About Me

* Regularly cover race, diversity and inclusion in the outdoors.
* Branding by storytelling.

* National awards for writing, photography and Web publishing.
* Founded and sold website to ESPN.
* Co-founded website sold to FOX.
* Managed large and small media staffs.
* Companies at the forefront of social networking and media.
* Newspaper sports columnist and reporter.

At Snow Lake in Mount Rainier National Park.

At Snow Lake in Mount Rainier National Park.

This is my “short” bio; you can stay tuned afterward for more:

Based in Seattle, Wash., Glenn Nelson is the founder of The Trail Posse, which regularly covers race, diversity and inclusion in the outdoors. He has won several national awards for his writing, photography and Web publishing. He earned second place for Outstanding Beat Reporting (Race, Inclusion and Environmental Justice) by the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) in 2017. A graduate of Seattle University and Columbia University, he started his career at The Seattle Times. He later founded HoopGurlz.com (now at ESPN), which covered girl’s basketball and college prospects nationally, and helped found Scout.com, a network of college and pro sports websites. Nelson is the primary author of a teen book about the NBA, has been published in numerous magazines and book collections, had a photo in a Smithsonian exhibit, and has been profiled by NPR. He also serves on the boards of Audubon Washington, Confluence Project and Friend of the Waterfront, as well as the Washington Governor’s Outdoor Recreation Advisory Committee.


Citation for two nominations, Courage Awards, Crosscut.com: “Glenn Nelson, whose Trail Posse has become a must-read for outdoors enthusiasts and those concerned with diversity in the outdoors, holding National Park Service feet to the fire. Encouraging the embrace of nature by broad population, doing this with words, but also spectacular photography and an incredible passion on this topic. He has raised visibility and in a very short period of time put himself at center of debate on these issues.”

Twenty-Five Best & Brightest, Outdoor Retailer Daily: “Politeness doesn’t go far in the change-the-world business. That’s why Glenn Nelson doesn’t let it get in the way. He identifies an underserved population and focuses his reporting until others notice. The formula works. When he realized high school girls’ basketball was undercovered, he started a website called HoopGurlz, eventually selling it to ESPN. Now, he has turned his direction to another issue: the lack of diversity in outdoor spaces. Nelson founded The Trail Posse to motivate and tell the stories of minority populations. He recently joined High Country News as a contributing editor covering race and public lands. “He’s willing to question what’s going on and ask the tough questions,” says Paul Larmer, HCN’s executive director and publisher. “The world needs Glenn Nelsons out there, pushing on these issues.”

For more, please see:

What If I’m Not White?


  1. Hey Glenn: I just realized that we’ve met. A number of years ago, I did a feature on you for Seattle University’s SUN magazine. I knew your name rang a bell! Chuck Taylor put a link in a Tweet about your reaction to the new online P-I … nice to get reacquainted! I’m still freelancing; write for Crosscut but mainly do travel. Although the outlets are dying at a dramatic rate, so between magazines and newspapers, it’s a tough gig. The Internet is where it’s at … and then there’s the problem of how to make $$. Still on Whidbey Island and all in all, life is pretty great!

  2. glennnelson says:

    Funny, I just responded to your other comment about this. Good to hear from you. OK, since you were on my “About” page, you know I started a Web site about girl’s basketball, sold it to ESPN and now run it for them. Glad to hear you are still finding outlets for your writing. Travel is the ultimate subject matter (besides basketball and jazz). I set up a Facebook fan page for Thomas, by the way. If you are on FB, become a fan!

  3. I was searching for digital photography when I found your site. Great post. Thank You.

  4. Hey Glenn, What happened to hoopgurlz I see espn is no longer covering hs women’s basketball is there a chance it gets relaunched somewhere else? thanks

  5. matthew quinn says:

    HI Glenn
    I just read what you wrote about Susan Cronins . ( april 2012 ) I grew upon Capitol Hill with Her kids .( Sean and kathy ). My brother and I have been looking for years to find them and he just passed this on to me .
    Would it be possible for you to pass on my contact information ??? That would be really great . ( and help end a years long search .) Thank you very much

  6. ajaytao2010 says:

    Nice reading about you Glen

    Thanks. For visiting my blog Ajaytao2010@wordpress.com. Browse through the category sections, I feel you may definitely find something of your interest.

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