Ray Rivera

June 16, 9:00am - 10:00am MDT. Hosted at New Mexico History Museum

part of a series on Survival


About the speaker

Ray Rivera is Editor of The Santa Fe New Mexican and co-founder of Searchlight New Mexico, a non-profit organization dedicated to investigative reporting in the interest of New Mexico residents. He is a former staff reporter for The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Seattle Times and the Salt Lake Tribune. His investigative stories have included a nine-part series uncovering the federal government’s fatally flawed investigation into Capt. James Yee, an Army Muslim chaplain at Guantanamo Bay falsely accused of espionage; the extensive use of death squads by Al Qaeda and Haqqani Network insurgents along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border; and the illegal funneling of taxpayer money to bogus non profits associated with New York city and state lawmakers. He lives in Santa Fe with his wife and three children.

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Since the Great Recession of 2008, newspapers have struggled to survive. More than 100 newspapers across the country have folded. Many surviving newsrooms are half the size they were a decade ago. Now with the constant barrage of attacks on the media by President Donald Trump — “fake news,” “enemy of the American people” — the future of traditional, objectively reported journalism is as uncertain as ever. A recent Gallup poll showed trust in mainstream media to be at an all-time low. But this environment has also provided an opportunity for real news outlets to clearly define their mission to the public and, in some cases, rethink their priorities.