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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The recent disappearance and murder of Gabby Petito has outraged people all over the world. But, what about the victims closer to home? 

Indigenous women go missing and are murdered regularly here in New Mexico at disportionate rates.

Reporter Taylor Velazquez speaks with lawmakers, advocates, and survivors about how vulnerable the state is when it comes to perpetuating violence against women. 

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This summer, the federal government announced that emergency pandemic SNAP benefits would be slashed at the end of September.

Now, the state of New Mexico has secured a small extension in these benefits for at least another month.

L-R: Rachael Lorenzo, Nicole Martin, Malia Luarkie, New Mexico Roundhouse, March 2019 | Courtesy of Indigenous Women Rising

A new law went into effect last week in Texas, making almost all abortions functionally illegal in the state. Experts say this is the most restrictive abortion bill yet, leaving many people looking to places like New Mexico to seek care.

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Earlier this month, a Border Patrol vehicle pursuit turned deadly.

Now, the ACLU of New Mexico and Texas are calling on Customs and Border Protection to conduct an independent investigation.

KSFR spoke with Rebecca Sheff, a senior staff attorney with the ACLU of New Mexico about the alarming pattern of Border Patrol crashes and the multiple lives lost. 

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During the pandemic, many relied on government relief to make ends meet. But, new research shows New Mexico’s Asian/Pacific Islander and African immigrants and refugees were left behind. New Mexico Voices For Children talks about how we can create more inclusive systems as the pandemic rages on.

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In KSFR's last installment of  conversations with the candidates for Santa Fe’s mayoral seat, reporter Taylor Velazquez sat down with incumbent Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber to talk about his plans for additional sustainability measures and rebuilding the city’s economy after last year’s COVID shutdowns.

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Continuing with KSFR's ongoing conversations with Santa Fe mayoral candidates, reporter Taylor Velazquez sat down with candidate JoAnne Vigil Coopler to chat about potential policies on housing and her goals of fiscal responsibility.

Courtesy Photo | Left to Right: Liz Gamboa, Vanessa Roanhorse, Alicia Ortega, Kalika Davis, Jaime Gloshay

Native Women Lead in partnership with New Mexico Community Capital recently won a $10 million award with the goal of advancing gender equality in a new project called "The Future is Indigenous Womxn." 

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It’s an election year and the fight for the mayoral seat is gearing up. August 24th is the filing deadline for nomination petitions for privately funded candidates.  Alexis Martinez Johnson talks about getting on the ballot and what a conservative voice for Santa Fe would look like. 

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New Mexico has the second highest student loan default rate in the country. And teacher shortages across the state were a major concern even before the pandemic. Now, the New Mexico Higher Education Department has a brand new program to help educators make a dent in student loans.

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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.