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.


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.

With recent revelations that Volkswagen rigged its diesel cars to avoid accurate emissions testings, questions abound as to who knew what and for how long. What remains clear is that those who bought the vehicles thinking they were getting an environmentally clean car were completely duped. In a class action lawsuit filed this week attorneys are taking aim at the New Mexico car dealerships that sold the cars, saying they should have known the environmental claims were false. Attorney John Day with the firm Egolf, Ferlic and Day, explains the suit.

Downtown Santa Fe will be getting a facelift of sorts when the Sanbusco Market, home to such institutions as Pranzo Italian restaurant, Kiote clothes, or Teca Tu, that store for animals with style – is taken over by the New Mexico School for the Arts. The Institute that helps fund the art school purchased the downtown market center recently. But administrators are eager for Santa Feans to know that no big changes will be occurring before the Christmas season comes to a close. NMSA Institute Board Chair Ned Bennett tells residents what to expect in the coming months.

Members of New Mexico’s Game Commission met this morning in Albuquerque to decide whether to allow the US Fish and game service to release more Mexican wolves into the New Mexico wilderness. Today’s decision was specifically to hear an appeal by the US Fish and Wildlife Service after the commission decided in 2011 not to release any more wolves as required under the Federal Endangered Species Act. As we hear from Mary Katherine Ray and Former Mayor David Coss, both of the Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter, the appeal was denied.

Former GOP State Senator and Secretary of State Staffer under Dianna Duran, Rod Adair, recently published on his blog an op-ed calling for Duran’s resignation.

Among those attending the speech of Pope Francis to Congress last week was our own Mayor Javier Gonzales. The Mayor, who grew up in a traditional Catholic home, recently wrote about his experience listening to the Pope from the White House lawn. He called the Pope’s speech a “wake up call”. KSFR's Zelie Pollon asked him to describe that call to our listeners.

This weekend is Tewa Women United’s Gathering for Mother Earth at San Ildelfonso and Pojoaque Pueblos. KSFR’s Zelie Pollon has more.

This Sunday, as part of Mayor Javier Gonzales’ People to the Plaza Initiative, there will be a special farmer’s market on the plaza. Farmers market director Paolo Speirn, tells us more.

Today on Capitol Hill Pope Francis spoke to a full house, with hundreds of thousands more people, Catholic and not, listening in. He spoke of religious freedom, immigration, poverty, and healing the world’s open wounds. We also listened in to the historic speech and here share some of his remarks.

Senator Tom Udall was inside the chamber and shared his response to the Pope's speech before a joint session of Congress this morning. 

Feminist author and political psychologist Martha Burk, host of Equal Time on KSFR, sat down with us to discuss Pope Francis' visit to the United States. As Burk told Zelie Pollon, while the Pope is moving things in the right direction--preaching forgiveness for women who've had abortions and calling on Catholics to shelter refugees--The Church still has quite a way to go. 

Today in Part Two of our conversation with Attorney General Hector Balderas we hear more about his first sixth months in office, including the 64 counts he recently filed against Secretary of State Dianna Duran.

It’s been six months since Attorney General Hector Balderas has been on the job. He is a former state representative and State auditor. In fact when he was elected in 2006, Balderas, at 33, was the youngest statewide Hispanic elected official in the nation. I sat down with the Attorney General to review his first six months in office.


Tomorrow in part two of our interview with Mr. Balderas we discuss some criticisms by conservatives that he’s playing partisan politics, and we’ll look at his case against Secretary of State Diane Duran.

With nearly 22 years of service, City Counselor Patti Bushee is the longest-serving city councilor member. Just this week she announced she would not seek reelection and was stepping aside to allow for a new candidate to take her place. I spoke with Bushee about her tenure and why she chose this year to step aside.

Today we continue our conversation with Senator Tom Udall covering Iran, his visits with Navajo landowners near the Gold King mine spill, and his push for a constitutional amendment to reform campaign finance.

Conservationists and state representatives gathered earlier this week at the Valles Caldera – a sprawling 89-thousand acre preserve in northern New Mexico- to discuss the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act. This fund, which has preserved land in every state funding more than 40000 state and local conservation projects, is set to expire at the end of the month. Senator Tom Udall was among those gathered. He explains the importance of the Fund.

In part four, our last in a weeklong series on youth suicide, we look at specific interventions applied in schools and by The Sky Center.

In part Three of our series on youth suicide, we explore one program that creates peer to peer mentoring in schools, helping students learn to guide their peers out of harm’s way. KSFR's Zelie Pollon caught up with a group of so called Natural Helpers during their all–day training session at the Santa Fe Mountain Center.

In part two of our series on Youth Suicide, KSFR’s Zelie Pollon speaks with Apryl Miller, Executive Director of New Mexico's Suicide Intervention Project, The Sky Center.