John Shannon


John Shannon is a writer and retired US Army officer with over twenty-six years in the military. He served two tours in Afghanistan—the first in 2005 with 3rd Group Special Forces and again in 2008 with the New York Army National Guard. He is a graduate of Cornell University and he now lives and writes in Santa Fe, New Mexico (USA). 

    His published work includes: “The Jump” in The BookPress, May 1998, Ithaca, NY; “Red Flowers” in The War Writer's Campaign, February 2014 and again in their print anthology ‘The VOW Anthology: Voices of War 2014,’ March 2015; “The Dirge” in Digital Americana Magazine, Winter 2014; “Convoy Operations” Scintilla Press, July 2014; “Brought Low” in the horror anthology, ‘High Strange Horror: Weird Tales of Paranoia and the Damned’ by Muzzleland Press, April 2015; and “The Road of My Desire or How The Way Forward Never Is” Wild Age Press, December 2015. 

KSFR's John Shannon spoke with the Director and Treasurer of the globe-trotting New Mexico Peace Choir who will be performing here in Santa Fe at the James A Little Theatre this Sunday 23 September 2018 at 3 PM 

KSFR's John Shannon discusses a landmark legal case involving fake Native American jewelry with local artist and advocate Liz Wallace.  

Today on KSFR's Wake-Up Call, you'll hear a re-cap of last night’s debate between New Mexico’s candidates for Governor: Republican Steve Pearce and Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham; Also today, John Shannon discusses a landmark legal case involving fake Native American jewelry with local artist and advocate Liz Wallace.

KSFR's John Shannon reports on a wide-ranging Santa Fe Community College course about horses and much deeper matters. - Horses in Myth, Legend and Spiritual Thought.

On Wednesday’s KSFR Wake-Up Call, on America Speaks, Tish Lampert has part two of her interview with photojournalist Quentin Williams. Also on the podcast: John Shannon reports on a wide-ranging Santa Fe Community College  class about horses and much deeper matters; Correspondent and commentator Martha Burk weighs-in later with her thoughts on so-called “campus carry” as colleges get back in session in many locations this month….And, KSFR film reviewer David D’Arcy provides his take on “American Dharma.”



Today on KSFR’s Wake-Up Call: Tom Trowbridge interviews Democratic candidate for N.M. Representative from District 43, Christine Chandler. Also: KSFR’s Ellen Lockyer has the story of the conspiracy theories that have been bandied about since the September 6th emergency evacuation and ten-day closure of the Sunspot Solar Observatory in southern New Mexico. And we’ll also hear about a new city of Santa Fe campaign to encourage eligible immigrants to register for U-S citizenship.

Today on KSFR’s Wake-Up Call: On Wednesday, Senator Martin Heinrich grilled two social media executives over election security, we’ll hear his comments. Also, host Tom Trowbridge gets an overview of New Mexico’s summer-time weather and the outlook for meteorological autumn; KSFR’s Mary Lou Cooper reports on a statewide initiative to promote Farm-to-School produce for meals in local schools…and Ellen Lockyer tells us its New Mexico State Fair Time.

Jennifer Jesse Smith

With Indian Market set to inundate downtown Santa Fe - KSFR's John Shannon spoke with a Native American artist and jeweler - Jennifer Jesse Smith - who will not be on the plaza this week-end but whose work is not far off - just up the road in fact - at the Nambe Trading Post

Today on KSFR’s Wake-Up Call: Santa Fe Police say gang activity has been on the upswing, and KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge explores the increase with two of the Santa Fe Police Department’s experts on gang activity. Also today, we hear from the first of two Santa Fe educators recently honored with the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, Delara Sharma, who teaches at Pinon Elementary School. Also honored was Sharyn Gray who teaches at Turquoise Trail charter school, we’ll hear from Gray on Tuesday.

John Shannon

The Native American Veterans Exhibit at Angel Fire's Vietnam Veterans Memorial officially opened on Saturday August 4th.  KSFR's John Shannon was there for the opening ceremony. 

KSFR's Art Beat Reporter John Shannon Spoke with Santa Fe Musician Peter Williams - whose show "Music in the Madness" plays on KSFR Thursday nights from 10 till 1. Peter tells John About working with the Funk band Cameo and about new music his own Band "The Sticky" has just produced.

On Monday’s KSFR Wake-Up Call: Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver shares with reporter Ellen Lockyer some timely New Mexico Primary election info. Also, KSFR fashion and art commentator Natahsa Nargis discusses the upcoming SFCC student fashion show. And, Tish Lampert will be on board with America Speaks speaking today with documentarian Robert Richter, who’s been covering vital issues for more than a half-century.

Mondays on Wake-Up Call, we air the series “America Speaks” with Tish Lampert. In today’s episode, Tish has the second part of her conversation with author Dennis McDougall.

KSFR independent producer Harlan McKosato’s illuminating three-part series on Native American Homelessness is particularly timely with the recent news of the murder of a homeless Navajo man in Albuquerque, allegedly at the hands of two teens, for quote, “just for fun.” Here now is episode three:

You can fix or learn about fixing broken goods Saturday at Make Santa Fe, located at 2879 All Trades Rd. Wake-Up Call host Tom Trowbridge speaks with Neal Denton, Santa Fe County’s Sustainability Specialist about the upcoming event.