Hanna Brooks Olsen

Writing, reporting, policy, dog stuff.

Curious gadabout, in Seattle by way of Oregon.
Smitten with a small dog and a well-crafted sentence.

I'm a freelance writer and reporter. I write about poverty and access, Seattle-area politics, sports, A&E,
health and beauty, lady issues, and basically anything that interests me.

Get at me. We'll probably be fast friends.

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New York Daily News

A warning from Seattle: What Long Island City and New York as a whole must learn now from...

Seattle is a changed place. New York could take a lesson.

Curbed Seattle

There's an abandoned bathroom under the Pioneer Square pergola

Even newcomers know about the silver cans that couldn't. A decade ago, the City of Seattle ended its brief, expensive experiment with public toilets. Widely regarded as an urban...

Bitch Media

Women Cult Leaders Hold an Insidious, Misunderstood Power

It's impossible to ignore the dark turn our popular media has taken. From podcasts about murders to documentaries about criminal cover-ups, creators have been scrounging into...

GOOD Magazine

In The Land Of Bill Gates, A Standoff Over Money For Schools

Zachary Warren spends a lot of his time thinking about chairs. Desk chairs, to be more specific. Though there's a range of chair sizes in the classroom where he's taught for...

Pacific Standard

Why Do Most Orca Pregnancies End in Miscarriage? Look Upstream.

Writing in 1916, conservationist John Muir noted that "there is not a 'fragment' in all nature, for every relative fragment of one thing is a full harmonious unit in itself." A...


Debunking The Myths Americans Believe About Immigration - And Themselves

First myth: The United States is better than this A recent headline about nearly 1,500 undocumented children who've been lost in the system has alarmed citizens and, in some...


Sicks' Stadium: How did 40 years of baseball history become a hardware store?

Redlining, civil neglect and big-league dreams let historic Sicks' Stadium fall to pieces.

Democracy Journal

Seattle's Creative Campaign Finance Reform

During the 2017 election cycle, which included races for City Council, school board, and the Mayor, the City of Seattle sent every registered voter-442,316 people in total-four...

The Atlantic

Homelessness and the Impossibility of a Good Night's Sleep

Sleeplessness contributes, popular science preaches, to obesity, diabetes, poor diet, and unproductiveness. And yet, even those of us who should have no problem logging a solid...

The Nation

For Female Football Players, It's Pay to Play (and Pray Someone Sees)

On a drizzling day last winter, Rebecca Samuelson drove from her job at Redfin, a technology startup in Seattle, about an hour south to a high-school football field in the city...

The Establishment

Single-Payer Health Care Must Come With Reproductive Coverage

If a single-payer plan doesn't protect abortion, we cannot call it universal. I n the wake of the GOP's recent and unflagging attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act -  an...

Real Change News

Gun violence and homelessness are top priorities - so why doesn't anyone ever connect them?

Homeless individuals are at outsized risk of being injured or killed by gun violence—not that you'd know it from the coverage or the policies.


America is for the rich: How we became a nation of "have nots"

This article originally appeared on The Daily Dot. After the #BlackMonday panic sent westward shockwaves last week, the stock market seems to be rebounding even further...


Wicca And Paganism Are So Much More Than A Pop-Culture Trend

Trendy Paganism focuses on crushed velvet, Oujia boards, and five-pointed stars - without considering the actual faith. E veryone has something about their upbringing that...


If Body Positivity Makes You Feel Worse, You're Not Alone

My body and I have had a tense relationship. But we're working on it! And part of that ~bonding process~ includes accepting it for what it is and not what I think it could be if...


Washington's Cannabis Law Is an Obstacle to Equity. It Doesn't Have to Be. | Leafly

Hanna Brooks Olsen is a writer and policy consultant living in Seattle. Her work has appeared in the Atlantic, the Nation, Salon, GOOD, HuffPost, Everyday Feminism, Bitch...

Seattle Weekly

Welcome to the Bliss Jungle | Seattle Weekly

Illustration by Joshua Boulet There's a dead end street in Shoreline with a construction site at the end. Like a lot of plots in the area, contractors are working to replace the...

Extra Crispy

The Double Bind of Free School Breakfast

Getting up before 8:00 a.m. wasn't something that came easily for my mom, so many mornings between kindergarten and the third grade, my older brother and woke to our own alarms,...

The Shocker

STEVE BANNON WEEK: Closing Time with Steve Bannon

I worked behind a bar long enough to know the difference between the fun ones and the mean ones. It's something in their posture-shoulders, elbows, the cock of the head-but...