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Loving Our Changing Homelands

By Laura Paskus July 16, 2024

No matter where you live, climate change should be on your mind.      New Mexico is warming and it is drying. Our forests are changing, and our rivers and aquifers are…

What is Our Land?

In June 2017, NMPBS debuted "Our Land: New Mexico’s Environmental Past, Present, & Future,” with longtime reporter Laura Paskus. On Our Land, NMPBS would cover challenging issues like climate change, water scarcity, pollution, forest fires, energy development, and nuclear waste, and do it in a way that would articulate a love of place and community. We also spent more than a year reporting on the military's contamination of groundwater with PFAS

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Meet Laura Paskus & the Our Land Crew

Laura Paskus has reported on environmental issues in New Mexico since 2002, when she began her career at High Country News. She has worked for print, online, radio, and television outlets, covering the most important environmental issues of her generation, including climate change and its impacts. She’s the author of the 2020 book, “At the Precipice: New Mexico’s Changing Climate” and is senior producer of the series on NMPBS, “Our Land: New Mexico’s Environmental Past, Present and Future.”

Over the course of her career, Paskus has freelanced for local, regional, and national outlets and also worked as managing editor for Tribal College Journal, a publication of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium; as a reporter and producer for KUNM-FM in Albuquerque; and as the environment reporter for New Mexico Political Report. In 2024, Torrey House Press will publish her new book, “Water Bodies: Love Letters to the Most Abundant Substance on Earth."  

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Antony Lostetter, Director/Editor 

Antony Lostetter is the Production Manager at New Mexico PBS and chief videographer and editor of “Our Land: New Mexico's Environmental Past, Present and Future.” For 18 years, his award-winning videography, as well as his audio and graphic work, have been an integral part of the station’s programming and events, including debates, town halls, and performances. His drone photography, 4k footage, and outdoor lighting push the boundaries of what people previously considered possible for a quick run and gun style production. Equipped with battery-powered lights and multiple 4k cameras—and employing both pride and precision—Antony and his crew tell visually compelling stories about culture, the environment, and all the issues that matter to New Mexicans. 

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Benjamin C. Yazza, Multimedia Producer

Benjamin C. Yazza began working at NMPBS as an intern for the series, New Mexico In Focus. He quickly became an editor for the series and a larger part of the studio’s production technician team. He graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in photojournalism and a minor in Chinese language. As a student, he was a fellow of the Native American Journalist Association (newly named - Indigenous Journalism Association). Since his fellowship, he has worked hard to better highlight the true realities of Indigenous communities in New Mexico. 

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Joey Dunn, Videographer/Editor

Joey Dunn comes from the Navajo Nation and was born in Shiprock, New Mexico located in the Four Corners area. He attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, where he graduated and received his bachelor's degree in Cinematic Arts. Joey has experience in both the film and journalism world, having worked as a broadcast news director, as well as with cinematic cameras and lenses for feature film productions filming throughout the state of New Mexico. Dunn wholeheartedly subscribes to the long and well-documented storytelling history of the Navajo people and is eager to continue the tradition!

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John Golden Britt, Videographer/Editor

John Golden Britt is an award-winning New Mexico cinematographer and editor whose work includes national television commercials, music videos, and long-form documentaries captured on film and digital media.  A member of the International Cinematographers Guild since 2006, Britt has seen two of his films premier at the Sundance Film Festival and has been awarded three Rocky Mountain Emmys out of a total of four nominations. 

Discover Our Land's PBS LearningMedia Collection

We have created a collection of free resources on PBS LearningMedia with interactive middle school lesson plans built specifically around Our Land Content. Topics include New Mexico’s water resources, the impact of wildfire on forests, climate change and wildlife, careers in the environmental sciences, and environmental justice. 

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Location

1130 University Blvd. NE
Mailstop: MSC 12-7110
Albuquerque, NM 87102

 

Main Office: (505) 277-2121

Toll Free: 1-844-249-5386

Member Services: (505) 277-2922

NMPBS is a community service of The University of New Mexico and Albuquerque Public Schools.

Our Partners

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Location

1130 University Blvd. NE
Mailstop: MSC 12-7110
Albuquerque, NM 87102

 

Main Office: (505) 277-2121

Toll Free: 1-844-249-5386

Member Services: (505) 277-2922

Our Partners

Newsletter

NMPBS is a community service of The University of New Mexico and Albuquerque Public Schools.