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Michael Hernandez

Multimedia Reporter

Michael Hernandez is a multimedia reporter for KRWG Public Media. Watch his reports here at the region's homepage 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 at 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.

Sen. Jeff Steinborn

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is considering a proposal from Holtec International to build a consolidated interim nuclear waste storage facility near Hobbs in Lea County in southeastern New Mexico.

Michael Hernandez

One of the perks of being a kid includes not worrying about working or paying bills. But organizers of Enterprise City say it’s not too early to start learning.

Michael Hernandez

For those experiencing homelessness, the lack of a steady job and income can be demoralizing. But sometimes all it takes is a broom and a rake to instill a person’s sense of self-worth.

What’s happening in the world of business in the Mesilla Valley? Time now for the Monday Business Watch with Michael Hernandez and Algernon D’Ammassa, business editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News.

This week, the first indoor race track and rock crawler for radio-controlled cars opened in Las Cruces. Plus, children in the Cruces Kids Can Jr. Vendors program show off their business skills in an entrepreneurial competition at the farmer’s market.

Michael Hernandez

After calling for a study examining how minimum wage increases phased in since 2015 are impacting the city’s economy, Las Cruces City Council reviewed the results at a recent work session. 

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich's Office

President Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy has separated more than 2,000 children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. As a result, New Mexico Democratic Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall as well as Connecticut Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal visited the Borderland to get answers.

Michael Hernandez

As the City of Las Cruces examines the local impact of raising minimum wage, let’s review the facts.

NMSU Arrowhead Center

Health technology innovators networked with industry leaders at the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine for the first HealthAssembly conference.  It comes as NMSU’s Arrowhead Center wraps up HealthSprint, a five-month accelerator program that aims to support startups in the digital healthtech industry.

Climate change isn’t some distant phenomenon humans can afford to worry about later. It’s happening now and its effects, especially in the Southwest, can be felt every day.

Deming High School

Students in Deming High School’s Career and Technical Education, or CTE program, aren’t just talking shop, they’re trained for it as soon as they graduate.

Deen van Meer

That iconic Zulu chant to open “The Circle of Life” means The Lion King Broadway musical has arrived in the Borderland.

Michael Hernandez

For the first time in its history, Texas will offer high school students statewide the chance to take an elective course in Mexican-American Studies starting in 2019. Except they’re not calling it that.

Michael Hernandez

Virtual charter schools are supposed to provide students with an online education equivalent to what they would receive at a physical school. But recent findings presented to the Legislative Education Study Committee show that hasn’t been the case in New Mexico.

Garrey Carruthers

After more than 32 years as a student and employee at New Mexico State University, outgoing Chancellor Dr. Garrey Carruthers is hanging his “guns up” at 78 years old.

Michael Hernandez

Las Cruces City Council and school district board members met at Oñate High School to discuss school safety issues including preventing gun violence, strengthening school security and addressing mental health.

New Mexico State University’s Board of Regents has selected two of its five chancellor finalists to lead the university in separate roles. 

NMSU Regents chose Dr. Dan Arvizu, former director of the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laborartory and NMSU engineering alumnus, to be the university’s next chancellor while Dr. John Floros will be campus president. Floros is dean at Kansas State University's College of Agriculture.

Arvizu and Floros will replace outgoing Chancellor Dr. Garrey Carruthers, who serves in both positions.

Michael Hernandez

Outdoor industry leaders from several Western states gathered indoors for a change at the first New Mexico Outdoor Economics Conference. Experts met to promote the physical and financial benefits public lands provide for tourists and businesses.

Low voter turnout seems to be a chronic issue in local elections, but recently passed legislation in New Mexico aims to turn that around. 

Michael Hernandez

Las Cruces City Council met to review the city’s proposed budget for the 2019 fiscal year, which totals about $394 million. Expenditures from the city’s general fund amount to $91.4 million, down 1.6 percent from last fiscal year.

Despite the reduced budget, City Manager Stuart Ed said the city is adding nearly 60 jobs, including a dozen firefighter-in-training positions and police service aides.

Michael Hernandez

Educators arrived at Las Cruces Public Schools job fair with résumés in-hand ready to fill positions as substitutes and full-time teachers.

The 24,300-student district is in the midst of a substitute teacher shortage. Chief Human Resources Officer Dr. Miguel Serrano said it’s nothing new.

Michael Hernandez

For people with mental health disorders, it can be difficult to get proper treatment, and even more so in prison.

Michael Hernandez

Virgin Galactic’s Executive Vice-President Jonathan Firth spoke to members of the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance, or MVEDA, about the spaceflight tourism company’s latest operations at a recent forum. Firth said the company gets asked frequently about its activities in New Mexico.

Michael Hernandez

Despite its name, NMSU’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, or ACES college, doesn’t just focus on crops and livestock. Take the student-run ACES Foods manufacturing company as an example. Instructor Whitney Biel teaches Food Science & Technology students how to make their own creamy creations in the laboratory.

Michael Hernandez

Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ stop in Las Cruces comes after President Trump’s decision to deploy up to 4,000 National Guard troops along the U.S.-Mexican border. Sessions said the rate of illegal border crossings this year compared to 2017 is cause for concern.

“We saw a steep drop after President Trump’s inauguration… but we’re seeing increasing flows and worry that we might see more this summer. So, we’re going to step up our efforts to achieve zero tolerance and zero releases and 100 percent prosecution wherever possible,” Sessions said.

NMSU Chancellor Dr. Garrey Carruthers

New Mexico State University's Board of Regents announced its top five finalists for the university’s next chancellor.

Dr. Dan Arvizu, former director of the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and NMSU alumnus, New Mexico Higher Education Department Secretary Dr. Barbara Damron, Kansas State University College of Agriculture Dean Dr. John Floros, Missouri University of Science and Technology Provost and Vice Chancellor Dr. Robert Marley and Dr. Brian Stevenson, former president and vice chancellor of Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.

Sunshine laws are a key part of holding government accountable and helping democracy function. They require government agencies to make certain work they do available to the public, keeping the sun “shining” on their operations.

Garrey Carruthers

New Mexico State University's Board of Regents is in the final stages of finding a replacement for current Chancellor Garrey Carruthers after the board did not extend his contract last year. Carruthers has said he plans to retire after his contract period ends on July 1.

To help with the process, the board approved a 19-member search committee in November made up of stakeholders within and outside of the university.  NMSU Regent and Committee Chair Mike Cheney said a large committee was necessary to help narrow down the pool of more than 100 applicants.

Conservation Corps New Mexico

The nonprofit Conservation Corps New Mexico gives young adults 18 to 25 the chance to improve public lands across southern New Mexico and West Texas.

Michael Hernandez

First responders arrived at the collision near Interstate 70 and Mesa Grande Drive to the sight of mangled metal, splattered blood and crushed cans of beer.

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.

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