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Jennifer Oldham is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter with an eye for agenda-setting enterprise, narrative and investigative stories chronicling newfound trends in business, economic inequality, education, energy, the environment, government, housing, policy, politics, social justice and women's and gay rights.
As a Denver-based freelance journalist, Jennifer Oldham traveled to New Jersey for Harvard-based EducationNext magazine for an exclusive look at how teams of educators determine whether an urban school district merited accreditation. Oldham traversed Colorado to report little-known environmental enterprise for the Washington Post, including how a lack of fire bombers are imperiling lives, how hail storms are wreaking destruction on par with hurricanes and how the federal government is pushing an unusual logging plan to rid Wyoming’s forests of millions of beetle-kill trees. Oldham wrote a series of pieces for Slate Magazine and the Pacific Standard documenting economic inequality in Denver, one of the nation's fastest-growing cities. Her work also appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books and the Denver Business Journal. She edited complex narratives that appeared in the New York Times and on Public Radio International as part of a New America series on how to quantify unpaid care.
As a national correspondent at Bloomberg News, Jennifer Oldham criss-crossed Alaska with Governor Bill Walker in a state trooper plane for a Businessweek profile, visited the westernmost point in the United States -- on Kauai -- for an exclusive on the birthplace of gay rights, tramped through the tick-infested Allegheny National Forest on a hunt for abandoned oil and gas wells. Her willingness to go beyond offices and conference rooms brings stories to life, whether it's flying to spend a day reporting in Bethel, Alaska, a town only accessible by air and boat which boasts more cabbies than any other U.S. city, or riding straight up Copper Mountain on the back of a snowmobile behind a ski patrolwoman in the sub-zero, pre-dawn hours to measure snowfall, or spending six days with a long-haul trucker. She won the National Association of Real Estate Editor's silver award for online reporting for a piece on the real estate crisis in North Dakota's man camps in 2016 and shared an Economic Journalism Award for Excellence in Economic Reporting from the Institute on Political Journalism and a first place citation from the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club in 2013 for the series "America's Great State Payroll Giveaway".
As a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, Jennifer Oldham undertook a months-long investigation that documented how defective attic furnaces caused scores of fires, prompting the Consumer Product Safety Commission to recall 30,000 of the appliances. She wrote more than 1,000 stories in her 15 years at the newspaper, pioneered coverage of Los Angeles International Airport, including a series of stories that led to the reconstruction of runways on the facility's south side and shared in Pulitzer Prizes in 2004 and 1995 for coverage of devastating urban fires and the Northridge earthquake.
As a freelancer, Jennifer Oldham shared first prize for investigative reporting in 2011 from the Education Writers Association for the USA Today series "Testing the System" as part of a body of work she did for The Hechinger Report. Her stories also appeared in Delta's Sky Magazine, McClatchy Company newspapers and Aol.
Jennifer Oldham is an avid runner, skier and yoga enthusiast.