Olivia Munson

Olivia Munson

News Reporter, Washington, D.C.

Olivia Munson of New Jersey is a digital reporter for Cronkite News in Washington, D.C. She has worked for the State Press, Times Media Group and Phoenix Home & Garden.

Latest from Olivia Munson

Ballot count complete, but Republicans press ahead with challenges

WASHINGTON - Arizona elections officials finished counting the last of more than 3.4 million ballots over the weekend and are vowing to certify the results in the next two weeks, despite ongoing challenges from state Republicans.


Trump’s voting irregularity claims get cold reception in court hearing

WASHINGTON - Trump campaign lawyers dropped claims of voter fraud Thursday, telling a Maricopa County Superior Court judge instead that they were in court to point out "good faith errors" by election officials that could have affected the vote count.


Trump lawsuit targets Maricopa vote count, as gap with Biden narrows

WASHINGTON - The Trump campaign added Arizona this weekend to the list of states where it has gone to court to challenge the ballot count, charging that Maricopa County rejected ballots that should have been given a second review.


Presidential race called for Biden, Arizona plays key role

PHOENIX – Several national news outlets have called the presidential race for former Vice President Joe Biden, who is projected to become the 46th president of the United States. Arizona played a key role in the election.


Cities, police brace for possible unrest after heated election

WASHINGTON - National and local law enforcement agencies are preparing to respond in case civil disturbances break out after Tuesday's elections, which experts fear may have a "different venue for challenging election results, namely in the streets."


Giles joins mayors questioning reliability of shortened census count

WASHINGTON - Mesa Mayor John Giles joined mayors from around the country Monday questioning the reliability of the just-ended census and demanding that the Census Bureau be given more time to verify its count of the U.S. population.


Supreme Court’s Census ruling a ‘bitter pill’ to tribes, advocates

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court Tuesday said the Census Bureau can stop its count of the population, a blow to tribal leaders and local advocates for underrepresented communities in Arizona who said they would be hit hardest by an undercount.


Advocates worry ‘food insecurity’ gains could be upended by COVID-19

WASHINGTON - Advocates fear that years of steady improvements in the level of "food insecurity" among Arizona children could be reversed this year by the economic toll of COVID-19, a shift that could have long-lasting effects.


Advocates rush to register voters after judge extends deadline 18 days

WASHINGTON - Arizona nonprofits are working "nonstop" to register voters before opponents can overturn a federal judge's ruling that extended the state's voter registration deadline from Monday to Oct. 23.

voting rights ambassador registering students to vote

Sierra, in Hopkins ICU, becomes fourth state lawmaker hit by COVID-19

WASHINGTON - Arizona Rep. Lorenzo Sierra, D-Avondale, was being treated in the intensive care unit of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore Monday for "complications related to COVID-19," one day after being hospitalized with the virus in Washington.


Napier rejects Democrats’ claim of racist infiltration of police

WASHINGTON - Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier pushed back against claims that white supremacists have infiltrated police agencies, telling a House committee Tuesday that he has "simply not been exposed" to any evidence of that.


Ginsburg’s decades on high court included numerous Arizona rulings

WASHINGTON - Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote more than 200 Supreme Court opinions and countless dissents since 1993 - including some directly affecting Arizona, from a Mount Lemmon age discrimination case to overhaul of the state's death penalty.


Arizona officials work to boost census responses with time running out

WASHINGTON - Arizona continues to have one of the nation's lowest Census response rates with as little as two weeks left for the count. With congressional seats and potentially billions of dollars at stake, state officials renewed appeals for Arizonans to respond.


On anniversary of 2001 hate crime, Sikhs still fight for understanding

WASHINGTON - Mesa gas station owner Balbir Singh Sodhi was killed in a Sept. 15, 2001, drive-by shooting, the first victim of a post-9/11 hate crime. But almost 20 years later, members of Sodhi's Sikh faith say they are still struggling for understanding.


Payroll ‘holiday’ begins, but it’s not clear that anyone’s celebrating

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's payroll tax holiday started Tuesday, but no one involved with the program could say how many businesses will actually participate in the voluntary program, and how many workers might be affected.


Phoenix march organizers echo themes of massive D.C. anti-racism rally

WASHINGTON - As tens of thousands gathered in Washington Friday for the "Get Your Knee Off Our Necks" anti-racism rally, organizers in Phoenix were preparing for their own "solidarity march" to protect police violence and recommit to Martin Luther King's ideals.


Republicans defend Postal Service, accuse Democrats of scare tactics

WASHINGTON - Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, joined a chorus of Republicans defending Postal Service changes and accusing Democrats of trying to create problems with this fall's election. Democrats pushed back, repeating charges that the agency is endangering the vote.