About Kate Nash Cunningham

cropped-060112katemug1.jpgA 1999 graduate from the University of New Mexico with degrees in journalism and Spanish, Kate spent almost 15 years covering city and state government for several local newspapers. Her work took her on assignment around the state as well as to countries including Mexico and Venezuela.

Kate teaches journalism at UNM. Her classes include Mobile Reporting Technology, Newspaper Practice, Digital Journalism Ethics, Writing and Editing for Multimedia and Introduction to Media Writing. Kate is a former editor of the New Mexico News Port, an online student journalism site. She also has worked as the writing coach at the New Mexico Daily Lobo.

Kate has a master’s degree in digital journalism and design from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and is interested in the intersection of technology and journalism.

Follow her on Twitter where she tweets about interesting journalism related things. Occasionally, she curates a story using her Storify account.

Work experience

University of New Mexico

Adjunct faculty
August 2012 – present
Experience includes a variety of in-person and online journalism classes. Successfully created and secured grant funding for Mobile Reporting class in 2014.

Classes include

IFDM 491 / CJ 393 Mobile Reporting
CJ 393 Digital Journalism Ethics
CJ 490 Newspaper Practice
CJ 375 Intermediate Multimedia Reporting
CJ 333 Professional Communication
CJ 279 Web Design
CJ 278 Writing and Editing for Multimedia Journalism
CJ 171 Intro to Media Writing

New Mexico News Port

July 2014 – June 2016
Assigned and coordinated news coverage while working with journalism majors to produce content for a student journalism website at the University of New Mexico. Liaised with professional partners about content production. Developed and designed website.

New Mexico Daily Lobo

Writing coach
June 2011 – December 2015
Responsible for constructive classroom critique of published student newspapers and multimedia pieces. Guided students in digital journalism technology, ethical reporting practices and current storytelling trends. Planned, coordinated and produced annual two-day journalism bootcamp for majors in the department.

Santa Fe New Mexican

January 2008 – December 2012
Covered the state political and government beat for the printed daily newspaper as well as for online coverage through Twitter, blogs and other platforms.

Albuquerque Tribune

Politics writer
April 2005-January 2008
Covered Gov. Bill Richardson’s bid for president as well as the New Mexico Legislature.  Wrote a weekly political column and daily blog on state government. Assignments included the corruption trial of a former state treasurer, congressional elections and immigration stories.

Albuquerque Journal

Capitol bureau reporter
January 2003-March 2005
Wrote about the New Mexico Governor’s Office and Legislature.  Assignments included covering Gov. Bill Richardson’s meetings with then-president Vicente Fox in Mexico City, and the state’s Department of Homeland Security. Also covered stories about the U.S.-Mexico border.

Albuquerque Tribune

City and state government reporter
January 1999-January 2003
Covered the Albuquerque Mayor’s Office and the City Council.  Assignments included the city’s quest to find a new minor-league baseball team and build a new stadium.  Also covered Bernalillo County government and immigration stories, resulting in strong knowledge of Albuquerque-area activities and culture.

Fresno Bee

News writing intern
Summer 1998
Wrote general-assignment and spot news.

New Mexico Daily Lobo

News editor, photo editor, staff reporter
April 1996-January 1999
Covered various beats at the University of New Mexico; coordinated news and photo coverage.


University of South Florida Saint Petersburg

Graduated with a master’s degree in digital journalism and design in May 2014.

University of New Mexico

Graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and Spanish in 1999.

Universidad de Barcelona, Spain

Attended Spanish culture and language classes from 1994 to 1995

Awards and memberships

Outstanding part-time instructor of the year, UNM Communication and Journalism Department, 2016-17 academic year

Oversaw student coverage that won first place for online news reporting in the Society of Professional Journalists Region Nine Mark of Excellence contest, April 2016.

Oversaw student coverage that won a second place grand prize winner in the Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education for New Mexico News Port work during the 2014 – 15 school year, September 2015

Oversaw student coverage of the 2014 mid-term election that led to 2nd place awards in continuing coverage and college news writing categories for the National Federation of Press Women contest, June 2015

Oversaw student coverage of the mid-term election that led to a 1st place awards in continuing coverage, news writing and feature writing categories for the New Mexico Press Women contest, April 2015

Designed and developed website that led to a 2nd place award in website category for the New Mexico Press Women contest, April 2015

First place, special series, New Mexico Press Women, April 2013

First place, news series, New Mexico Press Association, October 2012

Best documentary, Santa Fe Three-minute Film Fest, May 2009

First place, continuing coverage, New Mexico Press Women, March 2009

Second place, spot news, Scripps Howard quarterly contest, February 2008

Selected participant, Institute of Mexicans Living Abroad journalism conference, Mexico City, April 2007

Best of E.W. Scripps award, spot news, March 2006

First place, investigative reporting and second place, continuing coverage, New Mexico Press Women, April 2005

Member, UNM Student Publications Board, 2005-2007

Second place, investigative reporting, New Mexico Associated Press Managing Editors, April 2002

Founding member, Hank Trewhitt Alumni Journalism Award Committee, 2001

David Gomez award for outstanding achievement in reporting, April 1998

Teaching assistant, intermediate reporting class, fall 1998

Selected participant, Germany for Journalists newspaper program, May 1998

Other skills

Fluent in Spanish

Experience shooting and editing video and audio

Experience with social media and blogging

Other published works

Contributing author, PBS Media Shift, March 2014 – current

Contributing author, Santa Fe, Its 400th Year: Exploring the Past, Defining the Future, published January 2011


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