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Rob Nikolewski, Editor in Chief. Since coming to Santa Fe in 2010, Rob has covered New Mexico politics and investigate stories centering on fraud, waste and abuse in government as the managing editor of Capitol Report New Mexico and New Mexico Watchdog.
He writes a regular opinion column in the Sunday editions of the Santa Fe New Mexican.
A three-time Emmy Award-winning television sports anchor and reporter, Rob shifted his focus from TV to the Internet, covering New Mexico directly from his office in the media room at the Roundhouse.
A holder of a bachelor’s degree in journalism from in San Antonio, TX, and a master’s degree in journalism from the , Nikolewski earned a master’s in public administration from the in New York City in 2008.
During his television career, Nikolewski focused on sports, where he covered such events as the World Series, the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals, the NCAA Final Four and wrote a weekly column for . He has worked in such TV markets as New York, Boston, Pittsburgh and Reno, where he was named the During Rob’s stint in Pittsburgh, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette described him as
Nikolewski has also worked for international public relations, corporate strategy and communications companies as a speechwriter, copy editor and opinions writer. He edited and helped write an by , the former Prime Minister of Italy, that was published in The Washington Times and wrote a speech for the CEO of the largest energy company in Scandinavia in the run-up to the Copenhagen climate summit.
Rob lives in Santa Fe, with his golden retriever, Willow, who is a registered independent.
Jim Scarantino, former Investigative Reporter, New Mexico Watchdog. In January of 2013, Jim stepped down as investigative reporter to finish a novel he”s been working on after turning in a slew of stories for New Mexico Watchdog that have drawn statewide and national recognition.
Jim is a magna cum laude graduate of the and . As a young lawyer in Philadelphia, he clerked for the Chief Judge of , the late . He then prosecuted child abuse and investigated organized crime and political corruption as an assistant district attorney in the office of ,
Jim moved to New Mexico in 1984 and rose to partner in one of the state’s leading firms before establishing his solo practice in 1991. Jim has represented Fortune 500 companies, Native American religious activists, ranchers, gold miners, hunting guides, LA gang members, illegal immigrants and, in particular, small businesses and individuals fighting government oppression. In 2006 Jim closed his practice, going out as the ‘s Attorney of the Year.
Jim has been a Democrat and a Republican. He worked for of Pennsylvania in his successful first run for the Senate. Jim was an advance man for the great , Pennsylvania’s most popular governor. In New Mexico he worked on the campaigns of Democratic and Republican candidates for state and local offices. He was persuaded to become a registered Republican by the gubernatorial campaign of Gary Johnson, In 2000, Jim co-chaired the effort in New Mexico. Since then, he has continued to support the person he believes is the best candidate for the office, and reserves the right to register with either party to support the best person in a party primary. Jim currently has no party affiliation.
Jim for three years wrote a column for Albuquerque’s alternative news-weekly, . He was named one of the nation’s best political columnists by the . In 2008-09, Jim wrote a bi-weekly column on the op-ed pages of . He surrendered that honor to begin this website.
Jim has had his own or co-hosted talk radio programs on and FM 106.3 KAGM. His op-eds have been published in over fifty major newspapers around the nation. He was a regular panelist on KNME-TV’s public affairs program, “In Focus” until September 2010 when he took a long break to tour Europe, walk across England, write a novel, sing in an opera and hike America’s mountains.
(Photos courtesy of Mark Bralley)