Biography

I am an independent writer, editor, and radio reporter based in New Mexico. My work has appeared in Al Jazeera America, Ms., The Nature Conservancy Magazine, New Mexico Magazine, The Progressive, Columbia Journalism Review, Women’s eNews, High Country News, Santa Fe Reporter, New Mexico Independent, The Mountain Gazette, Forest, Audubon, Orion, and Law & Politics.

I also report for KUNM 89.9 and New Mexico In Depth. Right now, I’m working on a radio series that explores oil and gas development in northwestern New Mexico. You can see those stories and blog posts at http://kunm.org/term/drilling-deep.

In the past, I’ve worked as managing editor of Tribal College Journal and assistant editor of High Country News.

I served on the Society of Professional Journalists Rio Grande Chapter board of directors from 2011 until 2014 and currently serve as one of Region 9’s associate directors.

Since becoming a journalist in 2002, I’ve focused on natural resource and social justice issues in the southwestern United States. My passion has been to take complex topics—including climate change, energy development, and water rights—and write narrative-driven stories that will engage the public.

Before becoming obsessed with muckraking, I worked as an archaeologist and tribal consultant throughout New Mexico, Arizona, and southwestern Colorado. For six years, my job involved working outdoors in beautiful places I never would have otherwise visited. To say that those years in the field influenced how I think about everything from landscapes and culture to quality of life and whiskey would be an understatement.

You may reach me at laura.paskus@gmail.com and follow me on Twitter at @LauraPaskus.

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