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.

Michael Hernandez

To mark the one-month anniversary of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 people, students nationwide walked out of their classrooms to remember the victims and call for an end to gun violence.

Michael Hernandez

Film Las Cruces has opened its studios to begin film productions and professionally train the next generation of crew members.

The 74,000-square-foot facility, located in the old Coca-Cola bottling plant near Interstate 10 and Main Street, can accommodate major motion pictures and television series as well as independent and student films and commercials.

Michael Hernandez

Organizers from NM Comunidades en Acción y de Fé along with Dreamers, clergy and others gathered in front of the federal courthouse in downtown Las Cruces to defend undocumented immigrants.

Michael Hernandez

New Mexico State University Police Chief Stephen Lopez hosted a forum with criminal justice students to review the history of gun legislation in the United States and address firearm safety concerns. Lopez, an NRA member himself, said gun control is not a black and white issue.

Michael Hernandez

Many children dream of going to space once they grow up. In the meantime, Alamogordo middle and high school students experienced the next best thing by meeting NASA astronauts in-person and live from the International Space Station.

Michael Hernandez

A handful of residents attended the first of three meetings to gather input on which community facilities should be updated using general obligation, or GO bonds.

Michael Hernandez

More than 1,100 students and their families signed up to become part of the Aggie Experience, the university’s largest recruitment day.

NMSU has seen enrollment decline in recent years, but that trend looks to be changing. The number of first-time freshmen enrolled in fall 2017 increased more than 11 percent from the year before. More than 5,200 students have already been admitted for the fall 2018 semester.

Michael Hernandez

Homegrown talent has given rise to a new semi-pro soccer club in Las Cruces.

FC Grande begins play this spring as members in the United Premier Soccer League, a pro-development league formed in 2011 with about 140 teams in more than 30 states.  FC Grande will compete in the league’s Southwest Conference.

Michael Hernandez

Getting young people to vote is easier said than done, but university students from Texas and New Mexico are trying.

Data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows about 46 percent of voters aged 18 to 29 cast ballots in the 2016 presidential election. That’s compared to 59 percent of people 30 to 44 years old, 67 percent of those aged 45 to 64, and 71 percent of voters 65 and older.

Michael Hernandez

Three of the four candidates in the Democratic race for New Mexico governor visited Truth or Consequences for a gubernatorial forum held in the state’s second congressional district.

New Mexico state senator Joseph Cervantes, Jeff Apodaca, the son of former New Mexico governor Jerry Apodaca, and Dr. Peter DeBenedittis debated their platforms at the first candidate forum hosted by the Democratic Party of Sierra County.

Roderico Y. Díaz

It has been called the "Silent Holocaust," but its survivors are unafraid to speak out.

Michael Hernandez

Researchers with UTEP’s Border Region Modeling Project presented their financial forecasts for Las Cruces, El Paso and Mexico’s Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua City during a recent forum.

New Mexico, and Las Cruces in particular, has been slow to recover since the recession hit more than 10 years ago in December 2007.

Michael Hernandez

Being proactive in the community is the basis of civic engagement and a functioning democracy. That’s why Las Cruces residents and District 3 city councilor Gabe Vasquez gathered for a town hall at Lynn Middle School.

Rep. Beto O'Rourke

In the midst of a Senate vote to end the government shutdown, Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke held a town hall meeting in El Paso to talk with his constituency.

Michael Hernandez

A group of Las Cruces high school students have a seat on their school district’s Board of Education, and it’s the only seat of its kind in New Mexico.

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.

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.