Zélie Pollon

News Director

Zélie Pollon is an award-winning independent journalist who has focused much of her work on social and humanitarian issues around conflict and reconstruction.  For over a decade, Pollon has reported on issues of international significance, publishing hundreds of articles for Reuters, The Dallas Morning News, People Magazine and other major publications.  She has studied, worked, and served on boards across the globe, from Iraq to Sri Lanka.  Pollon’s professional experiences are wide ranging, and include serving as Managing Editor for Curve Magazine; working as a trainer for journalists in Africa to promote democracy and free speech; and translating lectures by the Dalai Lama from French recordings into English.  Her recent research looked at oral history and the role it plays in Transitional Justice and post conflict rebuilding -- and most importantly, post conflict healing  -- in both Baghdad, Iraq, and more recently in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Pollon has garnered international recognition for her work, including such esteemed awards as the Rotary World Peace Fellowship and honors from the National Press Foundation.


There’s been a plume of jet fuel soaking into the Albuquerque landscape beneath Kirtland Air Force base for the better part of 20 years. More recently Kirtland and the US Government have said they were taking steps to clean it up. But according to a new intent to sue, those steps are going far too slowly. Douglas Meiklejohn is the Executive Director for the New Mexico Environmental Law Center and the attorney representing several parties against the US Air Force, US Secretary of Defense the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the New Mexico Attorney General.

Residents across the city are complaining about exorbitantly high water meter readings. But as  City’s Public Utilities Director Nick Sciavo explained to KSFR, the numbers are merely correcting faulty water readings from the past – and most importantly, residents will not be held accountable for some of those fees.

Young people across New Mexico face many challenges. But that's particularly true for young men of color. Tonight on New Mexico PBS channel 5.1 the public engagement program PUBLIC SQUARE looks at “Boys Into Men: Role Models & Mentors”. The program, funded by the Kellogg foundation and hosted by Megan Kamerick, tackles the question of how to connect young men of color with mentors and role models so they can grow to become the next generation of leaders. KSFR's Zelie Pollon spoke with Kamerick about tonight’s episode.

Tonight on KNME the science series NOVA will run its third and last in a series of programs exploring the geology and biology that has shaped our world. “Making North America,” was developed by NOVA Senior Executive Producer, Paula Apsell with Reknown Paleontologist Kirk Johnson. Today we continue our conversation with Apsell and Johnson about the series, much of which takes place in the Southwest.  Tonight’s program looks at the beginnings of Humans and the resources they use on the planet. We begin with Kirk Johnson

With last week’s newest incident of violent extremism in the streets if Paris, it’s difficult not to wonder what and where might be next. Students at UNM’s Anderson school of management were asking the same thing when they created the KNOW campaign, a way of engaging millennials to be aware of extremist discussions online. KSFR's Zelie Pollon spoke with Bryan Mirabal, one of the campaign’s organizers.

While most are content to observe on television or in print the crisis of refugees flooding Europe, some Santa Feans have decided that boots on the ground is a better approach. Not for profit Global Outreach Doctors will be heading to a Greek island on Monday to help with the seemingly unending tide of humans landing on European shores from Syria, Iraq and other Middle Eastern Countries. KSFR’s Zelie Pollon speaks with the head of the group.

Today at 1pm The New Mexico State Supreme Court will hear a request by advocacy organization New Energy Economy on whether four of five State PRC Commissioners should be removed from deciding a crucial energy case regarding replacement energy at the San Juan Generating Station in Farmington. I asked New Energy Economy Executive Director Mariel Nanasi to bring us up to date on this precedent setting case.

On Friday, the Santa Fe New Mexican wrote about an FBI investigation into the campaign fundraising activities of several Republicans, including Governor Susana Martinez and her main political consultant Jay McCleskey. New Mexico InDepth’s Sandra Fish followed up the ongoing news item by analyzing McCleskey’s state campaign finance records dating back to 2011. I spoke with Fish about what she found.

This weekend Somos Un Pueblo Unido continues its 20 year anniversary celebration with a film festival looking at immigration issues – those from 30 years ago and those from today. Sadly, those issues have not changed and in many cases have only gotten worse. Film festival curator Lois Rudnick describes the films and why they were chosen.


Beginning tonight on KNME the science series NOVA explores the geology and biology that has shaped our world. “Making North America,” is a three part series developed by NOVA Senior Executive Producer, Paula Apsell. Apsell explained recently to KSFR how the idea for the series first came about.

In a recent article by journalist Wheeler Cowperthwaite in the Rio Grande Sun he found that Espanola’s overdose deaths are at the highest they’ve been in a decade. I spoke with Cowperthwaite about his findings.

This week at the Genoveva Chavez community center hundreds of teens were gathered to discuss issues impacting young people. They focused on issues brought up in a survey sent to students around the city.  At a press conference before the summit began, Mayor Javier Gonzales convened a group of department heads, school officials and student leaders. The Mayor complimented Santa fe school superintendent Dr Joel Boyd, for his work improving the quality of schools, but the mayor reiterated that much of a child’s learning comes outside of school time.

Earlier this week we heard from Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham about her fight to promote legislation that ends gun violence. Today we hear about ongoing efforts being made by organizations trying to prevent gun violence here in New Mexico.

After yet another mass shooting at a US college earlier this month, politicians took to the airwaves to say enough is enough. Among those was our own Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham who came out with a strong statement in support of gun control legislation – if not at a federal level then here in New Mexico.

Congolese activist Neema Namadamu is back in Santa Fe and will give a talk tonight about her ongoing work getting girls educated in Africa. Her most recent work includes making sure a girl’s monthly menstrual cycle isn’t a barrier to attending school.

Tonight as part of the Independent film festival will be a series of short films, one of which takes a modern day look at honor killings – that’s the killing of young people - usually women between the ages of 15 and 25 - to cleanse any perceived shame to their families.

Somos Un Pueblo Unido Turns Twenty this year. We speak to two of its founders Maria Christina Lopez and Marcela Diaz about some of the organization's history and upcoming events, including an anniversary gala featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sonia Nazario.

New Energy Economy today filed with the New Mexico Supreme Court a Petition for a Writ of Mandamus requiring four Public Regulation Commissioners to be disqualified from any further participation in the Public Service Company of New Mexico’s (PNM’s) application for approval of its replacement power plan for San Juan Generating Station. We asked New Energy Economy Director Mariel Nanasi to explain more.

One of Santa Fe’s first Charter schools is celebrating 15 years this weekend with a party open to everyone. KSFR’s Zelie Pollon spoke with Monte Del Sol Charter School’s head learner as he’s called, Robert Jessen, to find out more.