Deena Winter is the State Capitol Bureau Chief for Nebraska Watchdog.
Deena has been a journalist for about two decades—most recently with the Lincoln Journal Star.
She first tried journalism by working for the Associated Press during college, covering college hockey and football games, even though she knew nothing about the sports. After college, she briefly worked at a weekly newspaper called the Northwood Gleaner, where the senior reporter still tapped out stories on a typewriter. She worked at the Bismarck Tribune in North Dakota for many years, covering just about every beat they had, from state government to “cops and courts” to a bureau post.
Winter also briefly worked as a correspondent for the Denver Post in Colorado Springs before leaving to take a job as city editor in North Dakota. She began working for the Lincoln Journal Star in Nebraska in late 2004, and covered city government until late 2010. She then launched her own news blog called Winterized before joining Nebraska Watchdog in October 2011.
Winter has won numerous journalism awards during her career, including four first-place finishes in reporting in the North Dakota Newspaper Association contest and an honorable mention in the National Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest for her series about North Dakota’s juvenile justice system.
Although it didn’t win any prizes, she thinks the best story she ever wrote was about the federal government accidentally sending a North Dakota farmer a $2 million check. He gave it back. But not before framing a copy of it.