Greg Olson of Springfield is a Jacksonville native and a longtime local journalist and community historian. He graduated from Routt High School in 1979 and Western Illinois University in 1983. He was employed at the Jacksonville Journal-Courier from 1984 to 2018, mostly working as a full-time reporter, feature story writer and photographer. Olson also has been active with several community groups, including serving on the boards of the Morgan County Historical Society for more than 35 years and the Jacksonville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. He and his wife, Pamela, have one son, Evan.