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.

Michael Hernandez

New Mexico State University has gone to the dogs.

Fortunately, that’s positive news for students in the school’s Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, or ACES College.

In the Facility for Investigating Dog/Owner Learning and Behavior, or Fido Lab, students can teach puppies up to 15 months old basic obedience and socialization skills. 

Michael Hernandez

Retired police officer Ron Stallworth still keeps his red membership card from the Ku Klux Klan in his wallet for show—and for good reason.

As the first black detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department, Stallworth infiltrated the KKK in the late 1970s. 

Michael Hernandez

Journalists rely on sunshine laws to shed light on government agencies and hold them accountable. In honor of “Sunshine Week,” border reporters met at New Mexico State University to discuss the critical role transparency plays in their work.

Michael Hernandez

Reyaun Francisco has made history as the first Native American student to run for president of ASNMSU, the Associated Students of New Mexico State University.

Francisco, a senior majoring in government and human resource management, is a first-generation college student. He grew up on the Navajo reservation near Fort Wingate in northwest New Mexico.

Dr. Jonathan Overpeck

As part of an ongoing seminar series hosted by New Mexico State University, climate scientists are visiting Las Cruces to educate residents about the dangers climate change poses to New Mexico while presenting ways to combat the issue.

Dr. Jonathan Overpeck, climate scientist and dean at the University of Michigan's School for Environment and Sustainability, is the latest expert to visit the Mesilla Valley. 

Wild Friends

Fifth graders from Monte Vista Elementary recently visited the state Legislature to promote a bill they helped draft to protect pollinators like bees and butterflies.

The students are among hundreds statewide taking part in Wild Friends, a civics and wildlife education program at the University of New Mexico School of Law’s Institute of Public Law.

To learn about their visit with lawmakers in Santa Fe, Michael Hernandez spoke with Wild Friends Director Sue George and science educator Sara Van Note.

Michael Hernandez

Just beyond the entrance to the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park lies a partitioned tract of land housing a variety of grasses, shrubs, and flowering plants called forbs.

While home to plant life now, Asombro Institute for Science Education Specialist Ryan Pemberton said the site looked very different in June 2000. That’s when 7,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled onto the park’s northern boundary.

Drs. Scott Denning and Katharine Hayhoe

The American Southwest faces a multitude of threats when it comes to climate change; hotter temperatures, increased forest fires and longer droughts to name a few.

It’s a monumental problem, but a problem Dr. Scott Denning, an atmospheric science professor at Colorado State University can describe in three words; simple, serious and solvable. 

Michael Hernandez

2019 looks to be a good year for both the U.S. and New Mexico economies but signs point to a slowdown. That’s according to outlooks by economists from Wells Fargo and New Mexico State University.

Michael Hernandez

Bill Lindemann wakes up early every morning, as he’s done for the past 15 years, to read a plastic rain gauge in his backyard.

We're back with another edition of "Voice of the Public" with Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima and host Michael Hernandez. Listen to the mayor answer questions from Las Cruces residents about issues affecting the city in this radio town hall.

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Michael Hernandez

Sixth grade students from Vista Middle School arrived by bus to the Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park just southwest of Las Cruces.

It seems like an ordinary field trip, but on this day these middle schoolers are more than students. They’re scientists, too.

Michael Hernandez

Many people picture lobbyists as corporate suits making shady backdoor deals with politicians to push their agendas, but that’s not all that lobbyists can be.

According to local state and environmental leaders, everyone has the power to lobby and enact policy change.

Michael Hernandez

Members of Indivisible Las Cruces, a local nonpartisan group that focuses on voter education and civic engagement, met recently to discuss upcoming and potential changes to the electoral process in New Mexico.

More than 55 percent of registered voters statewide turned out in the 2018 midterm elections. While that’s up 15 percent from 2014, it means nearly half of New Mexico’s total eligible voters didn’t.

Michael Hernandez

Seniors at Oñate High School skim through the pages of their study guides as they play Jeopardy! to prepare for midterm exams in their "Principles of Democracy" class. It’s a state-required course for high school students to graduate.

