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.

 

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for our US Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich. After sponsoring a bill to designate two additional wilderness areas in New Mexico they joined forces on a bill to create a national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES). The bill would require utilities companies like our own Public Utilities of New Mexico, or PNM, to generate at least 30 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030. KSFR's Zelie Pollon spoke with Senator Heinrich about both the RES and the wilderness designation.

Lobbyists spent record amounts this year wooing politicians and trying to influence bills. In a recent report by New Mexico In Depth, Journalist Sandra Fish went through all the spending records from the Secretary of State’s office up until May 1st. She explained to KSFR what she found. 

Today we continue to hear from participants at this year’s Community Day, which took place this past weekend on the Santa Fe Plaza.