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.

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

I’ve served on the Society of Professional Journalists Rio Grande Chapter board of directors since 2011, and am currently president.

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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