Zélie Pollon

Zélie Pollon is an award-winning independent journalist who has focused much of her work on social and humanitarian issues around conflict and reconstruction.  For over a decade, Pollon has reported on issues of international significance, publishing hundreds of articles for Reuters, The Dallas Morning News, People Magazine and other major publications.  She has studied, worked, and served on boards across the globe, from Iraq to Sri Lanka.  Pollon’s professional experiences are wide ranging, and include serving as Managing Editor for Curve Magazine; working as a trainer for journalists in Africa to promote democracy and free speech; and translating lectures by the Dalai Lama from French recordings into English.  Her recent research looked at oral history and the role it plays in Transitional Justice and post conflict rebuilding -- and most importantly, post conflict healing  -- in both Baghdad, Iraq, and more recently in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Pollon has garnered international recognition for her work, including such esteemed awards as the Rotary World Peace Fellowship and honors from the National Press Foundation.


President Barack Obama addressed the floor last night at the Democratic National Convention, electrifying the audience in his efforts to build support for Hillary Clinton. Our own Congressional representatives Ben Ray Lujan and Michelle Lujan Grisham also addressed the audience. Albuquerque Journal Washington correspondent Michael Coleman has been at both conventions and brings us a report about last night’s speakers and a comparison between the two political events. He began with a description of the President's speech.

Last Night at the Democratic National Convention Former President Bill Clinton shared personal narratives of meeting and wooing his wife, while Sen Bernie Sanders brought his followers to tears as he made a motion to give all delegate votes to Secretary Hillary Clinton. Outside the Convention hall meetings were taking place to discuss strategies to get out the vote, and what policies should be included in a Democratic platform.

The Republican National Convention wrapped up last night in a flurry of speeches about the dark days of America. As one New York Times reporter summed it up:

“Mr. Trump sounded much like the unreflective man who had started it with an escalator ride in the lobby of Trump Tower: He conjured up chaos and promised overnight solutions.” We check in a final time with our Santa Fe Republican delegate Samuel LeDoux.

While the Republicans were gearing up for their final night, Senator Wendy Davis was in town encouraging New Mexicans to vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton. Davis became famous in July 2013 for famously filibustering for 13 hours to prevent a vote on a bill limiting women’s right to a safe abortion.


Last night once again presented some bumps in the road for the Republican party and it’s nominee Donald Trump, particularly when Ted Cruz was booed off the stage after encouraging delegates to vote their conscience and not necessarily to vote for their nominee Donald Trump. As one politico blogger put it:Cruz’s defiance catapulted the ragged, plagiarism-marred, poorly managed convention into nuclear dumpster fire territory.

That was one opinion.

Last night when it came time for New Mexico to vote for Donald Trump as the GOP presidential candidate, Gov Susana Martinez declined to personally endorse Trump, and instead handed the microphone to Santa Fe delegate Samuel LeDoux, New Mexico’s youngest delegate, and our daily correspondent from the convention floor.

So where are those protesters we’ve heard so much about? Well, their appearance has been scant. In the event we were missing protests that mainstream wasn’t airing, we contacted local reporter Mark Naymik with Cleveland.com, the online version of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Here’s what he had to say.

As the Republican National Convention gets underway, we wanted to hear from our own delegates about how things are shaping up on the ground. Delegate Samuel LeDoux checks in from the convention floor. 

This year’s Folk Art Market has come and gone. We caught up with the artists and organizers yesterday on payout day where artists were attending a resource fair while waiting to finalize the returns for their hard work. The news wasn’t all good.

A judge heard closing arguments yesterday in a case alleging Human Services officials altered emergency food applications to deny new Mexico’s poorest citizens access to food. We speak with Reporter Joey Peters who was in the courtroom.

This week also begins another Santa Fe favorite. The International Folk Art Market, which brings together hundreds of artists from around the world for a three-day extravaganza on museum hill. We spoke with organizers to hear about this year’s event.

There is a new Santa Fe film office. It’s a joint venture by the city and county to grow and support film, television and digital media in the region. Local film industry veteran Eric Witt – he was deputy chief of staff under Bill Richardson and oversaw the development of the film industry in the state -- has been tapped to launch the new office, which open its doors tomorrow. I caught up with Witt this morning to hear about Santa Fe’s newest economic engine.

As thousands of educators gather this week in Washington DC, we asked the president of New Mexico’s National Education Association to give a preview of what would be discussed. Zelie Pollon brings us this report.

This Sunday is Father’s Day, and a new report by the data analysis website WalletHub just issued a report on the best and worst state for fathers. Any guesses where New Mexico appears?