Mary Lou Cooper

Mary Lou Cooper reports on consumer issues for KSFR as well as on politics and elder affairs. She also assists radio journalist Dave Marash at KSFR, conducting research and booking for the “Here and There with Dave Marash” program. She has worked for the U.S. Congress as well as for the Nevada and Tennessee legislatures, and remains a political junkie. She worked many years for an association of Western state legislatures and was a contributor to “Capitol Ideas,” a national magazine about state government.  In 2016 Cooper received a public service award from the New Mexico Broadcasting Association for her KSFR story on Internet romance scams.  She has received journalism awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and from the National Federation of Press Women. She grew up in Oak Ridge, TN and received her BA from Emory University in Atlanta and her MA from the University of Texas Austin.  She also holds fiction and screenwriting certificates from the University of Washington.

New Mexico campaign finances have grabbed the headlines in recent days--specifically, the activities of Governor Martinez’s chief political consultant Jay McCleskey. Today, reporter Mary Lou Cooper explores the federal angle of the story.

November is National Adoption Month, an initiative from the federal government, AdoptUSKids and the Ad Council.  This year’s focus is on older children, since at the national level more than 41 percent of kids awaiting adoption are aged 15-18. KSFR reporter Mary Lou Cooper brings us the story.

Fall is a great time for curling up with a crackling good mystery.  It’s also a great time for mystery writers to gather here in Santa Fe for the annual Tony Hillerman Writer’s Conference, which takes placeThursday through Saturday.  KSFR reporter and mystery lover Mary Lou Cooper brings us the details.

More than 157 million Americans will celebrate Halloween this year.  We’ll spend almost seven billion dollars on decorations, candy, costumes and such.  More than 60 percent of us will hand out candy, and more than 40 percent of us will decorate our yards, dress in costumes and carve pumpkins.  That’s according to the National Retail Federation.   For kids especially, it’s that magical time of the year when ghosts and goblins rule the day… and night.  KSFR’s Mary Lou Cooper brings us some tips to make this Halloween a safe, as well as enjoyable, holiday.  

Grandparents raising grandchildren is a growing phenomenon, nationally and here in New Mexico.  In Rio Arriba County, 60 percent of children under age 6 are in the care of grandparents. On Friday, October 16, a statewide conference on this topic will take place at the Santa Fe Convention Center.  Reporter Mary Lou Cooper talks with a conference organizer to learn more.

In our feature report, KSFR reporter Mary Lou Cooper takes a look at why so many grandparents are raising grandkids these days.  She turns to AARP, the nation’s largest advocate for older Americans, to find out about the issues these grandmas and grandpas face and the resources available to help them out.

As part of KSFR's series on consumer protection, we took a look at the do's and don'ts for consumers who are thinking about buying a used car. Mary Lou Cooper brings us the story.

KSFR continues its ongoing consumer-protection series with today's feature on deceptive practices in the automobile repair industry.  Mary Lou Cooper talks with the New Mexico Attorney General's office to learn more.  

The American Automobile Association predicts that more than 35 thousand New Mexicans will hit the roads, rails and skies this Labor Day weekend. 86-percent of those will travel by automobile.  KSFR’s Mary Lou Cooper asked AAA to give our listeners tips for a safe and enjoyable holiday.

You've probably heard the famous quote that "Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it."  Well, it's true.  Rain or shine, we KSFR weather junkies can't stop talking about the weather.  Today, reporter Mary Lou Cooper takes a look at 2015 New Mexico weather--where we've been and what's ahead.

In partnership with the New Mexico Attorney General's office, KSFR has launched a series of reports on consumer protection issues.  Today's story on mortgage foreclosure is the first in that series. 

In Part 1 of KSFR’s story about on-line dating scams, reporter Mary Lou Cooper spoke with AARP fraud specialist Dr. Doug Shadel.  Shadel told  the story of “Amy,” a widow who lost hundreds of thousands of dollars to an anonymous romance scammer.  In today’s follow-up piece, we learn more about Amy and about the love con artists who prey on vulnerable men and women.