Water Desk supports journalists covering New Mexico and Rio Grande

The Water Desk is excited to announce the recipients of new grants to support water journalism connected to New Mexico and the Rio Grande Basin.

From the Rocky Mountains to the U.S.-Mexico border, the grantees will be reporting on a range of critical water issues facing the region, including climate change, public health, population growth and biological diversity. Many of the journalists will be exploring equity issues and environmental justice in the water sector.

The 12 awards, up to $10,000 each, are being funded thanks to support from the Thornburg Foundation and Water Funder Initiative. A total of $76,913 has been approved in this round of grantmaking.

The recipients of the grants (in alphabetical order):

Melissa Bailey, independent

Karen Coates, independent

Lindsay Fendt, Searchlight New Mexico

Virginia Gewin, independent

Emma Gibson, KUNM and the Mountain West News Bureau

William Melhado, Santa Fe Reporter

Elizabeth Miller, New Mexico In Depth

Danielle Prokop, Diana Cervantes and Marisa Demarco, Source New Mexico and El Paso Matters

Jerd Smith, Fresh Water News

Caroline Tracey, independent

Tierna Unruh-Enos, Gwynne Ann Unruh, Jonathan Sims and Justin Schatz, The Paper/abq.news

Brett Walton, Circle of Blue

We’re grateful to the Thornburg Foundation and Water Funder Initiative for their support of this program. The Water Desk maintains strict editorial independence from its funders and the University of Colorado. Funders of The Water Desk have no right to review or to otherwise influence stories or other journalistic content that is produced with the support of these grants. For more about our editorial independence, please see our funding page.

Congratulations and best of luck to our grantees. We’re excited to see the water journalism they produce!

The Water Desk’s mission is to increase the volume, depth and power of journalism connected to Western water issues. We’re an initiative of the Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado Boulder. The Water Desk launched in April 2019 with support from the Walton Family Foundation. We maintain a strict editorial firewall between our funders and our journalism.

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