Judge orders New Mexico public school district to pay news outlets for violating state public records act

April 19, 2021
On April 19, 2021, a Bernalillo County judge ruled that Albuquerque Public Schools violated New Mexico’s Inspection of Public Records Act when handling requests for documents made by two media outlets. The judge ordered the school district to pay the news organizations more than $400,000.The Albuquerque Journal and local NBC-affiliate KOB 4 had jointly sued the school district, alleging that it failed to meet deadlines in turning over public documents that the news outlets had requested in 2014. The documents …

Albuquerque news crew watches as news van stolen during report on local crime

June 23, 2017
A news van belonging to NBC-affiliate KOB-TV was stolen in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico, on June 23, 2017, while the news crew was gathering footage for a story on local crime.KOB News Director Michelle Donaldson told the Albuquerque Journal that the journalists were following up on recent concerns about crime in the area when they watched as a thief drove away in the station’s SUV.“I have a rule: That you can never be the lead of your own newscast,” Donaldson …