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.

New health exchange boss in NM survived controversy in Idaho

By   /  July 23, 2014  /  Health Care, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, Obamacare  /  No Comments

COMING TO NEW MEXICO FROM IDAHO:  Amy Dowd, the new executive director of the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange, comes highly recommended but she had to weather some controversy.

Amy Dowd, the new executive director of the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange, comes highly recommended but she had to weather some controversy.

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Obamacare court decision ‘potentially crushing’ for NM health exchange

By   /  July 22, 2014  /  Health Care, National, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, Obamacare  /  No Comments

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An appeals court decision puts Obamacare at risk and could be “potentially crushing” for New Mexicans who signed up for subsidies through the federal exchange.

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Risky business: Naming buildings after New Mexico politicians

By   /  July 22, 2014  /  Ethics, Local Government, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, Politics & Elections, State Government  /  No Comments

WHAT'S IN A NAME?: A New Mexico state office building is named after a former governor who just got in big trouble with the Security and Exchange Commission.

Former New Mexico Gov. Toney Anaya is awaiting potential financial penalties after settling last week with the Securities and Exchange Commission over fraud charges involving a water company for which Anaya worked.

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Capitol Hill buzzes about New Mexican’s ‘unprecedented’ appointment to FERC

By   /  July 18, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News  /  No Comments

NORMAN BAY, MAN OF MYSTERY: Norman Bay's nomination as future chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission was accompanied by plenty of political intrigue.

The confirmation of New Mexico’s Norman Bay as future chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission was accompanied by plenty of political intrigue.

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Reid and Heinrich: ‘The border is secure’

By   /  July 17, 2014  /  Immigration, Nevada, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News  /  No Comments

U.S. Rep. Martin Heinrich

Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-New Mexico, took the floor of the U.S. Senate to insist the border crisis is mainly a refugee crisis.

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Should Redskins change their name? New Mexico says ‘meh’

By   /  July 16, 2014  /  National, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, Washington  /  No Comments

NICKNAME CONTROVERSY: Critics want the Washington Redskins to change the team's name but a poll in a state with a large number of Native Americans shows support for the nickname.

Critics want the Washington Redskins to change the team’s name but a poll in New Mexico, a state with a large number of Native Americans, shows support for the nickname.

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