Craig Daily Press hires new education, health reporter
The Craig Daily Press welcomed a new reporter this week, one who has more than a little familiarity with the publication.
Sasha Nelson began Monday as the newspaper’s education and health reporter, replacing Michael Neary, who left in mid-July, in the position.
Nelson, 42, was born in Steamboat Springs and grew up in Craig, one of her first jobs working on a paper route for the local news source.
She holds dual bachelor’s degrees in biology and English composition with a minor in communications from Colorado State University-Pueblo and also attended graduate school in Australia, including La Trobe University, studying animal behavior and zoology, and Australian National University.
“It’s considered the Harvard of the Southern Hemisphere,” Nelson said of the latter school, where she obtained a master’s degree in science communication.
Nelson has also worked with Center of Craig, Museum of Northwest Colorado Foundation and Moffat County Libraries as well as spending eight years with Conservation Colorado, which she most recently left to work at the Daily Press.
As a field organizer for Conservation Colorado, Nelson said it was working with media content and contacts for the organization that interested her in getting back into journalism, including writing a column for the paper.
“It’s kind of a full circle moment for me,” Nelson said, noting that journalism was an interest due to her education. “The discipline to write day in, day out is a big challenge I think I’m looking forward to. I also just love telling great stories for the community.”
In her spare time, Nelson enjoys quilting, fishing, hunting, archery, four-wheeling and volunteering for Moffat County Humane Society.
Daily Press Editor Noelle Leavitt Riley pointed to several instances of Nelson’s freelance work through the paper as an example of her ability to write well.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed her work,” she said. “She’s from Northwest Colorado, so her knowledge of our area is deep. We all look forward to her contributions.”
Publisher Renee Campbell added she believes Nelson’s history with Craig and Moffat County make her a great hire.
“Sasha is a local community member who is committed to the community, and she has a passion for journalism,” Campbell said. “We feel Sasha will be a true asset to the Craig Daily Press team.”
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