Nelda Holder has been a journalism and communications professional since the 1970s, beginning as a feature writer and columnist for The Tampa Times in Florida. She then worked in public access television in Middlebury, Vermont, and taught communications at Antioch New England in Keene, New Hampshire.

After returning to her native state of North Carolina, she became associate editor (now retired) of the Mountain Xpress in Asheville. She has specialized in investigative and government writing, and currently produces a legislative column for Asheville’s multicultural monthly, The Urban News.

She manages the nonpartisan website, Politically Purple NC, reporting on North Carolina government, history, and culture. And she and her golden retriever rescue spend volunteer time in the Read to Me therapy-dog program in Madison County, NC.