Justin Haag will join the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission as a public information officer for the Panhandle beginning Jan. 28.

Haag’s duties include community and media relations, public information, and photography and writing for NEBRASKAland Magazine and all agency media.

Haag, a lifetime resident of western Nebraska, comes to Game and Parks after 12 years at Chadron State College, where he was a communications coordinator for seven years and then media and public relations coordinator the past five. He served a leading role in advertising as well as communications.

Before joining the Chadron State staff, Haag was associate editor at the McCook Daily Gazette from 1998-2000 and a news and sports reporter at the Chadron Record from 1996-1998. He also was active on the Chadron State student newspaper staff before graduating with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1996.

Haag was attracted to northwest Nebraska as a college student largely because of its outdoor recreational opportunities. When not on campus, he often journeyed the northern Panhandle countryside to capture photos of the region’s wildlife. In addition to photography, his passions include fishing by ice and kayak, hunting upland birds and waterfowl, and mountain biking.

“Justin brings solid writing, photography and media experience to our staff, and he will be a great addition to our communications team,” said Christy Rasmussen, administrator for Game and Parks’ Information and Education Division.

Haag grew up in southwest Nebraska, graduating from Beaver Valley High School in Lebanon. He lives in Chadron with his wife, Cricket, and two children.

Contact Haag at justin.haag@nebraska.gov.

Image courtesy Nebraska Games & Parks Commission

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