Hannah Colton

Hannah Colton is an Albuquerque-based radio reporter who covers education and economic development, among other subjects, for KSFR. She got her start in public radio at KDLG in Dillingham, AK, where she boarded commercial fishing boats and bush planes in pursuit of stories around Bristol Bay. In Alaska, Hannah reported on statewide education issues from a rural perspective, and won recognition for her science reporting, arts reporting and photography in the 2016 Alaska Press Club Awards. During her time at KDLG, she was fortunate to interview Dena’ina elders and youth at the remote and beautiful Lake Clark, chat with bear and beluga hunters, and help cover the two summers’ hubbub in the world’s largest wild sockeye salmon fishery.

Before all that, Hannah dabbled in video and web design at the Center for Documentary Studies in Durham, North Carolina. Originally from Iowa, she received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Public Policy and Environmental Science from Duke University in 2013. Follow her on Twitter @hmcolton.

For this feature story that wraps up their 2017 coverage, Ellen Berkovitch and Hannah Colton travel to Gallup. In 2013 the Diocese of Gallup was facing an onslaught of survivor lawsuits stemming from sexual abuses by priests and Franciscan friars. It responded by declaring bankruptcy. That made Gallup the 11th of now 18 dioceses and religious orders in the US to head to bankruptcy court since 2004. It took more than three years for the proceedings to conclude. One of the longest running cases — in one of the poorest dioceses of the United States Catholic Church.

After deliberating for six and a half hours, an Edinburg, Texas jury convicted John Feit of murder in the 1960 killing of beauty queen Irene de la Garza. Hannah Colton reaches Erik Garza of Courthouse News Service for the latest breaking news.

Erik de la Garza of Courthouse News Service is our reporter in south Texas, for the murder trial of former priest John Feit. Feit played a key role at the Servants of the Paraclete facility in Jemez Springs in assigning priests known to have abused children back out into ministry. Hannah Colton interviews him as testimony gets under way.

Hannah Colton

 In October an Albuquerque judge ordered the public disclosure of a trove of documents concerning pedophile priests in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. While many accused priests are long dead, these documents brought to light information about a few former priests who still live in the communities where they abused. For our Dark Canyon series, Hannah Colton produced this documentary piece about a Las Vegas perpetrator and the Church leadership that protected him from consequences.

For the second feature-length installment of our series, our reporters go to Northern New Mexico where Catholicism has been a central part of life for centuries, since the Spanish conquest of New Mexico. The list of 74 credibly accused priests, brothers and deacons released by the Archbishop last month names more than a dozen priests who served the parishes in the Taos area.


On September 28, 2017 On Dark Canyon: Sexual Abuse and Secrecy in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, we aired a follow-up story. An Interview with Courthouse News Service Reporter Erik de la Garza

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe last week shocked the state by releasing -- for the first time -- a list of 74 names of priests, deacons and brothers that it says have been credibly accused of sexually abusing children.

In a statement, Archbishop John Wester said he hopes the publication of the list will help victims and their communities to heal, and help rebuild trust in the Church.

How much does the public deserve to know about how police departments handle officer misconduct cases? That question has come up in light of a recent case that saw a Santa Fe Sergeant retire before SFPD finished an investigation of his incendiary social media posts. Host Hannah Colton discusses with investigative reporters Matt Grubs and Jeff Proctor.


Hannah Colton interviews Jennifer Tucker who co-teaches a class called "Waking Up to Whiteness," seeking to investigate how white Americans can better understand privilege and racial attitudes, including our own.

Health is more than health care. Santa Fe county gets in on a movement happening nationally that looks at an accountable health system as one that addresses social needs, brings costs down, connects services and collaborates for best use of resources.

Hannah is joined by Kyra Ochoa of the Santa Fe County Community Services Program, Gail Herling of Santa Fe Public Schools' Adelante! program, and Andres Mercado of the Mobile Integrated Health Office, or MIHO.


Hannah Colton interviews the author and founder of Solutions Journalism Network. She will be speaking at Women's International Study Center on Wednesday, August 16.



What's In Your Water?

Aug 16, 2017

Hannah Colton interviews Rebecca Moss of the Santa Fe New Mexican regarding her July 29th article on contaminated water in New Mexico. That link here: http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/small-new-mexico-communities-struggle-to-deliver-water-free-of/article_b76d8f7f-7eb7-5456-a04e-91672499f13d.html

Hannah Colton devotes the show today to the subject of adult guardianship in New Mexico. Last spring, after a series of articles published in the Albuquerque Journal, the NM Supreme Court appointed a New Mexico Adult Guardianship Study Commission. Three meetings remain on the commission's schedule this year. Allegations of fraud and abuse by court-appointed corporate guardians continue in NM, with an indictment against Ayudando Guardians of Albuquerque for allegedly defrauding clients of $4 million.

The looming August 21 solar eclipse will happen from about 10:20 am to 1:15 pm here in the Mountain Time Zone. Rick Wallace of the Los Alamos Nature Center explains how to view and/or photograph the eclipse effectively and safely.

In the wake of the unsuccessful Obamacare repeal effort, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Steve Pearce shared their views on the state and future of healthcare with KSFR's Hannah Colton.