You will be seeing something different at New Mexico Watchdog very soon. A new investigative reporter will be among the changes. I’ve taken my leave to finish the novel that’s been collecting dust in the corner of my desk and to experience more of this wonderous world we share.
A website redesign is around the corner. In addition, New Mexico Watchdog will be more closely coordinated with the 100 other reporters in the nationwide Watchdog network funded by the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity. Our little journalistic enterprise has come a long way from the day when all of us Watchdog reporters could gather around a table to brainstorm story ideas. Franklin’s Watchdog network now generates 10% of all statehouse reporting, and that doesn’t count the stories inspired by our work. Watchdog reporters are now in print, on television and radio and, of course, on the Internet in most states, and will eventually be based in every state capital in the country.
I returned to New Mexico Watchdog in May 2012 after nearly two years of globe trotting because my participation was needed at the time. I am pleased to have broken stories in my brief encore that garnered statewide attention and made an impact on elections and public policy.
I want especially to thank Bob Clark and Scott Stiegler at KKOB 770AM and Micahel Swickard and Aaron Henry Diaz of News New Mexico for giving my reporting a broader audience. Thanks also to the terrific reporters and editors of The Albuquerque Journal for picking up a few of my stories and taking them even further.
Just as our Emmy Award winning Rob Nikolewski found his way to New Mexico Watchdog to set the standard for Roundhouse reporting, I fully expect an aggressive professional journalist to fill the opening I leave on the investigations side of the team and pick up right where I left off.
I am already hard at work on polishing the novel and will be submitting my opus to competition this Spring. And then I’m heading to Scotland to hike coast-to-coast across frozen moors and munros, from elegant Perth to the wild edge of the western seas. The centuries old road house pictured above is one of the places where I’ll be drying my socks by a crackling fire while a wee dram warms my insides.
And in September comes a Paris sojourn on Ile. St. Louis followed by a hike through the Luberon hills in Provence.
I can accurately report that I am excited by what lies ahead in life.
Thanks for all your support, your comments, your tips and the time you took to read my stuff.