Brett L. Erickson is an interpretive documentary photographer specializing in making images of the Great Plains and American West, and his award-winning photographs have been featured in numerous solo and group shows throughout the United States. A collaboration with National Geographic photographer Sam Abell, Brett's most recent project and its accompanying book, "PlainSky, Nebraskans," focused on the interrelationship between the people, landscapes and structures of western Nebraska. Brett has taught photography, photojournalism, online design and mass media at Hastings College since 2003. As a professional journalist and photographer, he contributed for a large variety of media, including Oregon and Nebraska newspapers, National Public Radio, American Public Media, and Nebraska Educational Telecommunications. He formerly served as the freelance Central Nebraska Bureau Chief for NET Radio (Nebraska Public Radio). Erickson earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts from Hastings College in 1995, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Hastings College in 1999, and a Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, one of the nation’s top 12 journalism master’s programs, in 2009. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
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