Michael Hernandez

Multimedia Reporter

Michael Hernandez was a multimedia reporter for KRWG Public Media from late 2017 through early 2020. He continues to appear on KRWG-TV from time to time on our popular "EnviroMinute" segments, which feature conservation and citizen science issues in the region.


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.

Dr. Debra Peters is a research scientist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Jornada Experimental Range north of Las Cruces.

Peters said desert landscapes have changed in the past­–and that can help us understand how climate change may impact vegetation.

Peters said a process called desertification turned the Jornada del Muerto more desert-like over the course of a century.

Michael Hernandez

In a region as thirsty as southern New Mexico, every gallon counts. To ensure drinking water stays safe and wastewater is treated properly, Las Cruces Utilities unveiled its new Water Quality Laboratory located on West Amador Avenue.

Utility officials say the roughly $4 million facility is about five times larger than the City’s existing test site and is designed to meet green building ratings.

Water Quality Lab Manager Luis Guerra has worked for the City for more than a dozen years. He said the extra space allows the lab to keep meeting safety standards and run more tests if needed.

Michael Hernandez

Wearing shirts that read "Stop Rx Greed," about two dozen AARP members rallied at the downtown Civic Plaza to protest the rising cost of prescription drugs.

Retired attorney Jeanne Hamrick has multiple sclerosis. The chronic autoimmune disease affects her central nervous system, causing fatigue and cognitive issues.

But Hamrick said she felt lucky to be diagnosed shortly after the first injectable medication was introduced in 1993.

Mallory Falk / KERA

In another showing of solidarity, El Pasoans attended a memorial service for the victims shot and killed at a Walmart in early August.

The alleged shooter, 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, faces capital murder charges and county prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Crusius told police he had specifically targeted Mexicans in the attack.

Michael Hernandez

Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima said the "character and the involvement of the community” convinced him to seek a fourth term.

The mayor announced his bid for re-election at a Tuesday press conference downtown. Miyagishima, whose campaign slogan is “Building a Great City,” said he has many tasks left to accomplish as mayor.

Among his top priorities is developing the site of some 100 acres of land on Lohman Avenue that was once the City’s landfill.

Michael Hernandez

Officials with the City’s Economic Development Department highlighted their economic outlook for Las Cruces using data gathered midway through 2019.

Economist Francisco Pallares said the City’s unemployment rate in May was 4.5 percent, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

That matched the statewide rate for the month but remained slightly higher than the May 2018 rate of 4.1 percent.

Alamogordo NOW

Aug 6, 2019

Jessica Onsurez, news director of the Alamogordo Daily News brings us the latest news from Alamogordo.

This week—U.S. Border Patrol checkpoints in the El Paso Sector that closed in late March to address an influx of migrants have reopened, a Lincoln County man accused of having possible explosives in his vehicle is arrested, and the drug treatment clinic White Sands Family Practice is set to shutter its doors by Aug. 30.

Michael Hernandez

El Paso’s Lights for Liberty rally in July drew a few hundred people to protest migrant detention camps.

Rallygoers marched from the Paso del Norte Bridge to a downtown park where they held a vigil. 

10 local and national undergraduate students attended events like Light for Liberty this summer to learn about immigration issues firsthand.

Michael Hernandez

For three decades and counting, Las Cruces and Ciudad Lerdo have shown their respective countries the meaning of friendship.

At a recent Las Cruces City Council meeting, officials from Lerdo, Durango, Mexico and its Sister Cities Committee signed an international agreement renewing “understanding, friendship and peace between the two cities and two nations."

Michael Hernandez

In the Lincoln National Forest, amateur archaeologists are on a treasure hunt–and they’re finding historical gold in the form of clothing, shell casings and even license plates.

It’s part of a heritage tourism program the U.S. Forest Service runs called Passport in Time. Volunteers work with archaeologists and historians on public lands nationwide to survey, excavate and restore sites of historical or cultural value.

Reporters Geoffrey Plant, C.P. Thompson and David Marquez with the Silver City Daily News and Independent update us on the Silver City Report.

This week–A fire in Indian Hills starts on the Fourth of July, Sixth Judicial District Attorney Francesca Esteves denies filing a motion that she can’t pay for a lawyer to defend her case, and the NM CAP Entity reviews findings of a preliminary draft environmental impact statement by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Finally, there’s a new surgeon at Gila Regional Medical Center.

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This week– the children's play "The Reluctant Dragon" runs Friday and Saturday at Mayfield High School, an event for gamers takes place at the Mesilla Valley Mall on Saturday, and another weekend of movies and music in the Young Park.

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This week–Doña Ana Communities United works to revitalize two Nevada Avenue neighboorhoods, Cruces Creatives is celebrating turning one year old, and a local musician is making his childhood dreams a reality.

Michael Hernandez

Consider El Paso resident Vibert Skeete a busy bee with his recent hobby.

