UNM students reporting for Raising New Mexico will be working in alignment with our new partner, Searchlight New Mexico, a non-profit investigative journalism service based in Santa Fe. Searchlight NM is taking the lead on the Raising New Mexico project — focusing 2018 coverage on the tragic state of child well-being in New Mexico.
Throughout 2018 News Port will share the professional reporting from the Searchlight team. Additional reporting will be added and the hope is that the coverage informs the public conversation and the public agenda in a pivotal election year.
By Ed Williams / Searchlight NM Editor’s note: To better understand the challenges and circumstances our children face, Searchlight New Mexico is spending a year visiting and profiling kids from every corner of the state. Read more profiles on our website, http://projects.searchlightnm.com/7yo-profiles/ Lawrance Cordova has lived in a working-class neighborhood in northeast Albuquerque all 11 […]
By Lauren Villagran / Searchlight NM / Communities nationwide are trying to crack the same nut: how to narrow the achievement gap between rich and poor kids. Pensacola, Fla., became one of the country’s first cities to dub itself an “Early Learning City.” With leadership from the business community, it linked up with the University […]
A CONVERSATION WITH QUINT STUDER By Lauren Villagran / Searchlight NM / Main story on this topic: 30 Million Words Quint Studer came to Pensacola, Florida, from Chicago about 20 years ago to turn around a troubled hospital. He ended up turning around the whole town. Culturally, Pensacola is less Florida than […]
JOURNALIST SEES HER FLORIDA HOMETOWN BOOSTED BY PROGRAM FOR KIDS By Lauren Villagran / Searchlight NM / Of all places to look for solutions, why Pensacola, Fla.? Up until a decade ago, the Pensacola I knew was a pretty town with a stagnant economy based on summer beach tourism, a large Navy base — […]
GRAPPLING WITH POVERTY, JOB LOSS AND NO PLACE TO PAY By Lauren Villagran / Searchlight NM ANTHONY, N.M. — Halfway between El Paso and Las Cruces is the place where Texas and New Mexico meet: four square miles of bucolic small-town America, surrounded by sprawling pecan orchards, farmland and dairies stocked with thousands of […]
BUT TWO DEMOCRATS RESPOND TO SEARCHLIGHT’S QUESTIONS IN DETAIL By Sara Solovitch / Searchlight NM When Searchlight New Mexico sent a questionnaire to the state’s gubernatorial candidates, we received lengthy and thoughtful responses from all four. When we sent a similar questionnaire to the five land commissioner candidates, we heard back from just two. […]
By Victor Onimole / NM News Port / New Mexico will be spending more money on behavioral health services for youths starting this July as part of an effort to get at root causes of juvenile delinquency while trying to avoid youth incarceration. The Children, Youth and Families Department received more than $15 million dollars […]
Searchlight New Mexico asked seven prominent citizens and change-makers to weigh in on “The Road So Far,” the first group of stories in our yearlong series on the challenges children face growing up in our state. Why, we asked, given all the time and effort spent trying to improve the conditions for children over the […]
New Mexico’s future: To better understand the challenges and circumstances our children face, Searchlight New Mexico is spending a year visiting and profiling kids from every corner of the state. In this home, the Navajo language unlocks tradition and identity BY AMY LINN/ RAISING NEW MEXICO / Tyler Bennallie, 11, sprawls on the floor of […]
By Elias Manriquez/ New Mexico News Port/ The statewide high school graduation rates for the class of 2017 were released by the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED), showing improvement at nine of 13 traditional high schools in the Albuquerque Public Schools (APS). However, overall, the state of New Mexico ranks among the worst when […]
By Christian Marquez / NM News Port / Nicole Leyba saw human misery while working with Rohingya refugees in Myanmar, but after she came home to Albuquerque she encountered another group in crisis when she took a job at New Day Youth and Family Services, a runaway and homeless youth shelter. “I had no […]
In Albuquerque neighborhood, trauma and cyclical family struggles put children at risk Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of stories by Searchlight New Mexico that will explore neighborhoods with some of the worst predictors of child well-being in the state. BY LESLIE LINTHICUM /RAISING NEW MEXICO — THE ROAD SO FAR/ It’s […]