MSUM alumnus Chad Nelson ’07 (mass communications), a photojournalist with KARE 11 in the Twin Cities, won two top honors in the 2017 National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) Video Best of Photojournalism awards, in what’s being called an “unprecedented sweep.”

Nelson was named both the Ernie Crisp News Photographer of the Year and Editor of the Year at a ceremony June 2. 

Chad Nelson of KARE is the first person to win both the Photographer of the Year and the Editor of the Year titles in the NPPA Best of Photojournalism Video competition. Photo by Merry Murray (Courtesy NPAA)

KARE 11 was runner-up for large market Station of the Year.

Read more about Nelson’s accomplishments at

You can also watch one of Nelson’s winning stories, “51 years, 17 girls, 1 dress” at