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.


First Lady Michelle Obama spoke to 105 Santa Fe Indian school graduates plus a crowd of 3000 at the in a commencement address where she urged the graduates to remember their tribal history and carry it with them proudly. She said “you are the next generation of leaders in your communities.” The First Lady’s speech is part of the Generation Indigenous Initiative from the Obama Administration aimed at removing "barriers to success" for Native American youth, who the White House says make up the nation's "most vulnerable population."

Paula Francis and Ginny Sassaman have walked to Santa Fe from Vermont – that’s more than 3,000 miles so far --  to talk to people about happiness and what really matters.

Ginny and Paula will be at the Farmer’s Market tomorrow morning interviewing people about what matters.

Vermont Senator and Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders will be speaking at Santa Fe Community College today at 3pm. Early this morning a line was beginning to snake around the college gym, which holds roughly 2500 people. We spoke to some of the fans camped outside the gym, to find out why they had to come to support Sen Sanders.

On Friday in a Federal Court in Las Cruces three Human Services Department officials invoked their fifth amendment right against self-incrimination nearly 100 times. Matt Reichbach, editor of New Mexico Political Report and reporter Joey Peters were in the courtroom – two of less than a handful of reporters covering the bombshell story. I spoke with Reichbach this morning for details of the hearing.

People across the country, and indeed around the world, are increasingly interested in investigating their family history. The trend has been so popular that a show dedicated to families discovering the mysteries of their lineage is now in its third season. The premiere of PBS’ Genealogy Roadshow is tomorrow, Tuesday, May 17 and it features none other than families right here in New Mexico. I spoke with Genealogist and Roadshow host Mary Tedesco about tomorrow’s program.

This weekend, El Museo Cultural will host a celebration of all things green. On a recent windy afternoon, KSFR'S Zelie Pollon caught up with Glen Schiffbauer, executive director of the Green Chamber of Commerce, to hear about this year's festival. 

Democratic Party members recently held a press conference denouncing Donald Trump as the presumptive Republican Presidential nominee. Democratic Party of New Mexico Chairwoman Debra Haaland has called Trump racist and demeaning to women. The Republican party spokesperson called the statements predictable. We spoke with representatives of both parties to hear their take.

This Sunday, May 8th, LittleGlobe and the Lensic Performing Arts Cenrter present City of Dreamers. It’s a collaborative, student-driven community engagement program featuring short documentary videos, live on-stage radio production and music, and conversations that highlight the voices and stories of Santa Fe Dreamers Project participants, Capital High and other students, families, and residents of Santa Fe’s South Side. KSFR has participated in the project giving journalism trainings and working directly with Youthworks participants to produce radio features for this event.

Yesterday we spoke with Freelance journalist Jeff Proctor about investigative grand juries and their specific impact on the race for First Judicial District Attorney. Today we hear more about Proctor’s year long investigative project for New Mexico Indepth on New Mexico’s criminal Justice system.

Freelance journalist Jeff Proctor couldn’t have known the impact he might have had when he began a series of articles on investigative grand juries. But that series now seems to be be playing a big role in the race for First Judicial District Attorney, a position currently held by Jennifer Padgett, appointed by Gov Susana Martinez to fill in for former DA Spence Pacheco. I asked Proctor to begin by describing what investigative Grand juries are and how they’ve been used in cases involving police shootings.

In part two in our election discussion with Lonna Atkeson, the director of the Center for the Study of Voting, Elections and Democracy and a professor at UNM we speak about disenfranchised voters, particularly given the numbers of voters who waited hours at polling stations in Arizona during their primary elections. To Akeson, the main issue is making sure people register to vote as a Democrat or Republican and do it in a timely and correct manner.

Given the unpredictable and increasingly chaotic Presidentialrace, we asked Lonna Atkeson, the director of the Center for theStudy of Voting, Elections and Democracy and a professor at UNM totell us about some of the implications and possibilities for theprimaries and ultimately the presidential election.

Northern New Mexico College has had a difficult few years, including the departure of their last president amid extensive criticism over management and financial mishandling. However, the new search for a president isn’t without its share of controversy.

First we’ll bring you this week’s roundup of the biggest news stories from NewMexicoPoliticalReport.com. Editor Matt Reichbach talks to KSFR’s Zelie Pollon about Gov. Susana Martinez's popularity as a potential vice-presidential nominee, transgender discrimination in Albuquerque schools, and more.

From Political corruption in court to the state’s behavioral health crisis, we speak to Matt Reichbach with New Mexico Political Report about some of the week’s biggest news stories.

This week, world leaders are gathering in Washington DC for President Obama’s fourth and final Nuclear Security Summit with a stated goal of preventing nuclear terrorism by securing nuclear materials. Among those heading to DC is Santa Fe-based activist Jesse Guillen with the group Global Zero, which seeks to eliminate nuclear weapons around the world. KSFR's Zelie Pollon spoke to Gullien just as he arrived in Washington DC. 

At tonight’s City Council meeting, the Chainbreaker Collective, an advocacy organization focusing on transportation equity and civil rights, will be launching "Operation Elephant" to oppose possible transportation service cuts that could disproportionately affect poor Santa Feans of color. KSFR's Zelie Pollon spoke with Chainbreaker director Thomas Rivera to hear about the campaign.

March is Women’s history month and we’ll be looking at important new mexico women and issues throughout. As we heard yesterday in our interview with New Mexico Women dot org, the theme of this year’s International Women’s day event is equal pay for women. One of the organizations working toward pay equity for women in our state is the Southwest Women’s Law Center. I spoke with executive director Pamelya Herndon, the to find out how they passed a fair pay act for women in the New Mexico legislature.

The financing of Campaigns is clearly a national issue but it’s also a topic of passionate discussion right here in northern New Mexico. Santa Fean and long time political operative Sandra Weschler will launch this week, her response to a system that benefits large donors at the expense of every day citizens who’d like to be involved in the political process.

Today is International Women’s Day, a time to mark women’s accomplishments and also a time to reflect on how far we need to go. KSFR's Zelie Pollon checked in with NewMexicoWomen.org to learn about some ways to commemorate women's achievements and advance the goal of equality. 

Visit NewMexicoWomen.org to view the list.