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.

Oklahoma State takes New Mexico State to court over an old cowboy logo

By   /  October 24, 2014  /  New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, Oklahoma  /  No Comments

Logo from Oklahoma State University athletics website

Oklahoma State University has enlisted a Tulsa law firm to file suit against New Mexico State over the use of its cowboy logo.

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Two New Mexico towns hope to avoid repeat Election Day controversies

By   /  October 22, 2014  /  Elections, Local Government, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, State Elections  /  No Comments

Photo from KRQE-TV

Election officials say they’re confident there will be no replays of the election controversies that hit Rio Rancho and Chaparral in 2012.

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Federal tax money for Spaceport? Two NM congressional candidates support idea

By   /  October 21, 2014  /  New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News  /  No Comments

Photo from Spaceport America website

Both candidates for southern New Mexico’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives say they favor federal funding for Spaceport America.

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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

Image from Truth in Accounting

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

Photo courtesy of Flickr Commons

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

Photo by Rob Nikolewski/NM Watchdog

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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