Michael Hernandez

Multimedia Reporter

Michael Hernandez is a multimedia reporter for KRWG Public Media. Watch his reports here at the region's homepage and on KRWG-TV's Newsmakers. You can also hear Michael's stories on KRWG-FM's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.


A native Tucsonan, Hernandez is no stranger to Southwestern life.


He got his first taste of broadcast news from a young age. At two-and-a-half years old, ABC affiliate KGUN9 visited his home to feature him in a story about early childhood education. Hernandez would eagerly watch the evening news with his grandmother after school and credits growing up on classic PBS shows like Bill Nye the Science Guy, Reading Rainbow, ZOOM! and the Saturday night lineup of British comedies for igniting his passion for public media.


Hernandez completed a host of internships as an undergraduate at the University of Arizona. After stints at Tucson’s NBC and CBS news stations, Hernandez interned at Arizona Public Media where he hosted “Newsbreak,” a 90-second daily newscast and reported educational stories for NPR. Additionally, Hernandez worked for UATV, the university’s student-run broadcast station, and held positions including reporter, anchor and executive producer.


Hernandez is a 2017 graduate of the University of Arizona’s School of Journalism and is excited to begin his career in Las Cruces. He looks forward to meeting the people of the Mesilla Valley and reporting stories its residents care about most.

Michael Hernandez

The farmers' market in downtown Las Cruces is a popular spot for both shoppers and vendors to spend a Saturday morning. It’s also the destination for middle school students to sell handmade arts and crafts as part of running their own businesses.

Michael Hernandez

What should teachers do if an active shooter is on campus? Las Cruces Police taught Las Cruces Public Schools educators the ALICE response: an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate.

Time now for Your Weekend Pulse! Your guide to what’s happening in our area this weekend with Alexia Severson, Pulse Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News and Michael Hernandez.

This weekend, Tango for a Piano at the Rio Grande Theatre, Crossroads City Derby’s Las Santas vs. El Paso Roller Derby’s TexPistols, a Science of Space Expo at the Museum of Nature and Science, a showing of “Beauty and the Beast” in Young Park and Okazuri Floating Sushi Bar celebrates its 7th anniversary.

Michael Hernandez

Houston, we have a question. A couple dozen, actually.

More than 100 elementary and homeschooled students filled Las Cruces City Hall for NASA’s in-flight downlink event, where a dozen students were able to ask two questions each to Astronaut Ricky Arnold, flight engineer for Expedition 56 onboard the International Space Station.

The Utilities Board of Commissioners recently voted 6 to 1 to recommend a budget increase of $3.8 million to be phased-in over three years. Under the proposal, the average residential water customer would pay an additional $2.25 per month the first year, $1.78 more per month the second year, and another $1.97 monthly in year three.

As KRWG has reported on previously, New Jersey-based nuclear equipment company Holtec International is applying for a license from the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission to build a $2.4 billion consolidated interim storage facility in Lea County between Hobbs and Carlsbad.

Michael Hernandez

More than 80 minority middle school boys from 24 area schools immersed themselves in the digital world for three weeks as part of the Verizon Innovative Learning program at New Mexico State University.

Michael Hernandez

The League of Women Voters of Greater Las Cruces marked its 50th anniversary by hosting county and state mental health leaders who spoke about addressing the needs of people with mental illness in the region.

Holtec International

New Jersey-based nuclear equipment company Holtec International is applying for an initial 40-year license from the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission to build what it calls a "consolidated interim storage facility" in Lea County.

Sen. Jeff Steinborn

The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission is considering a proposal from Holtec International to build a temporary nuclear waste storage facility near Hobbs in Lea County in southeastern New Mexico.

Michael Hernandez

One of the perks of being a kid includes not worrying about working or paying bills. But organizers of Enterprise City say it’s not too early to start learning.