A substitute teacher for Socorro Independent School District, Skeete has kept bees in his backyard for about a year.

It’s the start of a new week and that means it’s time for the latest news in business. Michael Hernandez spoke with Algernon D’Ammassa of the Las Cruces Sun-News.

This week—the nonprofit group Farmers for Free Trade visits Las Cruces on its nationwide tour to promote the benefits of the USMCA trade agreement, a new nightclub opens its doors, and International Delights restaurant chooses to stay open after announcing it would close.

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In the secluded jungle of north-central Guatemala, ten indigenous students from New Mexico State University traveled to the country’s Ixcán region.

There, they spent a week living with Maya community members­ as part of the first environmental leadership exchange through the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences.

Reporters Geoffrey Plant and C.P. Thompson with the Silver City Daily News and Independent update us on the Silver City Report.

This week–The Arizona Game and Fish Dept. reports an increase in wolves killing cattle in the Gila National Forest, the Santa Rita Shrine is restored after being vandalized last year and a recap of the Silver City Blues Festival.

Alamogordo NOW

May 28, 2019

Jessica Onsurez, news director of the Alamogordo Daily News brings us the latest news from Alamogordo.

This week—a recent National Park Service report details the economic impact of White Sands National Monument, World War II Navajo Code Talker and longtime New Mexico State Sen. John Pinto dies, and a sexual assault takes place at the Otero County Prison Facility.

Algernon D'Ammassa with the Las Cruces Sun-News updates us each Monday with the latest news in business.

This week—a hemp production company moves to Doña Ana County but fire code violations delay its operations and the Organ Mountain-Desert Peaks National Monument turns five.

Michael Hernandez

Rich Global Hemp Corp. plans to hire up to 180 people to grow industrial hemp at its roughly 750,000 square-foot greenhouse facility. 

That's the former Aldershot nursery located in Mesilla Park south of Las Cruces.

State, county and economic leaders made the announcement Monday at New Mexico State University's Leyendecker Plant Science Center in La Mesa, hosted by the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance.

Jason Lindsey / Converge Las Cruces

The dangerous effects of climate change make headlines every day. But to drive it home, sometimes a face-to-face meeting is required.

That’s the concept behind the photography exhibit “The Face of Climate Change."

Michael Hernandez

Space startup SpinLaunch broke ground on a $7 million test facility to be built roughly seven miles south of Spaceport America.

SpinLaunch aims to use kinetic energy to launch satellites as small as microwave ovens into space at hypersonic speeds without using rocket fuel. The company will power the all-electric launch system using renewable energy.

Michael Hernandez

Thousands of community members celebrated the ninth Southern New Mexico Earth Day at the Plaza de Las Cruces.

There, booths representing dozens of local organizations and businesses invited residents to take part in ecological activities. 

That included making seed bombs to plant wildflowers or getting up close and personal with insects.

Time for the latest news from Silver City with Silver City Daily Press and Independent reporters Geoffrey Plant and C.P. Thompson.

This week: The Gila Regional Medical Center is losing budget funding due to state policy changes, a petition to annex Ridge Road Mobile Park is withdrawn, an update on a 33-year-old women who went missing from Gila Regional Medical Center's Behavioral Health Unit, and Silver Consolidated School officials met with community members about Cliff Schools.

Alamogordo NOW

Apr 23, 2019

Jessica Onsurez, news director of the Alamogordo Daily News brings us the latest news from Alamogordo.

This week: A 20-year-old man who went missing in the Desert Foothills Park returns home, the Otero County Commission declares a state of emergency over empty checkpoints and an armed group is patrolling the border along southern New Mexico.

Algernon D'Ammassa with the Las Cruces Sun-News provides the latest business news on Mondays.

This week, a new pain managament institute on Lohman Avenue is addressing chronic pain and the opioid crisis.

Michael Hernandez

The University of Texas El Paso's Centennial Museum exhibit "Where the World Met the Border: El Paso's First Ward" showcases the roots of El Paso's First Ward.

Michael Hernandez spoke with Dr. David Dorado Romo, an author and Borderlands historian, and Centennial Museum Director Daniel Carey-Whalen about the history of the city's first neighborhood.

The exhibit is on display through April 27.

Michael Hernandez

From air and water pollution to climate change, there’s no shortage of problems facing the environment. 

But future engineers are up to the challenge of solving them.

More than 150 engineering students and faculty from universities nationwide met at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum to test prototypes they designed and built to solve tasks.

Michael Hernandez

Counting the number of birds in your backyard or bees in your garden isn’t rocket science­­­­–it’s citizen science, an activity people of all ages and abilities can join.

A handful of residents met at the Munson Center to learn about a few of the many citizen science projects out there.

On this episode of Issues and Answers: Citizen Science, Michael Hernandez showcases examples of local projects Las Cruces community members are taking part in to help scientists collect environmental data. The program also reviews the threats posed by climate change.