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You can catch Rob Nikolewski on News New Mexico every week.  Rob appears every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8 a.m.  News New Mexico may be heard on the following stations:

Las Cruces KSNM 570AM (live streaming over the Internet)

Carlsbad KATK 740AM

Artesia KSVP 990AM

Clayton KLMX 1450AM

Alamogordo KINN 1270AM

The Santa Fe New Mexican runs a column by Rob once a month, or every four weeks in rotation with other journalists.


Rob Nikolewski, Editor in Chief. Since coming to Santa Fe in 2010, Rob has covered New Mexico politics and investigate stories centering on fraud, waste and abuse in government as the managing editor of Capitol Report New Mexico and New Mexico Watchdog.

He writes a regular opinion column in the Sunday editions of the Santa Fe New Mexican.

A three-time Emmy Award-winning television sports anchor and reporter, Rob shifted his focus from TV to the Internet, covering New Mexico directly from his office in the media room at the Roundhouse.

A holder of a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, and a master’s degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, Nikolewski earned a master’s in public administration from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in New York City in 2008.

During his television career, Nikolewski focused on sports, where he covered such events as the World Series, the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals, the NCAA Final Four and wrote a weekly column for www.msnbc.com. He has worked in such TV markets as New York, Boston, Pittsburgh and Reno, where he was named the Nevada Sportscaster of the Year twice. During Rob’s stint in Pittsburgh, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette described him as “the best sports anchor in this market.”

Nikolewski has also worked for international public relations, corporate strategy and communications companies as a speechwriter, copy editor and opinions writer. He edited and helped write an op-ed piece about African peace-making by Romano Prodi, the former Prime Minister of Italy, that was published in The Washington Times and wrote a speech for the CEO of the largest energy company in Scandinavia in the run-up to the Copenhagen climate summit.

Rob lives in Santa Fe, with his golden retriever, Willow, who is a registered independent.

(Photos courtesy of Mark Bralley)