Photo by Miles Norwood

Photo by Miles Norwood

Katie G. Nelson

Katie is a freelance journalist and photographer covering human rights, global health and accountability issues in East Africa.

Born from a bloodline of storytellers, Katie’s work — and life — is centered around her insatiable wanderlust, genuine curiosity about others and desire to connect seemingly disparate pieces of humanity through written and visual storytelling.


Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies, minors in Mass Communication & Spanish
University of Minnesota, 2008

Master of Public Health, Global Health
University of Minnesota, 2013

Awards, Training & Memberships


  • Al Jazeera English
  • Associated Press
  • Center for Public Integrity
  • City Pages
  • Ensia
  • Humanosphere
  • MinnPost
  • National Geographic
  • One Campaign
  • Public Radio International
  • Quartz
  • Star Tribune



  • Nikon D610 full-frame DSLR
  • Sony A6000 mirrorless compact
  • GoPro Hero4 Silver +


  • Nikkor 50mm f/1.8
  • Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8
  • Sigma 70-200mm f/4.5
  • Sigma 30mm f/2.8


  • Zoom H4N Handy Portable Digital Recorder
  • Lavalier Omnidirectional Microphone
  • Rode VideoMicPro


  • Tripod
  • Shoulder rig