Madison Staten

Multimedia Reporter

Madison Staten is a Multimedia Reporter for KRWG Public Media.  You can hear her stories on KRWG-FM and watch on KRWG-TV's Newsmakers.

Originally from Portland, Oregon, Madison spent her college years at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She received both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the institution.


Madison worked on a variety of shows for Arizona PBS during her time in college—including Arizona Horizon and the television magazine program Catalyst.


She is passionate about storytelling and public media, and believes in the the mission of public broadcasting: to educate and inform with depth and accuracy.


She strives to uphold the core principles of journalism, and looks forward to serving the region.


Madison joined KRWG in July, 2020


Daniel Kim has had a singular focus since the start of the pandemic—creating sewing kits for the many volunteers of The Blue Mask Group.

“Good fitting masks that have excellent filtration abilities can mean the difference between health and sickness, or even life and death,” Daniel Kim said.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham


In the most recent COVID update, the state announced long term care facilities with no reported COIVD cases will be able to start welcoming visitors in select counties.

These visits will be by appointment only and require a plexiglass barrier between visitors, as well as masks and correct social distancing practices.

Selected counties include Grant and Sierra. Doña Ana County does not yet meet the requirements due to the higher case count but will continue to be monitored.

New Mexico State University hosted a town hall recently to address new ways to foster the use of clean energy statewide.

A recent NMSU town hall focused on the development of the i-CREW project, a plan centered around developing a statewide clean energy roadmap, creating new business opportunities and accelerating technology innovation.  


The Las Cruces School Board voted Tuesday on a new name for Oñate High School. The new name will become official in time for the 2021-22 school year. 


The board voted in a 4-1 decision to change the name of Oñate High School to Organ Mountains. Ray Jaramillo was the only board member to vote against the change.


A recent Yelp survey indicates over 60 percent of restaurants nationwide that closed temporarily because of COVID-19 have now shut their doors forever.

Here in Las Cruces, the weight of the pandemic is being felt by restaurants across the city. 

“The unknown. That's the problem, the unknown, are we going to be able to go inside again?” Jodie York said.

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A survey from The National Education Association of Las Cruces finds many teachers have unreported underlying medical conditions. 

“It's going to be devastating if we end up losing one child, or one teacher, or you know, one staff member, that's too many,” Denise Sheehan said.

The Las Cruces City Council unanimously approved The Las Cruces Safe Promise campaign, a program dedicated to encouraging residents and visitors to use safe COVID-19 practices.    

The campaign will work in conjunction with the state’s New Mexico Safe Promise, a certification program for businesses that promise to use safe practices.   Councilor Johana Bencomo is hopeful this will make customers feel more comfortable.  

A lack of internet access is not a new problem for many families in the state of New Mexico, but the divide has only become more apparent in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

Nowhere is the internet divide clearer than in the classroom, as students battle both computer and web access. Latino Decisions and its partners highlighted some concerns Latino families have about access to education in a new survey.


Local businesses could be the key to revitalizing the Las Cruces economy post COVID-19.

“It doesn’t have to be the next Microsoft. Economic development is getting people who are not gainfully engaged in the economy, engaged,” Michael Shuman said.  

Christopher Smelser

It’s been almost a year since the city of Las Cruces last had a police auditor. 

The city council recently discussed hiring a new company for that job. 

The Las Cruces City Council discussed the need for a new auditor to review police department operations. While not legally mandated, the city has historically had an auditor to look over internal affairs.

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  What’s in a name?

That’s the question Las Cruces school board members debated Tuesday in response to a motion calling for the renaming of Oñate High School.

In a 3-1 vote, the Las Cruces school board moved to select a name they believe will better reflect the identity of the school community.