Matt Nelson

Developer, The Washington Post



I'm a front-end web developer based in Washington, D.C., originally from a farm on the Mesabi Iron Range in northern Minnesota.

After contemplating careers in journalism, physics and education, I taught myself to code.

I also run like crazy. Every day.

If I hadn't made it to Washington, I would be teaching ninth grade physics in Des Moines right now.

Wild, huh?



The Washington Post
Developer, Sept. 2013 - Present

I primarily work with Javascript and JSP's to churn out pages and features for pages such as live scoreboards for sports and live results modules for elections.

From Sept. 2013 to March 2014, I worked for Service Alley, a former startup that was part of WaPo's New Ventures program.

Scripps Howard Foundation Wire
Multimedia fellow, Sept. 2012 - Aug. 2013

I worked with a staff of interns to produce multimedia pieces, including data projects. I transitioned the Drupal-based site to be mobile responsive.

Great Northern Radio Show
Writer, performer, Oct. 2011 - Present

I occasionally write and perform sketches for the Great Northern Radio Show.


Drake University
Des Moines, Iowa. Graduation date: May, 2012

School: Bachelor of Arts, Journalism and Mass Communications, and School of Education.
Major: Journalism (News/Internet)  |  Minor: Physics


Front end

AngularJS, Backbone.js, Boostrap, CSS3, D3.js, jQuery, HTML5, SASS, Wordpress (building, maintaining and migrating a site), Google APIs (maps, documents, spreadsheets as a primitive database), Xcode, iOS apps

Back end

Java, Python, JSTL (Java Server Pages), Ruby, Ruby on Rails, Django, Drupal (not by choice)


Leaflet.js, Topojson, QGIS, D3.js mapping capabilities

Version control

Git, Github, JIRA, Confluence


Stone and Holt Weeks finalist
June 2013
ONA Google Student Newsroom member
Sept. 2011