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.

White Sands Missile Range

Occupying more than 2 million acres of land across five southern New Mexico counties, White Sands Missile Range is the Department of Defense’s largest land based test range facility. The site conducts weapon systems testing for all branches of the military as well as allied countries and private industries.

Michael Hernandez

The right to vote is a pillar of the Constitution and democracy in the United States, so why not make a day of it?

The Doña Ana County Clerk’s Office did exactly that as it partnered with the Election Advisory Council to host the second annual “Celebrating Democracy in Doña Ana County" event.

Michael Hernandez

Sparks fly as 23-year-old Abbey Seward uses a welding torch to perform what’s called a stick weld on a rectangular plate of carbon-steel.

Michael Hernandez

In a KRWG Public Media control room, New Mexico State University student Evelyn Sandoval jots down some final notes on her director’s script as she prepares to cue her production staff for the night’s broadcast.

James Carville

The Domenici Institute at New Mexico State University wrapped up its 11th annual Public Policy Conference at the Las Cruces Convention Center.

During the two-day conference, the Institute paid tribute to the life and work of its namesake, the late Sen. Pete V. Domenici who died in Sept. 2017.

Amanda López Askin

The Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners voted 3 to 2 along party lines to appoint Dr. Amanda López Askin as the next county clerk.

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

President Trump recently cancelled a 2.1 percent cost-of-living adjustment and a locality pay increase due to take effect in January 2019 for more than 2 million civilian federal employees.

Trump sent a letter to House and Senate leaders on Aug. 30 stating that locality pay increases would cost the federal government $25 billion "in addition to a 2.1 percent across-the-board increase for the base General Schedule," which covers the majority of civilian federal workers.

Michael Hernandez spoke on the phone with U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich about the President's decision and what it means for federal employees in New Mexico.

Michael Hernandez

The quality of the air we breathe can significantly impact our health in both the short and long-term. The Environmental Protection Agency said the two pollutants which pose the greatest risk to human health in the U.S. are ground-level ozone, or smog, and particulate matter.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

From renegotiating NAFTA to President Trump’s trade war with China, trade continues to be a focal point in politics, news and even pop culture, as HBO comedian John Oliver explains tariffs on a recent episode of Last Week Tonight.

Michael Hernandez

U.S. and Mexican political and economic leaders met in El Paso for the 2018 U.S.-Mexico Border Summit hosted by the Borderplex Alliance, which includes Las Cruces, El Paso, and Mexico’s Ciudad Juarez.

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.