Since 2010, Rob Nikolewski has covered New Mexico politics and investigated fraud, waste and abuse in government. He also writes an opinion column in the Sunday editions of the Santa Fe New Mexican. Rob joined New Mexico Watchdog after 20 years in television as a sports anchor and reporter. He anchored at MSNBC, New York City, Boston, Pittsburgh, Phoenix, Reno and Boise, winning three regional Emmy awards along the way. He holds a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University, a master's in public administration from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and a bachelor's degree in journalism from Trinity University in San Antonio.

Recounting two weeks and five developments in NM sheriff’s controversy

By   /  August 28, 2014  /  Local Government, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, Politics  /  No Comments

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The controversy over embattled county sheriff Tommy Rodella has taken multiple turns in the space of less than two weeks.

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Still no word why Albuquerque school boss received a $350,000 settlement

By   /  August 27, 2014  /  Education, Local Government, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Winston Brooks resigned as the head of the Albuquerque Public Schools and received a $350,000 buyout. But taxpayers have not been told why he’s leaving.

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How much should NM invest in new companies?

By   /  August 27, 2014  /  Economy, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog  /  No Comments

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The New Mexico State Investment Council and a business organization are fighting over the amount given to New Mexico startups.

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Gomez wins, Garcia loses in hearing over disputed election

By   /  August 22, 2014  /  New Mexico  /  No Comments

A district judge refused to overturn a disputed election that saw incumbent state Rep. Mary Helen Garcia lose by 16 votes to challenger Bill Gomez.

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Indicted NM sheriff under pressure to quit, but will he?

By   /  August 21, 2014  /  Ethics, Local Government, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News  /  No Comments

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The Rio Arriba County commission wants embattled sheriff Tommy Rodella to resign but there’s little indication that Rodella will step down.

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The ‘Elephant Man’ wins again in New Mexico court

By   /  August 20, 2014  /  Education, Free Speech, Local Government, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News  /  No Comments

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Ched “The Elephant Man” MacQuigg has won another round in his battle with the Albuquerque Public School Board, which has tried to ban him from meetings.

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