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.

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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 […]

Community outraged after a SWAT standoff leaves a teen dead and a home destroyed

By: - July 8, 2022

Demonstrators marched in Albuquerque’s International District Thursday night to protest police violence after an hourslong SWAT standoff ended in a home burning down and the death of a teen who was inside. “That young man lost his life … because the police did not stop and think about what they were doing,” said Sundra Coleman, […]


Looking back a couple of decades to shades of a post-Roe world

By: - June 21, 2022

I’ve gotten a chance, a couple of times, to tell the story of my entry into journalism. The first time I told it was at a talk in response to a high school student’s question — maybe an obligatory one asked to earn participation points that day.  I was an adolescent when I started what […]

People in the disaster zone have words for Biden ahead of his NM visit

By: , , , and - June 10, 2022

Voters who may have lost homes or just returned to scorched properties in northern New Mexico went to the polls anyway this week to cast ballots for the next round of local leaders who will help shape the rebuilding process.  As they did, Source New Mexico reporters spread out up north and stayed most of […]

New Mexico Primary Election Results 2022

By: , and - June 8, 2022

After winning the GOP primary for governor by a long shot on Tuesday, Republican Mark Ronchetti will take on Democratic incumbent Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in November’s general election.  “We have a governor that has decided that she will look out for the best interests of the elites in Santa Fe instead of you,” Ronchetti […]

NM Primary Preview 2022

By: , and - June 7, 2022

As Primary Election Day dawned, firefighting crews battle historic blazes around the state. Many people haven’t voted yet in the primary, and early turnout’s been fairly low statewide. But the people who are elected this cycle will have a lot to do with recovery efforts as whole regions of New Mexico rebuild in the coming […]