Amy K. Nelson
Amy K. Nelson (Born July 16, 1978) is an award-winning freelance multimedia journalist based in New York City. Her work has appeared in Slate, Deadspin, Out Magazine, The Hairpin and Animal New York, among others.
A former Senior Correspondent at SB Nation, Nelson is most known as a writer/reporter for ESPN.com's Enterprise Unit. She also served as a moderator for ESPN’s First Take program, and has appeared on SportsCenter, ESPNews, Baseball Tonight and Outside The Lines.
After graduating in 2000, Nelson began working for SportsTicker, a now defunct sports news service, that was the official statistician of Minor League Baseball. Nelson began her career as a writer, writing for the news service’s editorial branch. Nelson also freelanced for SportsTicker in the Boston area, where she was based. This entailed calling in with score or stat updates to the main office in New Jersey, getting quotes from athletes and writing stories.
Nelson wrote for ESPN for seven years from 2004 to October 17, 2011. She began at ESPN: The Magazine in late 2004 and transitioned to ESPN.com in 2005. Covering baseball, Nelson worked her way from feature writing to include frequent TV appearances on ESPN shows such as Jim Rome Is Burning and First Take.
On September 19, 2009 ESPN announced the launch of ESPNBoston.com. Nelson was hired as a regular contributor and Red Sox beat reporter for the new site.
As part of the channel launch, Nelson produced and hosted her own show, Full Nelson. The short-documentary based program covers a wide range of topics, from a Brooklyn arm-wrestling championship to a story on minor-league-baseball part-owner Bill Murray.
Nelson's most recent piece was an oral history on the Costacos Brothers and their sports poster empire. In an interview, Nelson said that it took her over nine months to research, interview and write the story.
Nelson's freelance work has included pieces that have received wide pickup, including her story for The Hairpin, about women in the sports media and their systematic disadvantage. It was shared widely and Sports Illustrated media critic Richard Deitsch used it as a platform for a larger roundtable discussion on women in sports media.
Other recent pieces include her quest to find Jeff Gillooly, figure skater Tonya Harding's ex-husband who masterminded the attack on Nancy Kerrigan 20 years ago prior to the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer. Nelson was the only journalist to interview Gillooly and appeared in ESPN's 30 for 30 documentary The Price of Gold.
- This Person in Sports: Amy K. Nelson SDSU Sports MBA, February 7, 2013
- Blogs with Balls: Amy K. Nelson Bio Blogs with Balls, Retrieved April 25, 2013
- Henry Parr, The Climax: ESPN’s Amy Nelson talks post-Hampshire life The Climax, pg. 5, March 4, 2010
- Highbeam accessed April 26, 2013
- Amy K. Nelson, ESPN.com October 17, 2011, accessed April 25, 2013
- From Superpower Stalwart to Guerrilla Reporter Gelf Magazine, February 12, 2013
- OTL: Marked for Life ESPN.com, accessed April 26, 2013
- Searching for meaning in the mistake ESPN.com, January 9, 2011
- Kick Off: ESPNBoston.com Launches Today (Press Release) September 19, 2009
- Amy K. Nelson Is The Latest To Flee ESPN Deadspin, November 3, 2011
- YouTube And SBNation Launch A New Sports Channel WebProNews, March 12, 2012
- Amy K. Nelson, Amy K. Nelson Tells The Story Of The 'Queen Of Arms' SB Nation, March 2, 2012
- Amy K. Nelson, Bill Murray: Baseball's Best Boss - Full Nelson SB Nation, June 20, 2012
- Amy K. Nelson, Poster Boys: How the Costacos Brothers Built a Wall Art Empire SB Nation, February 5, 2013
- Amy K. Nelson, Women in Sports: Fight the Power Outage Archived February 3, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. The Hairpin, November 12, 2013
- Richard Deitsch, Debating role of women in sports media; Marino's balancing act; more Sports Illustrated, November 24, 2013
- Amy K. Nelson, 30 for 30: The Price of Gold -The Vault Archived January 30, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. ESPN, January 16, 2014
- Amy K. Nelson, Fear of a Black Santa Animal New York, December 23, 2013
- Lorenzo Ferrigno, Macy's has a black Santa, by special request CNN.com, December 24, 2013