Hanna Brooks Olsen

Arts and Entertainment Reporter

Hanna Brooks Olsen
Hanna Brooks Olsen
Arts and Entertainment Reporter
Hanna Brooks Olsen is an arts and entertainment reporter for KOMONews.com. She's been working in media since she was 13 years old and working on an AM radio station located inside the closet in her middle school computer lab in Eugene, Oregon. Her mother loves to tell that story.

In previous positions, she's worked as a freelance journalist, an advertising copywriter, an editor, a public radio intern, a cocktail waitress, a barista, a janitor, and a grocery store courtesy clerk. She is a graduate of Western Washington University.

When she's not on the job, she enjoys reading, taking her dog for leisurely walks, exploring Seattle's night life with her very-patient friends, and getting overly involved in civic activities. Once, she rode in a helicopter and that was nice.

Recent stories by Hanna Brooks Olsen

Local Wall of Shame: The worst food donated to Northwest Harvest Wall of Shame: The worst food donated to Northwest Harvest (Photo Gallery)
Every day in our community, people struggle with hunger; one in four children live in food-unstable households. But with help from volunteers and donors, the folks at Northwest Harvest give away millions of pounds of food each year.

All donations, however, are not created equally.
Around the Sound Charles Bradley, Damien Jurado top the first half of Timber! Fest's lineup Charles Bradley, Damien Jurado top the first half of Timber! Fest's lineup
With big acts like funk/R&B legend Charles Bradley and Seattle indie rock folk hero Damien Jurado on the bill, it's hard to believe that this is only Timber! Outdoor Music Festival's second year. Though, to be fair, the lineup announced this morning -- which is just half of the acts that have been confirmed -- is technically their third.
Sports Hawks-themed food is NW way of celebrating Super Bowl Hawks-themed food is NW way of celebrating Super Bowl
Rooting for the Hawks is enough to make even the most hardcore Hawks fan work up a powerful appetite -- and Northwest companies are getting creative and cashing in on the region's collective hunger for gridiron glory (and food) by dishing out specialty, limited-time offers, ranging from blue-and-green chips to Skittles-laced sausage.

If you're ready to spring into Feast Mode this weekend, here's where:
Around the Sound Colorful Hawks-themed foods are the NW way of celebrating Super Bowl Colorful Hawks-themed foods are the NW way of celebrating Super Bowl
Rooting for the Hawks is enough to make even the most hardcore Hawks fan work up a powerful appetite -- and Northwest companies are getting creative and cashing in on the region's collective hunger for gridiron glory (and food) by dishing out specialty, limited-time offers, ranging from blue-and-green chips to Skittles-laced sausage.

If you're ready to spring into Feast Mode this weekend, here's where:
Around the Sound Dave Matthews announces huge summer tour, including Gorge stops Dave Matthews announces huge summer tour, including Gorge stops
The Dave Matthews Band will hit the road for a 40-stop tour of the United States this summer, including their traditional three-night engagement at the Gorge Ampitheater in Eastern Washington. The tour will focus on the band's expansive career of recording, and include an acoustic set of older songs.

Called "A Very Special Evening With Dave Matthews Band," each performance will include two sets, and will highlight a variety of artists, including guitarist Tim Reynolds.
Around the Sound Cataldo's Eric Anderson grows up with powerful new album Cataldo's Eric Anderson grows up with powerful new album
In previous years, it might have been easy, though inaccurate, to lump Cataldo creator and frontman Eric Anderson into the broad category of "Seattle musicians with guitars who play music about feelings." But with Cataldo's forthcoming fourth album, "Gilded Oldies," Anderson breaks far from that archetype to create a record that is more mature, both in substance and style.
Around the Sound The Head and the Heart, Brandi Carlile record love songs for forthcoming Starbucks album The Head and the Heart, Brandi Carlile record love songs for forthcoming Starbucks album
Two local acts will be featured on a forthcoming Valentine's Day-themed album released by Starbucks. Brandi Carlile The Head and the Heart will both have tracks on "Sweetheart 2014," a 13-track album of covers of famous loves songs, which also includes performances from Fiona Apple, Vampire Weekend and Sharon Jones.
Around the Sound 'Tis the season: PNB celebrates its 30th 'Nutcracker' 'Tis the season: PNB celebrates its 30th 'Nutcracker' (Photo Gallery) (Video)
When approached with the idea, Maurice Sendak wasn't so sure about collaborating with Pacific Northwest Ballet's founding artistic director and choreographer Kent Stowell on a rendition of E.T.A. Hoffman's "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King." Now, decades later, the unique production has become a Seattle-area holiday tradition, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.
Around the Sound SMooCH brings musicians together to benefit Children's Hospital SMooCH brings musicians together to benefit Children's Hospital (Photo Gallery)
On December 14, musicians like the Helio Sequence and Allen Stone will gather to play a benefit show for Seattle Children's Hospital. The funds from the show will directly benefit uncompensated care at the Hospital, whose mission statement includes helping children regardless of their family's ability to pay for the cost of care.