Here is a selection of articles and editorials about Searchlight New Mexico's work, as well as links to appearances by our journalists in other media.

Tools to empower the public

The Santa Fe New Mexican praised Searchlight New Mexico's Your Data portal in a Nov. 20 lead editorial, noting our efforts to "make public information better available to the public — for free."

Today, many news organizations lack the resources to sue over access to public records; with the work of Searchlight, those records will be gathered and made available through a permanent digital record. This is important. No matter who is governor or mayor, these archives will be available to the people who want or need the information.

You can read the full editorial here.

Nonprofit investigative news

The Columbia Journalism Review, in a Dec. 8 feature article, singled out Searchlight New Mexico as one of a new group of financially strong local- and state-level independent investigative reporting sites.

Several aspects of investigative nonprofits’ early success are hopeful indicators about this sector’s future. One is that they’ve been able to thrive in small states like Iowa, New Hampshire, and Maine, as well as in large states. Three of the 10 largest investigative operations are in Oklahoma and New Mexico.

You can read the full article here.

Our staff and the media

Reporter Lauren Villagran discussed Searchlight New Mexico's upcoming series on the well-being of New Mexico's children during an interview on KRWG-TV’s In Focus. Watch the video here.


Data editor John R. Roby spoke about Searchlight New Mexico's Your Data portal with the Rio Grande Foundation's Paul Gessing on the foundation's Dec. 2 Tipping Point radio program. You can listen to the full interview here.