Jackie Combs Nelson

Jackie Combs NelsonJackie Combs Nelson has navigated varied newsrooms with constant innovation in her 38-year newspaper career. Her love of newspaper page design led to positions at four California newspapers in 15 years including the Downey Live Wire, Costa Mesa Daily Pilot, Long Beach Press-Telegram and the Sacramento Union — culminating in 23 years at the Chicago Tribune.

At the Tribune, she was a breaking-news graphics researcher, picture editor, assistant afternoon paper editor and a breaking-news page designer/editor. She was a founding member of the Society of News Design in 1979 and served as a board member for eight years. She was the SND international president in 1991. Jackie has been involved with the Alfred Friendly program since 1988, when she first hosted and mentored a Friendly fellow. Some of her closest friends are former Friendly fellows with whom she has maintained deep connections. Now retired, Jackie and her husband, Lowell, are traveling the world and visiting AFPP alumni, specifically journalists she mentored during her Tribune career.