Photo by Miles Norwood

Photo by Miles Norwood

Katie G. Nelson

Katie G. Nelson is a freelance journalist, photographer and filmmaker in Nairobi, Kenya. She covers human rights, global health and accountability issues in the region.

Trained as an investigative journalist, Nelson cut her teeth as a reporter in the United States before moving to East Africa, where she is now based. Her print, photography and video work has been published by National Geographic, BBC, Al Jazeera, Associated Press and Public Radio International, among others.

In addition to news coverage, Nelson partners with nonprofit organizations to humanize their work by providing visual content and hands-on storytelling training with their staff. Clients include Amnesty International, Oxfam GB and USAID.

Nelson’s work — and life — is centered around her insatiable wanderlust, genuine curiosity and desire to connect seemingly disparate experiences into a collective sense of humanity. She believes her life’s meaning is to bear witness to those who have been silenced and to find strength in the stories of those who remain.

Nelson has a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies and a Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota.


Al Jazeera

Associated Press

BBC News

Center for Public Integrity

National Geographic


Public Radio International


Wall Street Journal

Topical expertise

Human rights, LGBTI issues, infectious disease, HIV/AIDS, hemorrhagic diseases (Ebola), genocide and ethnic cleansing, illegal arms trade, financial accountability in government, FOIA, long-form storytelling.


Master of Public Health, Community Health Promotion
University of Minnesota, 2013

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