100 Women Wall of Honor
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Nellie Rose McCannon

A journalism pioneer, Nellie McCannon (1917-2011) (MS 1953 Agricultural Journalism) was on the faculty at UW-Madison for 37 years, ten years of that at the Milwaukee County Extension Office. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University, and her master’s from UW-Madison. She was head of the home economics journalism major, led the home economics news service, and taught news and feature writing. Nellie was president of the Wisconsin Home Economics Association and on the board of the American Home Economics Association, for which she started a communications section and served as its first chair. Nellie initiated an annual workshop for Wisconsin women editors and reporters, and served as president of the Madison chapter of Women in Communications. Her work with international graduate students led her to a project with Mexican home agents, an assignment in Indonesia, and several trips around the world.