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.

LIVE: State of the State 2022

By: - January 18, 2022

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham delivered the State of the State virtually on Tuesday to launch the 30-day legislative session. The session is budget-focused, though other measures can be added if the governor puts them on the call. Reporters and editors from around New Mexico fact-checked and annotated the speech live. Watch the address and scroll […]

Albuquerque advocates say the attack on democracy is still unfolding

By: - January 7, 2022

People aiming to protect voting rights and recall the full measure of what happened a year ago in the U.S. Capitol carried signs and filled out petitions in the cold on Albuquerque’s Civic Plaza Thursday evening as part of simultaneous gatherings marking Jan. 6 around the country. “What do we have to do to make […]


BernCo DA wields the state’s records law to try and track the movements of felony defendants

By: - January 7, 2022

Bernalillo County District Attorney Raúl Torrez made a public records request and — this won’t come as a surprise to anyone who’s ever filed one — received only some of the information he was after.  On Dec. 2, the DA’s Office sought a list of all defendants on GPS monitoring. What came back was a […]


NM lawmakers shouldn’t haggle over your voting districts behind closed doors

By: - December 14, 2021

Sunday afternoon, lawmakers hit pause on the redistricting special session — the part that we could see anyway. After tribal leaders strongly objected to what legislators were doing, the state’s elected officials closed the blinds and took the debate out of public view, hashing out state Senate voting districts in secret.  House and Senate floor […]

YOUNG AND INCARCERATED: Life sentences for people who aren’t yet 18

By: - November 20, 2021

It’s a moment in Santana Serrano’s life — just a few seconds really — when she was a teenager that changed everything. Source NM’s Austin Fisher brings us this series. Fisher reported that the basics of her case were not in question: Two younger guys got in a fight down in Hobbs, N.M. Serrano was […]


The U.S. needs paid bereavement leave and more grief counselors

By: - November 10, 2021

Months ago, my grief counselor recommended I make a tiny altar to stick in my backpack. She knew I had to keep working at my job through my grief. The tiny altar in a purse or in a desk drawer is an idea she recommends to just about everyone, she told me, because so many […]

Stadium bond sinks, but voter turnout rises

By: - November 3, 2021

A bond that would have put $50 million in taxpayer dollars toward a stadium for the United soccer team tanked yesterday with only about 35% of Albuquerque voters saying yes to the venture.  The team’s committee to support the measure spent over $800,000 during the campaign cycle, according to city finance records.  Back in January, […]

Election 2021

By: - November 2, 2021

  The Source New Mexico team was in the field all Election Day, talking with voters and scoping the lines at the polls. Head into the booth prepared: Scope a sample ballot Dig through Source NM’s coverage so far The League of Women Voters has its Voter Guides available, too, for: Bernalillo County Santa Fe […]


Welcome to Source New Mexico

By: - August 31, 2021

During round one of the pandemic, I spent a lot of time with the river that runs through the middle of Albuquerque. In a mask, I ran along its trails, inhaling the spicy yerba mansa scent when the Bosque was thick with them. I brought burritos in a backpack to a sandy bank, met a […]