Biography

I am an independent reporter and radio producer 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, Indian Country Today, National Geographic OnlineWomen’s eNews, High Country News, Santa Fe Reporter, New Mexico In Depth, The Mountain Gazette, Forest, Audubon, Orion, and Law & Politics.

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

With a partner, I just finished up a two-year long investigative reporting project about youth suicide for New Mexico In Depth. The series, “Choosing Life,” is online here. In the past, I’ve worked as assistant editor of High Country News and managing editor of Tribal College Journal.

I served on the Society of Professional Journalists Rio Grande Chapter board of directors from 2011 until 2014 and currently help out as an associate director in Region 9.

Since becoming a journalist in 2002, I’ve focused on natural resource and social justice issues in the southwestern United States. I am not a reporter who covers breaking news or does quick hit journalism. My goal is to take complex topics—including climate change, energy development, and water rights—and write narrative-driven stories that will inspire wise decision-making.

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, follow me on Twitter at @LauraPaskus, or check out my pictures on Instagram (search for Laura Paskus).

 

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