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.

Hannah Colton

In what promises to be a recurring segment on Wake Up Call, we sought to hear from the younger New Mexicans among us about their hobbies, hopes, and dreams—and the futuristic world of smartphones and digital media they've grown up in.

In this first edition of Ask a Teen, KSFR's Hannah Colton chatted with Santa Fe teenager "Z" about high school graduation, dancing, art, and the virtual worlds of social media.

  One in five adults experiences a mental health problem in any given year. That’s a statistic the Santa Fe Board of County Commissioners mentioned in their proclamation declaring May as Mental Health Awareness Month, and it's a nationwide trend as well. The County’s Mobile Health Van is now out providing screenings specifically for mental health issues.

Kati Schwartz, a registered nurse, directs that program. She spoke with KSFR's Hannah Colton by phone.

Mya Green and Hannah Colton were joined in the studio by Monique Anair, lead faculty member in SFCC's film program, and David Shulman, executive director if the Seattle Film Institute, to explain the two institutions' academic partnership and the opportunities it presents to students.

Info sessions on the SFCC-SFI Accelerated Degree Program will be held on campus at the following times: May 4th at 4:30 p.m. in the Higher Education Center; May 5th at 1 p.m. at the SFCC TV Studio; and May 6th at 10 a.m. in the Higher Education Center.

In the wake of Santa Fe voters' rejection of a 2-cent-an-ounce sugary drinks tax, we sought reactions and ideas from activists who campaigned on either side of the issue.

We spoke to Loveless Johnson III of Smart Progress New Mexico, a PAC which opposed the tax measure.

We had also planned to hear from Pre-K for Santa Fe, the pro-tax PAC, but they did not answer calls at air time. They released this public statement last night:

The local documentary Veiled Lightning just wrapped production. The film documents Native American art but tells its story through the lens of the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. Filmmaker Jaima Chevalier joined Hannah Colton to tell us more.

  Women and Money—that’s the focus of an upcoming series of workshops at the Women’s International Study Center.   

Joining Hannah Colton in the studio are Helena Ribe, founding board member and chair of WISC’s Program Committee, and Christina Bruce, a Management Coach and Leadership Development Consultant and first presenter in the series.

Hannah Colton

  On Monday, hundreds of people throughout the state gathered for demonstrations in honor of International Worker's Day. 

Somos Un Pueblo Unido, an immigrants' advocacy group, organized protests in Santa Fe, Hobbs, Portales and Gallup. Neza Leal of Somos explains why the demonstrations this May Day are focused on opposing President Trump’s policies on immigration. Then, we'll hear Hannah Colton's audio postcard from the march in Santa Fe. 

Project ECHO / UNM

Project ECHO, or Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes, began in 2003. It’s a program that uses collaborative education to build the expertise of medical providers in rural areas. Project ECHO got a national boost in December 2016 when President Obama signed the ECHO Act to expand and study the model.

Dr. Sanjeev Arora is a distinguished professor at the UNM School of Medicine and director of Project ECHO. KSFR's Hannah Colton spoke with him about his vision for the future of healthcare in America and beyond.

Growing season is just about here! Hannah and Dylan chatted with Bob Pennington of Agua Fria Nursery about the many vegetable choices and planting methods green-thumbed Santa Feans may consider this year.

Herman Agoyo of Okay Owingeh—the former San Juan Pueblo—was a Northern New Mexico tribal leader who worked to gain national recognition for the leader of the 1680 Pueblo revolt. Agoyo passed away April 11 at the age of 82. Hannah Colton produced this piece about his life and legacy.


The Netflix series Longmire​, which has shot five seasons in the Santa Fe area, is now shooting its sixth and final season. As we bid an extended farewell to the mainstay production, we're joined in the studio by Cassidy Freeman, whose many TV credits include Smallville and The Vampire Diaries, and who plays Walt Longmire's daughter, Cady, on Longmire.

Cece Derringer, director of the NMSA Arts Institute, and Beckie Mascolo, the Institute's marketing associate, join us in the studio to discuss the New Mexico School for the Arts's planned move into the Sanbusco Center, funding sources for the shopping center's renovation, and the projected economic impact of the NMSA's expansion.

Martinez v. Reporter

Apr 18, 2017
SF Reporter

The Santa Fe Reporter recently took Governor Susana Martinez to court, claiming the Martinez administration withheld information from the Reporter in violation of public records disclosure laws. Andy Lyman of the New Mexico Political Report joins Hannah Colton to discuss the case and its implications.

To learn more, see Marisa Demarco's report for KUNM on the court case, which aired just prior to this interview.

US Congressman Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM) discusses the opioid epidemic in New Mexico and the political issues surrounding funding for treatments.

Teacher evaluations in New Mexico saw a handful of tweaks last week issued by Governor Martinez. Changes included reduced emphasis on test scores as evaluation criteria, an increase in penalty-free sick days, and more. These changes were recommended to the Governor's office by teachers' advocacy group Teach Plus. But some educators are skeptical that the changes will improve their situation. KSFR's Hannah Colton spoke to educators on both side of the issue.