Dennis Carroll


Dennis J. Carroll is a veteran journalist based in Santa Fe.. He has written extensively on health and environmental issues regarding nuclear weapons workers and atomic testing. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe and other major daily newspapers across the country.

Dennis and a colleague were recipients of the Iowa Associated Press First Place Award for Continuing News Coverage of previously unreported health problems among former nuclear weapons workers. That reporting  resulted in the intervention by the University of Iowa College of Public Health to aid the workers. . Dennis was also awarded the Defense Department's Certificate  of Appreciation for Patriotic Civilian Service  and later served as a speechwriter and children's issues policy adviser in the Iowa governor's office.

Dennis' exclusive reporting in the Santa Fe New Mexican also has brought worldwide attention to the decades of suffering and abandonment by residents of southern New Mexico, and their descendants, who lived in the path of the radioactive fallout cloud produced by the world's first detonation of an atomic bomb, the Manhattan Project's 1945 Trinity Test.

Two top Covid-19 scientists at the University of New Mexico warn it ain’t over yet. KSFR’s Dennis Carroll reports.

Legislation to require New Mexico high schools to offer mandatory financial literacy classes is making its way through the state Legislature. KSFR's Dennis Carroll reports. 

Capital High School

As the Covid-19 virus rampages through New Mexico, students and teachers in hard-hit south Santa Fe neighborhoods have launched a determined effort to reduce the spread of the virus among south-side Santa Fe families.

KSFR's Dennis Carroll talked with organizers of the awareness and food distribution projects.

The Ruidoso News

In the last in a series of stories marking the 75th anniversary of the Trinity Test this year, reporter Dennis Carroll looks at the first study of possible health effects on New Mexicans caused by that first nuclear detonation.

In a bit of irony, Carroll shares criticism of the National Cancer Institute report from advocates who were alive on that mid-summer day in 1945--and their descendants. And, he also reports on efforts to ensure that Trinity’s downwinders no longer remain left-out of the history books.

Dennis Carroll

This year is the 75th anniversary of the Trinity Test in southern New Mexico. It was the first detonation of a nuclear device –the unleashing of the unholy might of the tiny atom.

In the second in a series of reports marking the anniversary, reporter Dennis Carroll talks with two nuclear scientists intimately familiar with the test – now considered by some to be the world’s first nuclear accident whose first victims may have been dozens of infants. Next in the series: Downwinders’ quest for redress and justice, and possibly revisionist history in the making.

This year is the 75th anniversary of the Trinity Test in southern New Mexico. It was the first detonation of a nuclear device—the unleashing of the unholy might of the tiny atom.

To mark the occasion, reporter Dennis Carroll, in an ongoing series of reports, examines what we have learned about the changing attitudes, the shroud of secrecy, claims of bad science and the apparent utter disregard for Trinity’s neighbors that now surround the test and its aftermath decades later.


The Santa Fe business community is slowly coming back to life as businesses reopen under state-mandated restrictions and guidelines designed to limit the spread of the novel corona virus.

Has it been a smooth ride or have there been major bumps along the long road back to normal? To find out, KSFR’S Dennis Carroll reached out to three owners of local retail outlets recently given the green light to open.

Currently nine states and the District of Colombia have legalized recreational use of marijuana for adults over 21. Supporters of such a measure in New Mexico now point to a new public opinion survey they say shows New Mexicans’ growing support for legal cannabis here. KSFR’s Dennis Carroll prepared this report.

Santa Fe New Mexican

The owner of Santa Fe’s Top Dog Resort kennel, Sharon Newcomb, has had a love affair with dogs for as long she can remember: Big dogs, little dogs, mongrels and purebreds.  Newcomb has loved and cared for them all.  

Now she has been chosen as one of only seven judges for the group finals in next February's prestigious Westminster dog show at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Newcomb talks about the how’s and whys of being selected with KSFR’s Dennis Carroll, and offers a few behind the scene scoops.

KSFR's Dennis Carroll interviews Turkish-born Santa Fe businesswoman Nedret Gürler about her homeland's recent vote to expand the powers of President Recep Erdoğan.

Dennis Carroll

We focus on what’s going on at the New Mexico Legislature today with three reports on proposed legislation.

First, Dennis Carroll reports on a package of bills supported by a coalition of NM Womens’ organizations that support access to reproductive healthcare, including access to contraception and abortion in New Mexico. 

Last Thursday in Española, Tewa Women United hosted a solar celebration of their renewable energy installation. KSFR’s Dennis Carroll was there.

Dennis Carroll

Their energy seems unbounded, their commitment to the community unparalleled. They are Santa Fe’s Living Treasures.  Four of them were honored recently for devoting their many talents and much of their time to making life easier for some of Santa Fe’s most vulnerable.  KSFR’s Dennis Carroll brings us their stories.

Dennis Carroll

As the weather grows colder, the plight of the homeless grows more grueling.

Santa Fe Need and Deed works closely with the homeless and near-homeless in the city. Last weekend they convened a meeting between the public, homeless people, and law enforcement. Dennis Carroll was there.

Dennis Carroll

Native food sovereignty was on the table at a recent event at Museum Hill. KSFR's Dennis Carrol has the story on the movement for healthy, sustainable food that has taken hold in Native communities.