Prizm News / January 24, 2019 / By Bob Vitale

By Bob Vitale

In a 2017 Columbus Alive readers’ poll, she finished just behind Jack Hanna and alongside Buckeyes legend Archie Griffin in the category of Best Face of Columbus.

America is about to get to know Nina West. And if they love her as much as she’s loved in Columbus, she’s a shoo-in to win Season 11 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

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Nina has hosted HighBall Halloween, the two-night outdoor street party, since it began in 2007. She has been part of AIDS Walk Ohio for the last eight years. She estimated in a 2018 Columbus Dispatch profile that she has raised more than $2 million for various causes—most of them LGBTQ-related—over her career.

She’s a fixture in Columbus, in our community and beyond. Here’s a look at her career.

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Bob Vitale
A Toledo native and graduate of Toledo Public Schools, Bob has worked as a local government and politics reporter for The Columbus Dispatch, as a Washington correspondent for Thomson Newspapers and as editor-in-chief for Outlook Ohio. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from Ball State University and a master's degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield.