Heath Haussamen has worked to strengthen journalism in New Mexico throughout his career. He has worked for newspapers and nonprofits. He has started two news organizations — the nationally recognized state politics blog NMPolitics.net in 2006 and, more recently, the award-winning nonprofit New Mexico In Depth.
Heath believes journalism should be relational. While reporters are trained to be observers, we also live in and are part of communities. In an era where people are flooded with information but often feel excluded from public discourse, journalism can do so much more than inform. It can engage.
Journalism can help people make sense of the news, rather than just regurgitating talking points. It can give voice to people through conversations online and in person. It can represent the diversity of our communities and invite into the public conversation people power tends to ignore.
Heath engages. He has been a vocal advocate for government transparency through his reporting and commentary. He values hard-hitting investigative reporting and in-depth feature writing. He has sought to help communities make sense of tragedy through writing obituaries and trying to find the deeper stories behind crime headlines.
Heath is a native New Mexican who grew up in Santa Fe and now lives with his daughter in Las Cruces. He’s a 2003 graduate of New Mexico State University. He’s an avid photographer and loves to lose himself in stories through books, movies and television shows. He enjoys spending time in nature and unplugging from technology and has many interests including religion, politics and philosophy.