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.


Late Wednesday the non-profit New Energy Economy filed a motion seeking to disqualify four of the five members of the Public Regulation Commission from ruling on PNM’s plan for the coal fired San Juan Generating Station. I spoke with Mariel Nanasi New Energy Economy’s Executive Director today about the evidence she found in the 65-page motion that they filed in Court.

A program to help young people who dropped out of high school is looking for more recruits. Youthbuild is run out of the Santa Fe Community College and gives young people valuable trade skills while helping them graduate. Youthbuild organizer Jeffrey Hood explains more.

Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland today became the 34th Democrat to indicate her favor of a deal with Iran, assuring that President Barack Obama has secured the necessary votes to survive any Congressional challenge. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have said they support the deal, while Senator Pearce has criticized the move saying it will hurt New Mexico’s oil economy.

A State Ethics commission is not a partisan project, and one of the loudest organizational voices calling for its formation has been the New Mexico League of Women Voters. I spoke with Meredith Machen, President of New Mexico’s League about their efforts to bring ethics into politics

House leaders have called for the resignation of Secretary of State Dianna Duran based on allegations she embezzled money to feed her gambling habit. As the voices grow stronger for Duran to step down, so do the voices wanting an Ethics Commission. Today we continue to look at the state’s need for an Ethics Commission, the efforts that have been made to create one.

During summer recess in Congress our elected officials have been coming home and getting a sense of issues on the ground. We caught up with Third District Congressman Ben Ray Lujan and in the first of a two-part interview, asked him about some of the current issues he’s working on for New Mexicans.

As the allegations against Secretary Duran are being discussed nationwide, here in New Mexico we’re also discussing our lack of an ethics commission. We are one of only eight states which does not have such a commission, despite efforts on the part of some state representatives to create one. Paul Biderman served five years as Director of the Institute of Public Law and research faculty at UNM’s school of Law, and conducts ethics trainings for public officials across the state, including for Commissioners of the PRC. He’s joins us live today to discuss ethics in New Mexico.

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas on Friday filed a 64 count complaint against Secretary of State Dianna Duran accusing her of embezzling and laundering money. The complaint alleges that Duran, who was reelected to her post in the last election 2014, used government funds to feed her gambling habits.  . Secretary Duran has not yet responded to the allegations. We asked Maggie Toulouse Oliver, who unsuccessfully ran for the post, to describe the functioning of the office and its vital responsibilities to New Mexico.

Thursday night was the final concert of Santa Fe’s incredibly popular Bandstand concert series featuring local and national musical acts throughout the summer.

KSFR's Zelie Pollon was there to see the curtain close for one more year.

Yesterday in Virginia a journalist and cameraman were shot while broadcasting live from a strip mall in the town of Moneta near Roanoke, Virginia. The gunman appeared to be a disgruntled colleague who was recently fired. While such extreme events are rare for journalists in America, there are consistent dangers that we face every day. I spoke with Rory McClanahan, board president of the New Mexico Press Association and editor of the Mountain View Telegraph about some of what New Mexico journalists face.

Freedom of information has been in the news a lot lately, with an injunction against the Santa Fe New Mexican to prohibit information from being published. This among many attempts to keep journalists from accessing information. On Monday in Santa Fe was a presentation about Open Government. I spoke with Greg Williams, the President of the board of the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government.

The honors for the 2015 Indian Market Best of Show were announced this afternoon, and KSFR's Zelie Pollon was on site to talk to some of the artists whose works were considered for the awards. 

The overall Best Of Show award this year went to a basket by Northern Arapahoe-Seminole basket weaver Carol Emarthle-Douglas. 

School started this week for all of Santa Fe's public schools. KSFR’s Zelie Pollon sat down with Santa Fe public school superintendent Joel Boyd to get a sense of what this new school year will bring.

On Friday Judge James Browning denied a request by several state environmental groups for an injunction to ban oil and gas drilling near the cultural site of Chaco Canyon in the four corners region. I spoke with one of the plaintiffs, John Horning, Director of Wild Earth Guardians, about the ruling and any next steps.

July 28 - The Bomb

Jul 28, 2015

We’ve been talking a lot lately about the detonation of the first atomic bomb, which took place 70 years ago this month. KSFR’s Zelie Pollon spoke with Rushmore Denooyer, director of a two-hour PBS special on the bomb airing tonight—about what drew him to his project, and what surprised him most as he learned about the early days of nuclear technology. 

KSFR’s Zelie Pollon reporting. The Bomb airs tonight, from 7-9 pm on New Mexico PBS—that’s Channel 5.1.

Democratic lawmakers felt the brunt of Gov. Susana Martinez's 42 capital outlay project vetoes, with 27 of those projects sponsored solely by Democrats. KSFR's Zelie Pollon spoke with New Mexico InDepth’s Sandra Fish who wrote about the Governor’s vetoes in this year’s Capital Outlay.

Tonight is opening night for one of Santa Fe’s most family friendly events: The Rodeo De Santa Fe. KSFR's Zelie Pollon spoke with rodeo spokesman Jess Franks about this year’s event.

Starting a small business is a challenge pretty much anywhere and at any time. Managing that small business in Santa Fe, by many accounts, you can multiply those challenges. So when a business lasts five ten and then 20 years, it’s worth celebrating. Take Sarcon construction, run by Peter Brill, which just marked its 20th year.