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Welcome, Glenn Nelson


We’re excited to report that Seattle-based journalist Glenn Nelson is joining High Country News as our newest contributing editor. Glenn’s work has broken down barriers for diversity and inclusion in discussions about public lands. He’ll be joining fellow contributing editors Cally Carswell, Sarah Gilman and Michelle Nijhuis to bring even more great stories to the magazine and website.

Born in Japan, Glenn is a longtime resident of Seattle who describes his family as “a melting pot simmering with Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Latina ingredients.” His background gives him a uniquely nuanced view of the West and its public lands, he says. “Since the communities of color have not been large, they’ve always mixed, and Seattle has as many or more multiracials, like myself and now my daughters, Sassia and Mika, than anywhere I’ve been in this country.”

New contributing editor Glenn Nelson.

As a student, Glenn co-founded the Rainbow Coalition, an organization for minority students, at Seattle University. Later, at Columbia University, where he earned his master’s degree in political science, he focused on minority election politics before going on to work at the sports department at The Seattle Times. As the Internet grew as a platform for viable media ventures and innovations, Glenn emerged as a leader in digital journalism. He helped shape rivals.com, an online publication that covered college sports, and also co-founded scout.com, which covered recruiting, from high school to the NFL. Then, in 1999, Glenn founded the first iteration of the online media venture HoopGurlz, which provides a voice for female athletes. He sold HoopGurlz to ESPN in 2008, though he continued to manage it for another four years. During that time, the site won numerous awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, including for Best Specialized Website.

At HCN, he will help develop a new cadre of writers, who will focus on covering the modern, diverse West. You can find more about Glenn and his work at trailposse.com. Welcome, Glenn!

Alas, a correction: In our story about farmers dealing with drought (“A dry future weighs heavy on California agriculture,” HCN, 2/22/16), a photo caption misidentified the type of irrigation pipe pictured in Merced County, California. The pipes pictured were to be used as aboveground sprinklers, not buried for drip irrigation. Another mistake squeaked by in a national park visitation graphic in our special Travel Issue (“Where you go — and where you don’t,HCN, 3/7/16). Big Hole National Battlefield is located near Wisdom, Montana, not in Idaho. We regret the errors.