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 John R. Roby / Searchlight NM New Mexico is over a year late in following a law that compels greater transparency in vendor contracts. In 2015, the legislature passed — without a single “no” vote — bills requiring the state to clearly indicate on the Sunshine Portal whether a contract went to a resident […]
SEARCHLIGHT ANALYSIS FINDS GROWING RELIANCE ON OUT-OF-STATE VENDORS By John R. Roby / Searchlight NM Billions of taxpayer dollars have flowed out of state since 2013 due to government purchases that are not filled — or cannot be filled — by New Mexico companies, a Searchlight New Mexico analysis finds. Over the past five […]
By Lauren Villagran / Searchlight NM They told me they were going to handcuff me, and I begged them not to do it in front of my daughter. I said goodbye to my daughter and I told another young girl, a little older, who also had been separated to take care of my daughter. They […]
By Lauren Villagran / Searchlight NM SANTA FE — A death threat against immigration attorney Allegra Love launched an FBI investigation and forced the Santa Fe advocate to abandon her home until the danger passed, sources have told Searchlight New Mexico. The threat came in an April 29 voicemail from a New Mexico phone number. […]
EDUCATED WORKERS ARE LEAVING THE STAE IN SEARCH OF A BRIGHT FUTURE By Amy Linn / Searchlight NM Leaving New Mexico wasn’t a maybe — it was a have-to for Jesse Wood, a Farmington kid who graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2014. Like thousands of other grads, he was smart, talented […]
ADVOCATES CALL ON POLICYMAKERS TO PUT KIDS FIRST By John R. Roby / Searchlight NM Editor’s note: Searchlight New Mexico receives funding support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Prospects for children in New Mexico are the worst in the nation, according to newly released data that rank states across 16 measures of child […]
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. […]