Bio

mediaCurrently, I’m the environment reporter at New Mexico Political Report and am writing a book for the University of New Mexico Press, titled “At the Precipice: New Mexico’s Changing Climate.”  I also report for KUNM-FM (89.9 Albuquerque) and New Mexico PBS.

For about a decade as an independent reporter, I wrote for national, regional, and local outlets, including Indian Country Today, National Geographic OnlineHigh Country News, Santa Fe ReporterAl Jazeera America, Ms. Magazine, Columbia Journalism Review, The Mountain Gazette, The Progressive, World Wildlife Fund Magazine, Audubon Magazine, The Nature Conservancy Magazine, New Mexico In Depth, and Orion. In the past, I worked as assistant editor of High Country News and managing editor of Tribal College Journal

This year, I’m also an artist-in-residence at the University of New Mexico’s School of Law Art Gallery. If you live in Albuquerque,  you should swing by the law school at 1117 Stanford NE.

Since becoming a journalist in 2002, I’ve focused on natural resource and social justice issues in the southwestern United States. 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. Also? I obsess over things like the Rio Grande, endangered species, and the connections people have with landscapes.

Before becoming a muckraker, 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 or follow me on Twitter at @LauraPaskus.