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.

As part of KSFR’s series on older Americans, we looked in our own backyard for tips on how to find work when you’re over 50.  The Santa Fe Community College was one of four community colleges in the nation to receive a grant from the AARP foundation to deliver intensive work training programs for older women.  The foundation is the charitable arm of AARP, the nation’s largest advocacy group for older Americans.  Reporter Dennis Carroll brings us the story.

Meow Wolf's opening multimedia art exhibition, the House of Eternal Return, has become a big hit not only among paying patrons but also nearby  businesses.  They credit the art collaboration for a big jump in customers and foresee a rebirth of the southside neighborhood. KSFR's Dennis Carroll reports. 

As part of an ongoing conversation about improving Santa Fe’s schools, an interfaith group of residents joined forces and talents. They want to not only recommend ways to improve problem areas in Santa Fe Public Schools, but also to help implement their suggestions. KSFR's Dennis Carroll has this report from their most recent forum.

Today outside the Santa Fe Courtyard Marriott Hotel, protesters gathered as millions of acres of BLM land was auctioned off across the west. It’s a monthly auction event that today drew dozens of people who wanted to speak out against fracking on public lands. KSFR’s Dennis Carroll was there and brings us this report.

Santa Fe Public Schools has taken the first step toward creating a new middle school by consolidating existing Capshaw and Devargas middle schools’ boundaries. KSFR’s Dennis Carroll brings us this report.

The newly renovated museum at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque is already drawing visitors from near and far. KSFR's Dennis Carroll toured the museum on its opening day last Saturday. 

Last night at St John’s College, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor spoke to an audience a thousand people strong about her life, obstacles she overcame to join the country’s highest bench and how people need to be involved in the political process. KSFR’s Dennis Carroll was there and brings us this report.

This weekend is the biannual opportunity for civilians to visit the Trinity Test Site where the first atomic bomb was detonated. KSFR’s Dennis Carroll gets an update on studies by downwinders impacted by the blast.

A new law allows 17-year-olds to vote in the June 7 New Mexico primary elections if they will be 18 by the November 8 general elections.  KSFR's Dennis Carroll sat in on a government-politics class at Capital High School to assess the reaction of young first-time voters to this raucous and sometimes tawdry presidential campaign.

Emmett Garcia of the Santa Ana Pueblo has traveled the world telling stories of mischievous coyotes, rascal rabbits and snarky snakes. All in an effort to stave off the demise of storytelling as a way of preserving the traditions and mores of indigenous cultures. KSFR's Dennis Carroll talked with Garcia  about his latest project, passing on the art of storytelling to children at schools and in communities across New Mexico. 

In part 2 of our wide-ranging interview with new Santa Fe Police Chief Patrick Gallagher, KSFR’s Dennis Carroll sat down with Gallagher to discuss, among other things, issues surrounding the use of deadly force here and in Albuquerque, new ways of addressing domestic violence and police encounters with the mentally ill, and the increasing problem of recruiting new officers. 

To listen to part one of this interview, Click Here. 

In a wide-ranging two-part interview, Santa Fe’s New Police Chief Patrick Gallagher, reveals his views on such topics as officers’ encounters with the mentally ill, the homeless, use of deadly force, a persistent rash of burglaries  and his ultimate goals for the department.

In part one, Dennis Carroll asks Gallagher about his background in police work. 

To listen to part two of this interview, Click Here. 

In a rare glimpse into Masonic rituals, members of the Scottish Rite temple in Santa Fe held an open house at the local Masonic Center this past Saturday. KSFR's Dennis Carroll was in attendance, and brings us this report. 

An estimated 400 students from Santa Fe High Schools marched from the Capitol into the downtown area and back Wednesday in a show of sadness for those who have died at the hands of  drunk drivers, but also as an expression of hope for a continued decrease in the number of DWI deaths and injuries. KSFR’s Dennis Carroll reports from the Roundhouse.

The Nambe Pueblo recently celebrated the grand opening of its long-debated casino in the Nambe Falls Travel Center along U.S. 84/250. The 184-slot gaming center is squeezed between two much larger casinos, but tribal and player optimism is running high. KSFR’s Dennis Carroll reports.