Matt Nelson was recently hired as the third multimedia fellow at the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire. Nelson originally hails from Hibbing, Minn., a city that is well known across the world as being the hometown of music legend Bob Dylan.
A Midwestern boy at heart, Nelson has worked at media outlets in both Minnesota and Iowa. He got his start on the small-town beat when he interviewed World War II veterans for the local newspaper. One of those veterans was Veda Ponikvar, who was a Navy WAVE during World War II. It was while interviewing Ponikvar that Nelson first heard about Drake University, from which he graduated in 2012. Nelson majored in Drake's News/Internet program, and received a minor in physics.
During his college career, Nelson interned at the Hibbing Daily Tribune, the Des Moines Register, Patch.com and ABC News. He also attended the Online News Association's conference as part of the Google student newsroom in 2011.
Nelson is excited to be multimedia fellow for the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire, and he is eager to apply his multimedia skills in a dynamic setting like Washington.
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