Biography

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, The Nature Conservancy Magazine, The Progressive, Columbia Journalism Review, The Mountain Gazette, Audubon, and Orion.

Currently, I’m reporting on climate change for New Mexico In Depth. Titled “At the Precipice: New Mexico’s Changing Climate,” the project focuses on the statewide impacts of climate change, science, and state and federal policies.

During the project’s first two months, I’ve covered: changes already occurring in New Mexico, the impacts of warming on wildlife, how the state Legislature cut funding for scientists studying drought and economic vulnerabilities, what happened at the UN meetings in Paris, the difference between climate and weather (and what that means in New Mexico), and how communities of faith are responding to the Earth’s warming.

Last year, I completed a radio series exploring energy development in northwestern New Mexico for KUNM 89.9 FM (Abq). You can see those stories at http://kunm.org/term/drilling-deep. And in 2015, fellow reporter Bryant Furlow and I completed 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 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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