A highly-regarded multiple-award-winning anchor with Minneapolis-St. Paul's top station, KARE 11 TV, Julie Nelson does not simply inform when she presents the evening news; she captivates with an engaging style. At 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. each night, she is able to seamlessly transition from one world to another - whether covering national or local news, politics, or celebrities - with natural ease, confidence, wit and finesse. Julie has become the centerpiece of local news market and you can summarize her personal brand in a single word: empathy.
In recognition for her quality reporting and the authentic style for which she's touted, Julie was recently honored with the Regional Murrow award and Eric Sevareid award (2009). During her 15-year career in television news, she has also won a regional Emmy award for anchoring, plus earned two-time status as "Best Anchor" by City Pages. In 1995, within months of joining Twin Cities ABC affiliate, KSTP, Julie was named "Best Newcomer" by Mpls/St. Paul Magazine, which a year later placed her among the area's "One Hundred People to Watch."
Despite her industry accolades, Julie feels her greatest compliment comes from feedback from viewers. With an innate knack for making people of every demographic group feel as if she is one of them, Julie has an uncanny ability to identify directly with her audience's issues and struggles. "I love my work, because in my eyes, journalism is all about connecting with people, telling their stories, understanding what they do and why. That to me is the ultimate privilege."
Julie knew she wanted be a reporter since her freshman year in high school, when she discovered she could combine her love of debate, public speaking, current events, and telling people's stories in one career. She earned a BA degree in Journalism and History from Indiana University in Bloomington.
She then worked as a weekend anchor in Terre Haute, Indiana. Julie moved on to Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky, and eventually to the Minneapolis/St. Paul market as a morning anchor for KSTP. Within a year she was promoted to evening anchor, and just three years later in 2003 she took the evening spot at the number one station in town, KARE 11, where she remains.
In addition to reporting the news, Julie contributes her writing skills to the newscasts, plus does in-depth interviews. She also writes a parenting blog on the station's sister site, momslikeme.com, and anchors a monthly radio show that spotlights different community charities and invokes listener involvement. Julie additionally emcees various charity events, has moderated political debates (including the November 2008 debate between Norm Coleman and Al Franken), and has participated in numerous community-related events.
Born and raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Julie currently lives outside Minneapolis, MN with her husband, two young daughters and two Labrador Retrievers. Julie also volunteers time for such causes as Habitat for Humanity, Treehouse, Christian Recovery Center, Wooddale Church, and "Feed My Starving Children." For fun, she enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends.