Marisa Demarco

Marisa Demarco

Marisa Demarco is an Albuquerque-based journalist and lifelong New Mexican whose work has won national and regional awards. She's spent almost two decades as a reporter, producer and newsroom leader, co-founding the New Mexico Compass, and editing and writing for the Weekly Alibi, the Albuquerque Tribune and UNM's Daily Lobo. She began a career in radio full-time at KUNM News in late 2013 and covered public health and criminal legal reform for much of the last seven years. During the pandemic, she was also the executive producer for “Your NM Gov” and “No More Normal,” shows focused on the varied impacts of COVID-19 and community response, as well as racial and social justice.


Tell me a story. Say true things.

By: - February 13, 2023

I’m sitting in my backyard. It’s still winter. The sun doesn’t seem to know.  It’s my last day as the editor of Source New Mexico. I don’t seem to know either. Not really. Incoming Editor Shaun Griswold gave me an assignment: write a love letter to my home state, to be published on his first […]

Solomon Pena poses for a photo with a crowd behind him.

Solomon Pena to be jailed until his next hearing; APD chief issues statement on justice

By: - January 18, 2023

Solomon Pena made his first appearance in court Wednesday afternoon. Judge Jill Martinez at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court concluded there was probable cause in the case before kicking it to District Court since Pena is facing multiple felony offenses. The District Attorney’s Office filed a motion to keep Pena incarcerated as the case unfolds. […]

A portrait of newly appointed Rep. Flor Yanira Gurrola Valenzuela

Educator ready to serve her first term in the Roundhouse

By: - January 13, 2023

A political version of musical chairs concluded this week during a meeting of the Bernalillo County Commission, tasked with filling empty legislative seats over the last couple of months. Democratic Rep. Flor Yanira Gurrola Valenzuela was surprised and honored, she said, to be selected Monday by the commission to fill the House seat in the […]

Remnants of a house that the Hermits Peak-Calf Canyon Fire burned up are surrounded by dead trees in Mora County.

Deadline draws near for comments about how FEMA will distribute billions in NM fire recovery aid

By: - January 10, 2023

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is deciding how New Mexicans will go about seeking compensation after being hurt or losing property because of the massive wildfire up north last year.  Billions of dollars are on the line, destined for families that suffered as a result of the Hermit’s Peak-Calf Canyon Fire, which began as two […]

A school bus rounds the corner in Albuquerque

Congress green-lights NM plan to further tap the land grant fund for public education

By: - December 23, 2022

A few lines in the 4,126-page measure Congress sent to President Biden’s desk for signature Friday will mean hundreds of millions more in funding for New Mexico’s public school students each year.  Voters in N.M. overwhelmingly approved pulling an additional 1.25% from the state’s multi-billion dollar Land Grant Permanent Fund for education each year. Because […]

Electrical transmission power line, beautiful sunset sky on background

What’s the deal with New Mexico’s PRC?

By: , , and - December 1, 2022

If you’ve never heard of the state’s Public Regulation Commission, you’ve likely still observed the consequences of its decisions in your daily life. On your electricity bill, for example. Or your gas bill. Your water bill.  Commissioners also have a hand in broadband and telecommunications around the state, and field consumer complaints.  Transportation, too. Staff […]


Legendary author Rudolfo Anaya on banning books

By: - September 21, 2022

Ten years ago, Bless Me, Ultima was being pulled from the shelves in Arizona classrooms as Tucson’s Mexican American Studies program was dismantled.  I was a reporter at Albuquerque’s now defunct alt-weekly. In our rundown brick office, I pulled out the city’s actual phone book. The big old paper version was already like a thing […]


Year one of Source New Mexico

By: - August 31, 2022

We have these meetings when our network is welcoming a new editor-in-chief who’s in the early days of pulling together a staff and planning for the launch of a news outlet in their state. The other EICs offer brief advice.  Mine is always: Hire people you enjoy talking with, because you’re going to have to […]

Biden extends feds’ full wildfire coverage into November

By: - August 24, 2022

After a presidential declaration expired earlier this month leaving the state to cover a chunk of the costs from the wildfire in northern New Mexico, the White House announced Wednesday that the feds will pay that bill and all expenses into November. President Biden came to New Mexico this summer and said the federal government […]


Ronchetti camp can’t stop a scrappy, independent press

By: - August 16, 2022

Source NM’s senior reporter pulled a piece of posterboard out of the trash outside a campaign event Sunday and hastily sharpied a sign that read: Shaun Griswold’s inspired outreach is exactly what I meant when I wrote the word “scrappy” into our slogan. Never mind the barriers. We’ll get you the story — this time […]

Source NM staff and contributors recognized in this year’s NAJA contest

By: - July 22, 2022

The annual Native American Journalists Association contest features top reporting from across the U.S. and Canada. Most divisions recognize Indigenous journalists, but journalists covering Native American issues who aren’t Indigenous are encouraged to apply in others. Source New Mexico is proud to have placed in both.  Our entries represent work from the last four months […]


On the word ‘lie’ and passive voice in covering the SWAT raid

By: - July 15, 2022

A home burned down. A boy died inside. Regardless of everything I’m about to say a little further down about how those two statements are phrased, those are the most important things to center as we continue pursuing the story about what SWAT did and why last week in Albuquerque.  Brett Rosenau was 15. If […]