Myrna Oliver


The Media School Distinguished Alumni Award (2015)
Indiana University Bloomington
Media School
Journalism Program


Myrna Oliver had a 38-year career as a journalist in California. She began working for the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner in 1968, where she covered the Charles Manson murder trial. She moved to the Los Angeles Times in 1972, covering civil courts and legal affairs for 15 years. Oliver transitioned to writing distinctive obituaries, including the celebrity deaths of Jim Henson, Sam Walton and Leonard Bernstein, among others. She retired in 2006. Oliver was editor of the Indiana Daily Student and Arbutus at IU, while also working part time for the Herald-Telephone in Bloomington, Indiana.