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 reached Chip Chippeaux, CEO of Century Bank, a chain of community banks, for his response to public banking proposals for Santa Fe.


Hannah Colton

We’re looking at the latest push for a public bank for the City of Santa Fe ... Last Wednesday City Councilor Renee Villarreal re-introduced a proposal to create a task force to determine what it would look like to launch a public bank. The following evening the advocacy group Banking on New Mexico hosted an interfaith dialogue about public banking and economic justice.


A discussion on public banking with Mike Krauss of the advocacy group Public Banking Institute and Paul Gessing of the libertarian Rio Grande Foundation.

President Trump’s directives on immigration policy have caused fear and uncertainty among undocumented immigrants in New Mexico. While Santa Fe has moved to strengthen its protections of immigrants, other parts, more conservative parts of the state, are not so friendly to so-called sanctuary policies.



Hannah Colton

Across the U.S., hundreds of people have been deported in the last week in immigration raids that President Trump called a keeping of his campaign promises.

In Santa Fe, Mayor Javier Gonzalez previously vowed that the city will remain a so-called sanctuary city. But local advocates are going a step further. Last night a resolution to strengthen Santa Fe’s status as a “welcoming” community for immigrants cleared a major hurdle in the city Finance Committee. 

A state judge last week ordered the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions to suspend some of its reasons for refusing to investigate wage theft claims. The temporary restraining order came just two weeks after workers and advocacy groups filed a class-action lawsuit against the agency. KSFR’s Hannah Colton has more.

Hannah Colton

Donald Trump’s immigration ban has barred citizens of seven Muslim majority countries from entering the US for the next 90 days and suspended all refugee admissions for the next four months.

Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzalez is holding his ground after President Trump signed an executive order threatening to withhold federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities. Gonzalez says Santa Fe won’t be coerced into enforcing federal immigration laws. And he is not the first New Mexico politician to make national headlines for taking such a stand. 

A growing body of research shows that kids who enroll in quality pre-kindergarten programs are likely to do better in grade school and beyond. Those benefits prompted the New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership to set an ambitious goal: they want 80% of New Mexico’s 3-and-4-year-olds in pre-K by about 2020 – a big jump from the 30% currently enrolled.

Hannah Colton

New Mexico has more than 5,400 untested rape kits—the highest per capita backlog of any state. In fact the backlog of rape kits in NM is almost double that of Michigan which is the next worst state.

New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller released a statewide special audit of the “rape kits” on Tuesday in ABQ. Hannah Colton of KSFR was there.