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.

Tesla passes on New Mexico, but golden parachutes abound

By   /  September 8, 2014  /  Commentary, Nevada, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog  /  No Comments

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New Mexico lost a bidding war for a $5 billion Tesla Motors factory. But NM remains a dubious winner when it comes to “golden parachutes” for ousted state executives.

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The clock is ticking in New Mexico mouse war

By   /  September 5, 2014  /  Arizona, Colorado, Federal Government, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News  /  No Comments

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Ranchers in New Mexico are anxiously waiting for the U.S. Forest Service to decide whether fencing is not needed to protect the meadow jumping mouse.

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Gallup poll shows support for right-to-work laws — even from Democrats

By   /  September 3, 2014  /  Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, News, State Government, unions  /  No Comments

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Vice President Joe Biden may have delivered a fiery speech in support of unions at a Labor Day appearance in Detroit, but a Gallup poll released just days before painted a sobering picture for union backers.

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Who can be a sheriff in NM? Just about anybody

By   /  September 1, 2014  /  Local Government, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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Did you know you don’t have to prove any law enforcement expertise to become a county sheriff in New Mexico?

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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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