James B. Nelson


James B. Nelson is business editor at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He also teaches business journalism and editing at Marquette University.

James has been an editor for the Journal Sentinel in business news and, before that, in local news, since the 1995 merger of the Milwaukee Journal and Milwaukee Sentinel. During the coronavirus pandemic, he’s the team leader for economics and business coverage for the Journal Sentinel and the 10 other Gannett papers in Wisconsin. At the Milwaukee Sentinel, he covered City Hall, Milwaukee County government and state issues, including agriculture, environment, business and Native American treaty rights. He also previously worked at three other Wisconsin papers. He is a federally licensed drone pilot for the Journal Sentinel and Gannett. James is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a double major in economics and political science.

He’s a past president and a current board member of the Milwaukee Press Club, and serves on the Milwaukee Press Club Endowment Board, the press club’s nonprofit arm that supports journalism education.

Follow him on Twitter: @jamesbnelson.

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