NMPolitics.net has won a national investigative reporting award for shining light on a possible conflict of interest current N.M. State Auditor Tim Keller had when he was a state senator.
The National Federation of Press Women notified NMPolitics.net in June that I had won first place in the investigative reporting category in its 2016 Communications Contest.
This is an amazing honor and confirmation of the importance of our journalism. Devoting resources to investigative reporting is challenging for news organizations these days, but it’s critical to keeping our society healthy.
NMPolitics.net also, in April, won two journalism awards in the multi-state Top of the Rockies contest — a first-place prize for an article about the need for campaign reporting reform in New Mexico, and a second-place award for general website excellence.
The article, “Flawed NM campaign reporting system needs reform, many say,” put in context last year’s criminal charges against former Secretary of State Dianna Duran — who stole money from her campaign to feed a gambling addiction — and problems with several state lawmakers’ finance reports to reveal a broken reporting system.
“A fine piece of reporting by Heath Haussamen of NMPolitics.net on the far-reaching problem of campaign financing abuses, with good reporting and analysis of the roots of the problem and possible solutions,” the judge’s comment stated.
And NMPolitics.net won four state awards in the 2015 New Mexico Press Women contest, including first place in the investigative reporting category for the article about Keller’s potential conflict.
“Haussamen’s work demonstrates persistence required for investigative reporting, with a thoroughness in research and penchant for uncovering substantiating documents,” the judge’s comments state. “His solid writing leads the reader along a clear path to his conclusion that lawmakers need to be compensated for their contributions to New Mexico’s governance.”
NMPolitics.net also won awards in the state competition for news reporting, opinion columns, and feature writing.