Mark Oltmanns


Mark Oltmanns is a first-year graduate student in the School of Journalism at UC-Berkeley where he studies video production and multimedia reporting. He covers crime and public safety for Richmond Confidential. Mark grew up in and around Chicago and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with majors in Political Science, Asian Studies, and International Studies. After graduating, Mark moved to Bangkok, Thailand where he received a Blakemore Fellowship to study advanced Thai and worked as a translator in a central police station. Currently, Mark is also pursuing a Masters in Asian Studies. He has extensive experience abroad, including five years in Southeast Asia where he reported on security issues in the region. He has covered political unrest in Myanmar, landmines in Cambodia, and insurgency in southern Thailand. Mark speaks Thai and French and is currently studying Indonesian.

Stories by Mark

Bandwidth: Pooka’s transformation

Since he was kid, Dvondre Woodards has gone by another name, Pooka. Given to him by his grandmother, the name stuck, be it with friends,...

Weekends in Richmond: Celebrating literacy

On Sunday, hundreds of children and adults filled Richmond's Civic Center Plaza to celebrate the importance of literacy at the third annual Richmond Tales Family...

One Richmond

Richmond's landscapes have a richness and diversity to match that of its people, culture and history.

I am Richmond

Our "I am Richmond" video attempts to illuminate the essence of this great city with intimate imagery and honest commentary.

Talking gun-violence in North Richmond

Last Saturday, Richmond residents and community leaders gathered in North Richmond to call for stronger community relations and an end to gun-violence. The community fair...