Rita Daniels

Rita Daniels is an award winning radio reporter and host from northern New Mexico. Her work has been featured on NPR's All Things Considered, Snap Judgment, Making Contact, Fronteras, and Planet Money. 

Hannah Colton

 In October an Albuquerque judge ordered the public disclosure of a trove of documents concerning pedophile priests in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. While many accused priests are long dead, these documents brought to light information about a few former priests who still live in the communities where they abused. For our Dark Canyon series, Hannah Colton produced this documentary piece about a Las Vegas perpetrator and the Church leadership that protected him from consequences.

Rita Daniels reaches Cody Hooks, deputy editor of the Taos News, to discuss in greater detail the dozen names of priests, brothers and deacons who served in northern New Mexico churches -- and who appeared on the list of 74 credibly accused clergy released by Archbishop John Wester on September 12.

Here is Cody Hooks's story from September 21 detailing some of what he talks with Rita about today.


For the second feature-length installment of our series, our reporters go to Northern New Mexico where Catholicism has been a central part of life for centuries, since the Spanish conquest of New Mexico. The list of 74 credibly accused priests, brothers and deacons released by the Archbishop last month names more than a dozen priests who served the parishes in the Taos area.


The Archdiocese of Santa Fe last week shocked the state by releasing -- for the first time -- a list of 74 names of priests, deacons and brothers that it says have been credibly accused of sexually abusing children.

In a statement, Archbishop John Wester said he hopes the publication of the list will help victims and their communities to heal, and help rebuild trust in the Church.

Senator Heinrich keynoted the 2017 Wildlife Corridor and Connectivity Summit hosted by the New Mexico Wildlife Federation, Colorado Wildlife Federation, National Wildlife Federation and Trout Unlimited. The 2017 Summit focused on U.S. Forest Service landscape connectivity projects in the Upper Rio Grande Watershed and collaboration between local, state, federal, tribal and non-profit agencies and organizations.   

We journey with Rita Daniels to the buffalo pasture below Taos Mountain, from which she reported on last weekend’s 32nd annual Taos Pueblo Pow Wow. The Pow Wow draws singers, musicians, and dancers from Indian Country all over North America.

Michael DeYoung

KSFR's correspondent, Rita Daniels, dives into the developments of Taos' solar plan to be 100% solar by 2022 which looks to be a model for rural America. Details of Taos' decision to spend $37 million to get out of their Tristate contract are also included. 

Finally today, Rita Daniels takes to the open road — or maybe it’s called the crowded mountains —  near Taos.


Rita Daniels, News Director of KNCE True Taos Radio, checks in from Taos with some reporting highlights from her previous week in radio.

Gov. Susana Martinez has been on a state roadshow, talking about her vetoes. Here she talks with Rita Daniels on KNCE, True Taos Radio, in Taos. Rita's our Taos correspondent as well as news director for KNCE.

Rita Daniels, News Director of KNCE True Taos Radio, checks in from Taos with some reporting highlights from her past week in radio.


Rita Daniels is News Director at KNCE, True Taos Radio. She reports for us on what animated her week last week around Taos.

This week US Senator Martin Heinrich joined the Taos Pueblo Warchief, outdoor guidesmen, and leaders from Northern New Mexico to celebrate the more than one and a half million acres of public lands in the region. Reporter Rita Daniels was there and joined us live to talk about it.

The Taos Pueblo War Chief, Curtis Sandoval, delivered a prayer before the session started.

Businessman Nick Strait, who owns fly fishing enterprises, described what public lands mean to him.