Tristan AhtonePoverty and Public Health Reporter
Tristan Ahtone is a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma. He’s also German and English and a few other dashes of European (just to make things more interesting). Before becoming a reporter, Tristan held a number of exciting jobs, such as door-to-door salesman, delivery driver, telemarketer, secretary, janitor, busboy, and office clerk to name a few. In 2006, Tristan graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts with a bachelors degree in Creative Writing. In 2008, he received a masters degree in broadcast journalism from the Columbia School of Journalism. Since 2008, Tristan has specialized in covering Native American, environmental and healthcare issues, and has worked with The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, National Native News, Frontline, Indian Country Today, Sirius Satellite Radio and NPR. Before moving to the southwest, Tristan worked as Morning Edition Host and Reporter for Wyoming Public Radio. He currently serves as KUNM's Poverty and Public Health Reporter.
According to the American Lung Association, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada and Texas all received Fs for their tobacco prevention efforts. That’s primarily because the states aren’t spending amounts recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.
Human trafficking is a growing problem in the Southwestern United States, and the black market trade is expanding in New Mexico.
More than 300 people in 37 states have been infected by salmonella, many of which were children.
The worst drought in decades and mounting costs have driven New Mexico's agriculture industry to search for ways to stay profitable. However, the state’s ag producers may be cutting costs through questionable pay practices.
"The Lone Ranger" starring Johnny Depp as Tonto premiered this weekend. His portrayal, complete with broken English, has stirred controversy.
The sparring point that lead to the Farm Bill's failure in the House was Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs, known sometimes as SNAP. Republicans sought nearly $20-million dollars in reductions and Democrats refused.
- As bus driver strike enters 3rd week, riders ask why MTS privatized their public transit
- MLB takeover has Padres reassuring fans they will get more baseball
- Hundreds of migrants creating makeshift camp outside the San Ysidro border crossing
- Downtown San Diego homeless encampments impacting students who walk to school
- California snow line could rise 1,600 feet by end of century