Alzheimer's Association New Mexico Chapter

Democratic State Rep. Joanne Ferrary, who won re-election in District 37 in November, has a personal connection to Alzheimer’s disease.

She said she and her husband took care of her mother-in-law who had severe dementia and died at 94.

Michael Hernandez

Donors came together for a benefit at the downtown El Paso Community Foundation room featuring a discussion with six leading authors about their new books, immigration and border relations.

It's time for the Monday Business Watch with Michael Hernandez and Algernon D’Ammassa with the Las Cruces Sun-News.

This week, the New Mexico State University Board of Regents has approved a rule allowing New Mexico to produce industrial hemp beginning in 2019.

Michael Hernandez

Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke lost the Senate race to incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz by 2.6 percent of the vote. More than 4 million Texans voted for him and that’s led to widespread speculation about his future.

O’Rourke said multiple times during his campaign he would not seek the presidency in 2020. Yet at his first town hall meeting since the midterm elections, he changed his answer and said he’s not ruling anything out. 

Michael Hernandez

Students from Mexico visited New Mexico State University during the third annual "Día Descubre" recruiting event to tour the campus, learn more about the school’s programs and meet with teachers and student ambassadors.

Time now for the Monday Business Watch with Michael Hernandez and Algernon D’Ammassa with the Las Cruces Sun-News.

Michael Hernandez

Doña Ana County joins Bernalillo and McKinley counties, the Albuquerque City Council and a handful of other municipalities in New Mexico that have already adopted Medicaid buy-in resolutions this year. The federally supported program provides health coverage to low-income residents.

Organizers from the NM Together for Healthcare campaign, a statewide coalition of families and organizations, presented the resolution to the county’s Board of Commissioners at a recent meeting.

City of Las Cruces

The “Elevate Las Cruces” comprehensive plan is a roadmap that will serve as the city’s guide for long-term growth and sustainability over the next two decades.

The project is a full update to the document the city partially revised in 2013 based on policies from 1999.

Michael Hernandez

It was a pivotal night for Democrats in New Mexico and nationwide as they regained control of the U.S. House of Represenatives while Republicans held on to the Senate.

Locally, Democratic candidates running in various state legislative, commission and county races in Doña Ana gathered at the Las Cruces Convention Center for an election watch party hosted by Democrat Xochitl Torres Small's campaign.

Vote Common Good

Hymns rang through the evening as the evangelical group Vote Common Good visited the City of Crosses to preach not only the gospel, but encourage evangelical voters to flip Congress in the midterm elections.

Don Bartletti

Don Bartletti worked at the L.A. Times for 32 years and recently visited New Mexico State University to speak with journalism students about his award-winning work.

New Mexico Copper Corporation

New Mexico Copper Corporation is applying for a 12-year mining operations permit from the state’s Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department. The company plans to mine copper ore along with gold, silver and molybdenum at the Copper Flat Mine located about 30 miles southwest of Truth or Consequences near Hillsboro.

Michael Hernandez

Healthcare is the fastest-growing sector in the United States and with an aging baby boomer population, the demand for qualified professionals is set to increase sharply.

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of healthcare occupations to grow 18 percent between 2016 and 2026, adding 2.4 million jobs, more than any other industry in that span.

With that in mind, officials from Doña Ana Community College want to remind students doctors and nurses are just part of the workforce. 

Alamogordo NOW

Oct 23, 2018

Time to find out what's happening in Alamogordo on Alamogordo NOW. Michael Hernandez spoke with Alamogordo Daily News Editor Duane Barbati to learn the latest.

Time now for the Monday Business Watch with Michael Hernandez and Algernon D'Ammassa with the Las Cruces Sun- News.

This week, the McDonald's on Avenida de Mesilla undergoes construction as part of a nationwide rebuild to install self-service kiosks, construction along Las Cruces Avenue continues to affect parking and businesses, and a 24-mile road connecting Spaceport America to Las Cruces opens.