Alamogordo Daily News wins NMPA awards for investigative and ongoing reporting

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Press Association recognized the Alamogordo Daily News with awards for investigative and continuing coverage reporting at its annual Better Newspaper awards banquet Saturday.

Alamogordo Daily News reporter Nicole Maxwell was awarded first place in the Daily Class 2 Best Ongoing/Continuing Coverage category for her reporting on how Otero County officials .

Maxwell reported on a travel reimbursement to an Otero County Commissioner that led to questions about how the County ensures its stewardship of public funds, the use of its resources and whether or not a local elected official was abiding by state and county statutes. 

“This is some local watchdog reporting at its finest. I couldn’t believe how this story kept snowballing. It shows the importance of keeping an eye on our elected leaders at all levels, and I wonder whether this story would have gained national attention with this ongoing, local reporting,” the judge wrote.

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