Chad Nelson

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Chad Nelson of KARE 11 Minneapolis believes good storytelling brings people to life and great storytelling keeps them alive forever.

Nelson recently made National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) history when he earned both the Ernie Crisp News Photographer of the Year and Editor of the Year honors.

A Minnesota native, Nelson studied Mass Communications with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism at Minnesota State University Moorhead and quickly launched his professional career at WDAY in Fargo, North Dakota. It was at WDAY under the mentorship of reporter Kevin Wallevand that a passion for storytelling began. With a constant curiosity of the human condition, Chad began working on his craft to highlight the interesting people he would meet.

In 2010, Nelson moved to Minneapolis after accepting a photojournalism job at KSTP in St. Paul. At KSTP, he expanded his storytelling skills with an attention to lighting and graphics, breathing life into stories that were less visual. In 2014, he took a job at KARE 11 in Minneapolis where he constantly focuses on the art of storytelling while looking for new technologies to bring storytelling to life on all platforms.