Taylor Velazquez

Reporter

Taylor Velazquez has always had a passion for writing and telling stories. Graduating from the University of New Mexico in May of 2021 with degrees in both Political Science and American Studies, she is ready to dedicate her time to reporting. 

She has interned at Albuquerque The Magazine, but over the past few years she found herself drawn towards broadcasting and public radio. With her experience at KUNM radio in Albuquerque as an intern, her focus has been on reporting social justice issues and plans to continue that work.  In her down time she enjoys listening to podcasts, practicing yoga, and being a proud dog mom to her very stubborn dachshund. 

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Food insecurity has been a persistent struggle that COVID-19 only worsened and shined a light on. Now, the pandemic seems to be in the rearview mirror for many, but the issues of hunger are still persisting for many New Mexicans. 

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In June, several whistleblowers at Fort Bliss military base came forward about the living conditions of migrant children. They allege unsafe conditions, panic attacks, and even children suffering from depression. Reporter Taylor Velazquez spoke with Bernardo Rafael Cruz from the ACLU of Texas, who’s been inside the facility, to talk about the notorious abuse. 

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Many New Mexicans and outdoor enthusiasts alike have more to celebrate during the upcoming holiday weekend, as fire restrictions are lifted in Northern New Mexico’s national forests.

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Researchers at New Mexico State University are setting out to take a deeper look at the effects of climate change. Colleen Caldwell, the leader of the New Mexico Cooperative Fish and Wildlife co-op unit, is concerned how the many raging fires will impact the health of the state’s waters and the wildlife living beneath the surface.

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New Mexico’s Department of Agriculture's Rural Development office has launched a new grant program that offers opportunities for economic growth for rural New Mexicans. The grant application process opened earlier this week.