Lissa Knudsen

Lissa Knudsen

Lissa Knudsen was the news editor at the New Mexico Daily Lobo, following a stint as the publication’s public health beat reporter. She also worked as a data analyst for local NPR affiliate KUNM News. Her areas of coverage include politics and policy with an emphasis on racial and gender equity. Knudsen holds a bachelor's degree in health science and a master's degree in program planning and health education. She’s a critical cultural communication doctoral candidate, emphasizing reproductive justice, maternity and health. She is a board member of the New Mexico Public Health Association. Before she realized she was supposed to be a journalist, Knudsen was involved in local politics up until mid-2014, getting into hot water with her bosses as she pushed for transparency and public accountability.

Despite immigration reform setback, N.M. advocates are not deterred

By: - September 22, 2021

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program opened doors for Viviana Arciniaga.  “It gave me the opportunity to stay here in the United States, to pursue a career or to have a job,” she said. “But, most importantly, it gave me the peace of mind to just not have the fear of being deported for […]

Congress weighs immigration reforms that could have a big impact on New Mexico

By: - September 10, 2021

The idea of providing citizenship to essential workers evolved from the existing law that allows undocumented people who fight in combat for the U.S. to become eligible.   That’s according to Kenneth Romero the chair of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, a coalition of the 40 most prominent Latino organizations in the United States. “At the […]

Poor access to menstrual products in N.M. creates health hazards

By: - September 7, 2021

Advocates are illuminating for state legislators the expense of tampons, cups and pads in a low-income state, promising to again seek a tax break on menstrual products in the coming session. Their argument: Cutting the cost is one quick way to create more equity and dignity for people who need these products. Lawmakers balked at […]

Boosters are coming soon to N.M., but some vaccine distrust lingers

By: - September 2, 2021

Sandra Jean Taylor, a lactation consultant with a bachelor’s degree in nutritional science, has already scheduled her COVID-19 booster shot.  She also found a Moderna vaccine trial for 7- and 11-year-old children and signed up her two children. “I am volunteering them for science,” Taylor said she told the recruitment team. “I feel 100% comfortable […]

Gun storage law in the works after ABQ middle school shooting

By: - August 31, 2021

Editor’s Note: We are not naming the suspect in the shooting because it is our policy to not name juvenile offenders who are not being tried as adults. A coalition of Albuquerque-area state lawmakers is drafting a bill to create the Bennie Hargrove Gun Safety Act during the coming 30-day legislative session or a special […]