Speaker Bio

Laura Paskus has been writing about environment issues in New Mexico since 2002, when she began her journalism career at High Country News. Over the past 17 years, she's reported for magazines, newspapers, radio and public television, winning too many awards to list here. In 2019, Paskus won two first-place awards in the same competition, one for her story “Federal climate report shows how climate change will impact U.S. economy, infrastructure and more” in the “Science and Technology: General Reporting” category and another in the “Public Service” category for her coverage of the Texas v. New Mexico water lawsuit in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. A former archaeologist and tribal consultant, she currently hosts a monthly show on New Mexico PBS, "Our Land: New Mexico's Environmental Past, Present and Future" and is a graduate student in the University of New Mexico's Geography and Environmental Studies Department. This year, she's finishing up a book for the University of New Mexico Press, "At the Precipice: New Mexico's Changing Climate." She's also mom to a 13-year old daughter, and a fan of feisty cattledogs.


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