Deborah Nelson


Professor of Investigative Journalism, University of Maryland

Deborah Nelson is professor of investigative journalism at the University of Maryland. Before joining the faculty in 2006, she shared in a Pulitzer Prize at The Seattle Times for a series that led to sweeping reforms of a U.S. government housing program for low-income Native American families. Stories she co-edited at the Los Angeles Times and Washington Post also received Pulitzer Prizes. From her academic perch, she has written a critically acclaimed book on the U.S. war in Vietnam and award-winning stories for Reuters on climate change, superbugs and the military. She teaches courses in media law and ethics and in investigative reporting. Her students have produced their own award-winning work. Recent class projects include series on homelessness, criminal justice and worker safety that appeared in the national press. Ms. Nelson has a B.S. in journalism and a J.D. in law.