Warren Olney IV

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Warren Olney IV is an American broadcast journalist. He is the host and executive producer of the nationally syndicated Public Radio International weekday afternoon program To the Point, which originates at Santa Monica, California public radio station KCRW. The daily program will end on November 10, 2017. As of November 13, To the Point will be a weekly podcast heard exclusively on KCRW's digital platforms.[1] From 1992 to January 2016, Olney hosted KCRW's local public affairs show, Which Way, L.A.?[2]

Olney received a BA in English at Amherst College and taught broadcast journalism at USC from 1976 to 1982.[3] At various times from 1966 to 1991, he was a television news anchor and/or reporter for Washington D.C. station WTOP-TV, Los Angeles stations KCBS-Channel 2, KNBC-Channel 4, KABC-Channel 7 and KCOP-Channel 13, as well as engaging in many other print and broadcast journalist duties.[4] He is the only two-time winner of the Los Angeles Society of Professional Journalists Distinguished Journalist award, which has been presented annually since 1976. He received it in 1985 for his work with KABC-TV and in 1998 for his work with KCRW.

Olney has four children from three marriages, including two from his first marriage, which ended in divorce. He also has four grandchildren.[4]

In January 2012, Olney was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 62nd annual Golden Mike Awards ceremony held by the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California. His father, Warren Olney III, was an attorney,[5] and his grandfather, Warren Olney Jr., was a Justice of the California Supreme Court.


  1. ^ http://www.laweekly.com/news/warren-olneys-to-the-point-to-leave-the-airwaves-8567859
  2. ^ Mitchell, Sean (July 16, 2009). "Still wondering, 'Which Way, L.A.?' - Born after the '92 riots, Warren Olney's KCRW talk show continues to ask the hard questions",Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on July 28, 2009.
  3. ^ http://www.kcrw.com/people/warren-olney
  4. ^ a b Mitchell, Sean (May 8, 1994). "RADIO - Leading L.A. to the Light - After two years, TV news refugee Warren Olney reflects on his reborn career and the unexpected clout of 'Which Way, L.A.?'",Los Angeles Times; retrieved July 28, 2009.
  5. ^ Stein, Miriam F.; Fry, Amelia R. (1981). Law enforcement and judicial administration in the Earl Warren era : oral history transcript of interview with Warren Olney III. Berkeley, CA: Regional Oral History Office, Bancroft Library, University of California. p. 1. Retrieved June 30, 2017.

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