December 22, 2017 – Coming in at #8 on the list of the top ten stories of 2017 is the trial and subsequent conviction of former state senator Phil Griego. A real estate deal ultimately turned “a senator into a felon,” according to reporter Matt Grubs. Attorney General Hector Balderas said the trial was an example of how the powerful should be held accountable.
Dan Boyd, capitol bureau chief, Albuquerque Journal
Matt Grubs, staff writer, Santa Fe Reporter
Mary Hudetz, reporter, Associated Press
Inez Russell Gomez, editorial editor, The Santa Fe New Mexican