rooted deep in Winston-Salem streets. The launch of the African-American Heritage Action Initiative will capture those stories and record them. “The businesses and just how we did things and how we achieved in an oppressive environment,” said Annette Scippio, on Winston Salem City Council. She said the goal is to inspire people of all ages and educate them. “Also to determine how the history of African-Americans in Winston-Salem will be melded in the permanent […]