Nellie Doneva, M.A.
Nellie received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication at the American University in Bulgaria, where she began her formal photo and video training. After a summer job as a photographer for the Bulgarian Time magazine, she moved to Montana, for a master’s degree in Journalism, in the photojournalism sequence. She taught the Photojournalism class while she was a Teaching Assistant at the University of Montana.
Nellie moved to Abilene for a job as a photojournalist at the Abilene Reporter-News, where she worked for over 16 years. In addition to taking breaking and general news, sports, portrait and feature photos, she also wrote short feature stories, and contributed to the paper’s branded social media accounts. She pioneered news video on the Reporter-News website in 2005, with an 8-minute documentary on the last months of life of a woman dying from ovarian cancer. Nellie has filmed and edited news videos for over ten years, and has been recognized for her video work by Gannett/USA Today, the parent company of the ARN.
She has won more than 70 photography awards, including 43 in the National Press Photographers Association Monthly Clip Contest, for Region 8, comprising of all size newspapers from Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Mexico. She has won awards in the Feature Multiple, Feature, General News, Spot News, Pictorial and Sports categories. She has been a judge for several local and national photography contests.