M.A., University of Missouri-Columbia; B.F.A., Syracuse University
Andrew Nelson, a contributing writer to the National Geographic Society’s Traveler Magazine, brought his background in journalism and social media to Peter Mayer Advertising’s public relations department where he worked as senior account executive for clients such as the state of Louisiana, the National World War II Museum, Reily Foods, and Whitney Bank. His @WWIIToday Twitter feed won a 2009 PRSA award and endorsements from the Pritzker Military Library and CNN News. Nelson has written for Traveler since 2001.
Nelson's recent story "Rise and Shine Detroit" was a finalist in the North American Travel Journalists Association 2012 awards. His "Tweet Me in Miami" won a 2010 Folio Award for magazine writing. In 2007 he was awarded the prestigious Lowell Thomas Award for his work with the Society. His work has also appeared in Salon, ReadyMade, the New York Times and San Francisco, which featured Nelson’s monthly history column. Before moving to New Orleans, Nelson restored an old adobe in the Big Bend of Texas near the town of Marfa. He is a graduate of Syracuse University and received an M.A. from University of Missouri’s School of Journalism.