Lu Olkowski

Lu Olkowski

Independent Producer

Producer

Lu Olkowski is an independent producer based in New York. Her radio work has been heard on State of the Re:Union, Studio 360, This American Life, Radiolab, All Things Considered, Weekend America, The World and the BBC World Service among others. Her work has won the National Edward R. Murrow award, the Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society of Professional Journalists, the RTNDA/Unity award, three Gracie awards, a Third Coast International Audio Festival award and the Salute to Excellence award from the National Association of Black Journalists. In 2014, Lu produced Cargoland, a five-part series for KCRW that goes behind the gates of America's busiest waterfront, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Lu Olkowski on KCRW

A cigarette at his lips, parrot Bok-Bok on his shoulder, Johnny O spent 68 years on the San Pedro waterfront, he calls himself a pirate. (Repeat)

The Pirate

A cigarette at his lips, parrot Bok-Bok on his shoulder, Johnny O spent 68 years on the San Pedro waterfront, he calls himself a pirate. (Repeat)

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from Which Way, L.A.?

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from Which Way, L.A.?

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