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 Mexico knocked for slow pace of financial data

By   /  October 20, 2014  /  Accountability, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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A state accounting watchdog group rapped New Mexico for its slow response time for financial data but the state says the criticism is unfair.

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Rugged ranchers or welfare cowboys? Dispute over grazing fees on public land rages on

By   /  October 20, 2014  /  Federal Government, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News  /  No Comments

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Critics say taxpayers lose $120 million in federal grazing fees that are too low. But ranching’s defenders say the figures are misleading.

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Linda Chavez makes small-government argument for immigration reform

By   /  October 16, 2014  /  Immigration, National, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog  /  No Comments

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Former Reagan administration executive Linda Chavez argues in favor of immigration reform from a small-government perspective. But she’s getting pushback from opponents on the right.

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Feds install fences to protect endangered mouse, but the fight continues

By   /  October 15, 2014  /  Federal Government, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, Regulations  /  No Comments

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The U.S. Forest Service put up barbed wire fencing in a picturesque area in the Santa Fe National Forest to protect the meadow jumping mouse, which has recently been listed as an endangered species.

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New Mexico’s labor force is shrinking

By   /  October 14, 2014  /  Economy, New Mexico  /  No Comments

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New Mexico is 48th in the nation in a ranking of the labor force participation rate.

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Miffed aide who hacked into NM governor’s emails gets 9-month sentence

By   /  October 8, 2014  /  New Mexico, News  /  Comments Off

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A former campaign manager who hacked into the emails of Gov. Susana Martinez because he was angry with her received a nine-month sentence in federal prison. An

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