By Denise Tessier
As promised, New Mexico in Depth launched its series on Gov. Susana Martinez this past weekend, beginning with an in-depth interview with the governor.
The piece, “Combativeness could harm legacy, some say,” is buttressed by comments from both supporters and detractors regarding the governor’s relationship with the State Legislature, little more than two weeks before this year’s legislation session begins.
It includes quotes from Harvey E. Yates, the oilman who was state GOP chairman when Martinez was elected governor, who, while giving Martinez some compliments, told journalist Heath Haussamen her administration has “too often been a divisive force rather than a uniting force” in its dealings with the Legislature.
The launch of the series – “Looking Back, Thinking Forward” — also includes a sidebar listing 14 accomplishments Martinez cited during the interview conducted at her home in Las Cruces, and another piece, “About New Mexico In Depth’s first series,” giving an overview of what readers can expect with this examination of the governor’s tenure.
From the pieces submitted so far, the series has been well worth the wait for those of us anticipating the first stories reflecting the news site’s name: “New Mexico In Depth.”
I’ve written before about the importance of independent journalism, and the excellence of the work of New Mexico in Depth’s principals, Trip Jennings and Heath Haussamen, in particular. With New Mexico In Depth, and the also-online New Mexico Compass, New Mexicans are witnessing the beginnings of two independent journalism outlets that I optimistically hope will become long-standing forces in service to citizens of the state – en even the nation when the subject matter warrants — not unlike what the state of Texas already enjoys with The Texas Tribune (whose stories get picked up by The New York Times) and StateImpact.com.
Readers who wish to be as informed as possible about New Mexico need these sites and the knowledge shared by their experienced writers. It goes without saying — but I’ll say it anyway — that they in turn need reader support. Check them out.