Michael Hernandez

For those experiencing homelessness, the lack of a steady job and income can be demoralizing. But sometimes all it takes is a broom and a rake to instill a person’s sense of self-worth.

What’s happening in the world of business in the Mesilla Valley? Time now for the Monday Business Watch with Michael Hernandez and Algernon D’Ammassa, business editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News.

This week, the first indoor race track and rock crawler for radio-controlled cars opened in Las Cruces. Plus, children in the Cruces Kids Can Jr. Vendors program show off their business skills in an entrepreneurial competition at the farmer’s market.

Michael Hernandez

After calling for a study examining how minimum wage increases phased in since 2015 are impacting the city’s economy, Las Cruces City Council reviewed the results at a recent work session. 

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich's Office

President Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy has separated more than 2,000 children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. As a result, New Mexico Democratic Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall as well as Connecticut Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal visited the Borderland to get answers.

Michael Hernandez

As the City of Las Cruces examines the local impact of raising minimum wage, let’s review the facts.

NMSU Arrowhead Center

Health technology innovators networked with industry leaders at the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine for the first HealthAssembly conference.  It comes as NMSU’s Arrowhead Center wraps up HealthSprint, a five-month accelerator program that aims to support startups in the digital healthtech industry.

Climate change isn’t some distant phenomenon humans can afford to worry about later. It’s happening now and its effects, especially in the Southwest, can be felt every day.

Deming High School

Students in Deming High School’s Career and Technical Education, or CTE program, aren’t just talking shop, they’re trained for it as soon as they graduate.

Deen van Meer

That iconic Zulu chant to open “The Circle of Life” means The Lion King Broadway musical has arrived in the Borderland.

Michael Hernandez

For the first time in its history, Texas will offer high school students statewide the chance to take an elective course in Mexican-American Studies starting in 2019. Except they’re not calling it that.

Michael Hernandez

Virtual charter schools are supposed to provide students with an online education equivalent to what they would receive at a physical school. But recent findings presented to the Legislative Education Study Committee show that hasn’t been the case in New Mexico.

Garrey Carruthers

After more than 32 years as a student and employee at New Mexico State University, outgoing Chancellor Dr. Garrey Carruthers is hanging his “guns up” at 78 years old.

Michael Hernandez

Las Cruces City Council and school district board members met at Oñate High School to discuss school safety issues including preventing gun violence, strengthening school security and addressing mental health.

New Mexico State University’s Board of Regents has selected two of its five chancellor finalists to lead the university in separate roles. 

NMSU Regents chose Dr. Dan Arvizu, former director of the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laborartory and NMSU engineering alumnus, to be the university’s next chancellor while Dr. John Floros will be campus president. Floros is dean at Kansas State University's College of Agriculture.

Arvizu and Floros will replace outgoing Chancellor Dr. Garrey Carruthers, who serves in both positions.

Michael Hernandez

Outdoor industry leaders from several Western states gathered indoors for a change at the first New Mexico Outdoor Economics Conference. Experts met to promote the physical and financial benefits public lands provide for tourists and businesses.

Low voter turnout seems to be a chronic issue in local elections, but recently passed legislation in New Mexico aims to turn that around. 

Michael Hernandez

Las Cruces City Council met to review the city’s proposed budget for the 2019 fiscal year, which totals about $394 million. Expenditures from the city’s general fund amount to $91.4 million, down 1.6 percent from last fiscal year.

Despite the reduced budget, City Manager Stuart Ed said the city is adding nearly 60 jobs, including a dozen firefighter-in-training positions and police service aides.

Michael Hernandez

Educators arrived at Las Cruces Public Schools job fair with résumés in-hand ready to fill positions as substitutes and full-time teachers.

The 24,300-student district is in the midst of a substitute teacher shortage. Chief Human Resources Officer Dr. Miguel Serrano said it’s nothing new.

Michael Hernandez

For people with mental health disorders, it can be difficult to get proper treatment, and even more so in prison.