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Shaun Griswold

Shaun Griswold

Shaun Griswold is a journalist in Albuquerque. He is a citizen of the Pueblo of Laguna, and his ancestry also includes Jemez and Zuni on the maternal side of his family. He grew up in Albuquerque and Gallup. He brings a decade of print and broadcast news experience. Shaun reports on issues important to Native Americans in urban and tribal communities throughout the state, including education and child welfare.

Two hedges covered in light snow, stand in the foreground of a the New Mexico State Land Office on Jan. 18, 2023. A red sign hangs above the entrance stating the Land Office has generated "more than $5.4 billion for our schools!" The sign has a blue border, red background and white font.

N.M. educators seek a role in setting requirements for extended learning

By: - January 24, 2023

Danielle Gurnea said she doesn’t mind the additional hours teaching middle school students in Las Cruces, and if state lawmakers approve additional funds for her public school district to expand extended learning or professional development, she just wants a say in the matter. “I enjoy doing programs with my school, but I also appreciate when […]

The Portales Schools Folklórica performs at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe on Jan. 18, 2023. The after school program is for high school and junior high students.

Folklórico dancers bring life to the rotunda while lawmakers mull over art and music in schools

By: - January 19, 2023

An athlete and an introvert dance together on top of the New Mexico seal inlaid in the floor at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe. The circumstances of how they got here is the perfect setup for a high school coming-of-age story. The athlete suffered an injury preventing him from being on the field, so he […]

18 people are present in the shot. Six people standing are elected officials, From right to left, Rep. Javier Martinez (D-Albuquerque), Sec. of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver (black shirt), former Rep. Brian Egolf, Sec. of Interior Deb Haaland, U.S. Rep. Teresa Leger Fernandez and U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury stand to applaud a line about abortion rights said by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham during her State of the State speech on Jan. 17, 2023 in Santa Fe.

Lujan Grisham calls on N.M. lawmakers to legally protect abortion rights during State of the State

By: - January 18, 2023

Cheers filled the House chambers in Santa Fe on Tuesday afternoon when Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced she wants to expand protections for abortion services and care in the state.  “We do that, and we make it clear to practitioners, to women and families that in every corner of this state: Your body autonomy and […]

Downtown Albuquerque New Mexico skyline shows four prominent hi rise buildings during daytime.

NM Rep. Javier Martínez becomes the sixth Democrat to report shots fired at his home, police have potential suspect in custody

By: - January 9, 2023

Rep. Javier Martínez is set to take on the role as the speaker of the House in the New Mexico Legislature when it convenes in Santa Fe on Jan. 17.  Today, the Democrat that represents areas in downtown and Old Town Albuquerque, is the fourth elected official from his party to report bullets fired at […]

New Mexico education funding tied to the fate of the omnibus bill in Congress

By: - December 20, 2022

New Mexico is one step closer to expanding funding for public schools and meeting the demand of voters in the state. Congress is doing its year-end negotiations to draft a spending bill to keep the federal government operable and pay for projects nationwide. Early this morning, lawmakers unveiled a $1.7 trillion spending package that includes […]

PED says it issued 4,000+ new teacher licenses. But there are still hundreds of vacancies.

By: - December 19, 2022

New Mexico waived fees for teacher licenses for a 60-day stretch during the spring. Education officials are beaming at the fact that the free window brought in thousands of new applicants to help fill the vacancies in classrooms across the state. Since the beginning of the year, the N.M. Public Education Department has issued 4,198 […]

Montezuma Elementary in Albuquerque

New Mexico public education secretary calls for more money to boost test scores, graduation rates

By: - December 16, 2022

Budget requests by state agencies for the 60-day legislative session are in, and the biggest was saved for last on Thursday. Public Education Secretary Kurt Steinhaus was the final boss to make his department’s pitch to the Legislative Finance Committee ahead of the 60-day session starting Jan. 17. The Public Education Department accounts for 45% […]

Early childhood educators and advocates hold a rally at the New Mexico Capitol Rotunda after a presentation to lawmakers asking for more money to support and expand access to child care or pre-k programs on Dec. 15, 2022.

Early childhood education advocates look for stopgap funding as they await a decision from Congress

By: - December 15, 2022

Early childhood education in New Mexico needs a bridge that officials say will cost almost $154 million. This money could cover day care and preschool costs, help with recruiting staff and boost aid for working parents in the state until Congress passes a bill allowing New Mexico to move money from the Land Grant Permanent […]

A statue of several children outside the entrance to the New Mexico state capitol is covered in snow.

State legislators approve changes to anti-harassment policy

By: - December 13, 2022

New Mexico lawmakers from both political parties had a heated debate Monday before approving changes to the Roundhouse anti-harassment policy in the wake of an investigation into allegations against a prominent state senator this year. Outgoing Rep. Daymon Ely (D-Albuquerque) took a third swing at changing the policy to open up a secretive process, add […]

Want to spread holiday cheer? Send a letter to an elder

By: - December 12, 2022

Personal letters can come few and far between for the residents living at the Dr. Guy Gorman Senior Care Home in Chinle, Arizona. Diné elders living at the home on the Navajo Nation could see their holiday loneliness eased by a card sent from your home. Liz McKenzie (Diné) is directing their Christmas spirit to […]

A propane tank with red letters that read, "NO SMOKING, FLAMMABLE" sits in front of wildfire smoke from the Hermits Peak-Calf Canyon Fire in northern New Mexico.

State’s 911 emergency system failing to locate every New Mexican. Rural homes missing from maps.

By: - December 6, 2022

When most New Mexicans call 911, operators are able to locate the emergency through the standard geographic information services that map out addresses. Now imagine you’re one of the thousands of people who are harder to locate because rural life sometimes means your home, mail and utility addresses point to three different locations. Emergency responders […]

Nine names heading to the governor, who will select a brand new Public Regulation Commission

By: - December 2, 2022

The committee responsible for sorting through the applicants who are seeking an appointment to the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission unanimously voted on Friday to refer nine names to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.  One notable name was not on the list: Commissioner Cynthia Hall, who served on the PRC since 2017 representing the Albuquerque area. […]