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Searchlight New Mexico is a non-partisan, nonprofit news organization dedicated to investigative reporting and innovative data journalism.

In a landscape of shrinking media resources, our mission is to focus high-impact journalism on topics of local, regional and national interest in order to allow the public to see into the remote recesses of government and to expose abuses of power.

We believe great reporting empowers people to demand honest, effective public policy and to seek appropriate remedies.

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Executive Editor  |  Sara Solovitch guides and edits the work of Searchlight New Mexico. She supervised its launch in January 2018 with the Child Well-Being Project, an investigation into the plight of children and families in New Mexico. Before coming to Searchlight, she published investigative and long-form stories in Esquire, Wired, Politico, and the Washington Post. As a staff reporter at the Philadelphia Inquirer, she covered education, courts and special projects. A former health columnist for the San Jose Mercury News, Solovitch also has traveled throughout New Mexico and Alaska while reporting for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on health care in under-served areas. Her book Playing Scared: A History and Memoir of Stage Fright was published by Bloomsbury in 2015

Staff Writer  |  Ed Williams has reported on poverty, public health and the environment in the U.S. and Latin America for digital, print and radio media outlets since 2005. He comes to Searchlight New Mexico by way of KUNM Public Radio in Albuquerque, where he worked as a reporter covering public health. Ed’s work has appeared in the Austin American-Statesman, NPR, Columbia Journalism Review, and others. He earned a Master’s in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010. 

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Staff Writer  |  April Reese has covered the environment and science in the Southwest for 12 of the past 16 years. Before joining Searchlight New Mexico in April 2019, she freelanced for various magazines and news outlets, including Popular Science, Outside, The Guardian, Scientific American, Science Magazine, Nature and bioGraphic. She’s a Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting grantee and has been an editor at Discover magazine and Cosmos in Australia. She also once worked as E&E’s Southwest reporter and as a producer at Radio High Country News. Reese has a master’s degree in environmental studies from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She lives in Santa Fe with her two spoiled cats, Asha and Cali. 

Staff Writer  |  Ike Swetlitz has traveled the world to hold policymakers, businesses, and scientists accountable. At Searchlight, he is focusing on criminal justice. He most recently reported for STAT, the national health and medical science publication, in both Boston and Washington, D.C., where he focused on drug pricing, artificial intelligence, and genetic engineering. He graduated from Yale with a degree in physics and is based in Albuquerque.

Staff Photographer  |  Don J. Usner was born in Embudo, N.M., and has written and provided photos for several books, including The Natural History of Big Sur; Sabino’s Map: Life in Chimayó’s Old Plaza; Benigna’s Chimayó: Cuentos from the Old Plaza; Valles Caldera: A Vision for New Mexico’s National Preserve (winner of a Southwest Book Award); and Chasing Dichos through Chimayó (finalist for a 2015 New Mexico - Arizona Book Award). Don contributed a chapter and photographs to The Plazas of New Mexico (also a winner of Southwest Book Award), and writes for periodicals as well. His photographs were featured in the photography journal Lenswork and in an online blog of the New Yorker).

Digital Reporter  |  Christian Marquez was born and raised in the Land of Enchantment and has spent his career thus far exploring the stories of the people who call it home. Christian was accepted into the Dow Jones News Fund internship program, and started as an intern at Searchlight New Mexico in the summer of 2018.  His past work has focused on the issues of healthcare access, housing security and homelessness, but also economic development and job growth. He is a graduate of the University of New Mexico and is based in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

Contributing Writer  |  Born and raised in Albuquerque, N.M., Nick Pachelli has reported on health, crime, and justice for a mix of print and digital publications. In 2019, he was a finalist for the Livingston Award, an award honoring the best storytelling by journalists under the age of 35 across all forms of journalism. Nick's work has appeared in the New York Times, Esquire, High Country News, and others. He is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University and received a Masters from Columbia University.