Michael Hernandez

Multimedia Reporter

Michael Hernandez is a multimedia reporter for KRWG Public Media.  Watch his reports here at The Region's Home Page and on KRWG-TV's Newsmakers.  You can also hear Michael's stories on KRWG-FM's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

A native Tucsonan, Hernandez is no stranger to Southwestern life.


He got his first taste of broadcast news from a young age. At two-and-a-half years old, ABC affiliate KGUN9 visited his home to feature him in a story about early childhood education. Hernandez would eagerly watch the evening news with his grandmother after school and credits growing up on classic PBS shows like Bill Nye the Science Guy, Reading Rainbow, ZOOM! and the Saturday night lineup of British comedies for igniting his passion for public media.


Hernandez completed a host of internships as an undergraduate at the University of Arizona. After stints at Tucson’s NBC and CBS news stations, Hernandez interned Arizona Public Media where he hosted “Newsbreak,” a 90-second daily newscast and reported educational stories for NPR. Additionally, Hernandez worked for UATV, the university’s student-run broadcast station, and held positions including reporter, anchor and executive producer.


Hernandez is a 2017 graduate of the University of Arizona’s School of Journalism and is excited to begin his career in Las Cruces. He looks forward to meeting the people of the Mesilla Valley and reporting stories its residents care about most.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Thousands of people are expected to gather for a memorial service for one of two 17-year-old classmates killed during a shooting rampage at a New Mexico high school.

The service for Francisco "Paco" Fernandez will be Friday at the Pinon Hills Community Church in Farmington. A stream of lowrider and custom cars is expected to escort the family to the cemetery following the service.

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers are beginning to file legislative proposals for the upcoming legislative session that starts in January.

Friday marks the first day to introduce bills for a 30-day legislative session that begins on Jan. 15. Anti-crime proposals and budgetary changes expected to dominate the agenda.

Second-term Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is preparing for her final year in office and is expected to back public safety legislation and push other longstanding priorities such as tax reform.

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Legislature is rewriting its policy against sexual harassment in response to concerns that widespread misconduct has gone unchecked.

A panel of lawmakers plans to publish and discuss a first draft of proposed anti-harassment rules on Friday in Santa Fe.

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller has told business and community leaders that the city is facing a budget deficit as gross receipts tax revenues fail to come in at the rate projected in the spending plan approved by the City Council earlier this year.

The Albuquerque Journal reported Wednesday that Keller said the last administration did a lot for the city's infrastructure, but also left his administration some unfinished business.

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Alvy Ray Smith

For fans of Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and Up, Pixar is a household name. Its co-founder paid a visit to New Mexico State University to talk about his journey through the world of animation.

Clovis, New Mexico native and 1965 NMSU graduate Alvy Ray Smith is a computer graphics pioneer.  Smith co-created a pixel rendering technique called the “alpha channel.” It alters a pixel’s transparency and revolutionized the way images could be combined.

Michael Hernandez

When sixth grade math teacher Melanie Alfaro sat at an assembly at Deming Intermediate School, she had no idea she was about to be named the guest of honor.

Neither did the school.


Members of the NMSU community held a day of giving to support university students.

Students, faculty and staff gathered to celebrate the third annual ‘Giving Tuesday.’

The 24-hour event is a university-wide opportunity for Aggie alumni, friends and donors to give to scholarships and programs which help support students with the cost of tuition.