I am an independent reporter and radio producer based in New Mexico. My work has appeared in Al Jazeera America, Ms. Magazine, Indian Country Today, National Geographic OnlineHigh Country News, Santa Fe Reporter, New Mexico In Depth, The Nature Conservancy Magazine, New Mexico Magazine, The Progressive, Columbia Journalism Review, The Mountain Gazette, Women’s eNews, Forest, Audubon, Orion, and Law & Politics.

This fall, I started a new reporting project in cooperation with New Mexico In Depth. Titled “At the Precipice: New Mexico’s Changing Climate,” the project focuses on the statewide impacts of climate change as well as on state and federal policies. In the coming year, I’ll be travelling around New Mexico, interviewing scientists, water managers, elected officials, community and church leaders, ranchers and farmers, teachers and students — and all sorts of New Mexicans.

I also report for KUNM 89.9. I just completed a radio series exploring energy development in northwestern New Mexico. You can see those stories at

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.

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


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