Cathy Applefeld Olson

Contributor, Cynopsis/Billboard
Journalist (Tape Op, FMS, Freelance), Recordist, Musician, Future of Music Coalition

Cathy Applefeld Olson is an editor and writer who's been covering the music, television and digital industries for more than 20 years. She’s a longtime contributor to Billboard, where she focuses on news, trends, artist and executive profiles, and live events. Cathy also is an editor and event producer at Cynopsis Media (, where her focus on the television trade has expanded to encompass the digital realm, with a particular eye to youth culture. She also covers the cable TV industry as the managing editor of Cablefax: The Magazine.

Cathy holds a BS in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She’s the wife of an equally music-obsessed husband and mom of two daughters. When not working, you’re likely to find her catching a show just for fun, plotting a travel adventure or lingering at the blackjack table.

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