Kathryn Nelson is a Minneapolis freelance journalist who frequently writes about international relations, human rights, conflicts and genocide and mental health issues.
While completing her undergraduate degree in global studies with minors in journalism and Spanish, she worked as an intern, reporter, editor and columnist at the Minnesota Daily (20,000 daily), and as a student reporter at the Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper (322,362 daily, 534,750 Sunday).
Kathryn also interned at Amnesty International U.S.A.`s media department, covering the Supreme Court case Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, as well as planning and developing educational curriculum for the organization`s youth program. In addition, she researched, wrote and edited newsletters for the University of Minnesota?s Center for Transportation Studies.
In 2007, she moved to Bungoma, Kenya to work at a Red Cross refugee camp, and subsequently co-founded a non-profit organization in a nearby village. Kathryn currently directs all development, fundraising and media outreach programs for the charity.
Kathryn was awarded the Mark of Excellence in Journalism Award for breaking news and the National Diversity Award from the Associated Collegiate Press for her multimedia series about living in East Africa. She regularly speaks to high school students about human rights and poverty in developing nations.
She lives in Minneapolis with her boyfriend and puggle, and hopes to work as a freelance war correspondent in the near future.