Photo by Miles Norwood

Photo by Miles Norwood

Katie G. Nelson

Katie G. Nelson is an independent journalist and photographer covering human rights, global health and accountability issues in East Africa.

Nelson’s work — and life — is centered around her insatiable wanderlust, genuine curiosity about others 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. 


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

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

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 D810 full-frame DSLR
  • DJI Osmo Plus


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


  • Zoom H4N Handy Portable Digital Recorder
  • Lavalier Omnidirectional Microphone
  • Rode VideoMicPro Shotgun Mic
  • Rode VideoMicro Compact Mic


  • Tripod
  • Shoulder rig