This week saw another crushing blow to local journalism in this country. After DNAInfo in New York City and Gothamist voted to unionize, their owner, billionaire Joe Ricketts, responded by shutting down the entire network of local, neighborhood-level journalism in cities across the country. This latest occurrence underscores, yet again, the importance of local journalism. And of supporting local journalism, the type of journalism we do here at NM Political Report. Donate now so we can continue our coverage of New Mexico issues.
We’re happy to announce our former senior reporter Joey Peters won first place in Continuing Coverage or Unfolding News category in the National Federation of Press Women 2017 Communications Contest. The award recognizes his coverage of the ongoing SNAP scandal at the state Human Services Department. Peters wrote more than two dozen stories about the New Mexico Human Services Department’s trouble following federal law on emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program applications. He broke news of state workers testifying in federal court they were told to change applications by adding fake funds, which gave the state more time to process the applications. This meant that those who sought emergency funding to feed their families had to wait to learn whether they’d receive funding food.
After more than two years of award-winning and investigative work and writing over 450 stories, Joey Peters will be leaving NM Political Report later this month. Peters will be moving back to his home state of Minnesota with his wife. Peters has worked at NM Political Report since April 2015, just a few months after it’s inception, and in that time he broke big stories and won multiple awards. In 2015, one of his award-winning stories put NM Political Report on the map for many readers. Peters broke the news that a recently-resigned deputy superintendent at Albuquerque Public Schools was facing trial for sexual assault on a child.
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