July 31, 2003 by

Trevor Nelson


Categories: Media, Writers/Editors

Trevor Nelson, a producer for the CBS TV news show, “60 Minutes,” died on July 24 of meningitis. He was 34.
Nelson began his journalism career writing articles for The New York Times, The New Republic and The Wall Street Journal. He spent five years at Christian Science Monitor Radio before joining the Washington bureau of CBS News in 1996. He worked as an associate producer for Lesley Stahl, but was later transferred to the New York office to work for Ed Bradley.
During his seven-year tenure at “60 Minutes,” Nelson served as an associate or co-producer on many news reports. In 2000, he was promoted to full-fledged producer, and worked on 20 segments, 15 of which were broadcast. Two received Emmy nominations.
Nelson regularly produced stories with correspondent Steve Kroft, including segments on disgraced journalist Stephen Glass, the New York State attorney general’s efforts to clean up Wall Street and the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks. He and Kroft also produced the feature, “All in the Family,” a story about how Kellogg Brown & Root, a division of the oil services company, Haliburton, scored a Pentagon contract for a major rebuilding job in Iraq. Haliburton is Vice President Dick Cheney’s former firm.

3 Responses to Trevor Nelson

  1. Maia bazjanac

    I met Trevor in college at UC Berkeley and stayed in touch for a few years, seeing him whenever I was in Boston. I had no idea he had passed away. I only found out just now by searching the web for his name, thinking I’d look him up. I’m very sad. I remember many good times with him. I spent a weekend in Chicago with him- while O.J. Simpson drove his white Bronco around and the Nicks/Bulls game was shoved into the corner of the TV screen. It was very memorable! I will always remember him.
    I wish his family the best.
    Maia Bazjanac

  2. Gina Bullough (nee Murray)

    I hung out with Trevor in France, over 20 years ago. We were studying in Tours and had a hilarious time alternately appreciating and laughing at the French and their culture.
    My condolences to his family, how tragic to lose him so young.

  3. Jennifer Leaper

    I am stunned to learn of Trevor’s passing. Trevor and I met in French Class his first semester at Cal and became fast friends. He was one of the brightest, most charismatic people I had ever met – someone you knew was destined for greatness. We remained close friends for years, but our lives kept us on opposite coasts and we gradually lost touch. I have thought of him often over the years and went online today determined to reconnect with my old friend. I am terribly saddened by the tragic and sudden loss of this wonderful human being and shocked at the circumstances surrounding his death. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. I will always remember him fondly.

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