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.

While Trump supporters and protesters duked it out in the Duke City, On the Democratic front, former President Bill Clinton was in Espanola Tuesday, campaigning for Hillary.  KSFR's Dennis Carroll has the story. 

In the race for the County Commission seat in District 2, challenger Anna Hansen suggests that her opponent, incumbent Miguel Chavez, has been less than responsive to Residents concerns. KSFR's Dennis Carroll wraps up his interviews with the two candidates.

As the June 7 New Mexico primary election nears, Santa Fe area candidates  are knocking on more doors and pounding campaign signs into the ground wherever anyone will let them.  And so it is in the race for County commissioner in District 2, generally centered around the Agua Fria area.  There, community activist Anna Hansen is challenging incumbent Miguel Chavez.  KSFR’s Dennis Carroll caught up with Chavez who says his experience as both a city counselor and county commissioner makes him the most qualified candidate. 

More fallout from the nation’s first nuclear detonation. A group representing people living near the Trinity test site has expressed strong objections to the National Cancer Institute's health study. That study is planned to assess possible damage to residents’ health from the first detonation in 1945 of the first atomic bomb. KSFR's Dennis Carroll has this report.

The two most significant factors causing New Mexico's epidemic of alcohol and opiate overdose deaths are unrelenting poverty and doctors who overprescribe narcotic painkillers -- that according to health officials who addressed a conference on drug and alcohol addiction in Santa Fe last weekend. KSFR's Dennis Carroll has this report.

Dennis Carroll

Visitors to the New Mexico History Museum can now travel back in time to experience the colorful and iconic history of lowriders in New Mexico. KSFR's Dennis Carroll has this report.

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.