Meet a Member: Carolyn Carlson

I got to know Carolyn Carlson during this years NFPW communications contest. She did a great job with the New Mexico Press Women’s contest and many New Mexico entries advanced to the national level. She was dependable and great to work with. I hope you enjoy getting to know this awesome member as much as I did.

Name: Carolyn Theresa Bernice Carlson

City and State: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Since she works as a private investigator, this is the photo uses when asked for her photograph.

Since she works as a private investigator, this is the photo Carolyn Carlson uses when asked for her photograph.

Affiliate and any leadership positions: Curently freelance journalist with the Weekly Alibi, the alternative weekly print newspaper. Board member Media Arts Collaborative Charter School; communications contest chair New Mexico Press Women and executive director of Citizen Media Group.

Years a member of NFPW: On and off for the last 28 or so years.

Tell us a little about you.

I have been in journalism for over 25 years, starting out covering high school sports and small town community news in Central New Mexico. After a couple of years and a precedent setting court case, I became the publisher and owner of The Estancia Valley/Torrance County Citizen, a decades old, established weekly community newspaper covering several New Mexico counties. In an unusual move for a journalist, I also have been an elected public official served on the Estancia Town Council from 1995 to 2000. I made the decision to close the Citizen in 1999 and sold its subscription list to the Albuquerque Journal who was setting up a weekly edition in the area.

I then went to work at our state’s biggest daily paper as its first, and to my knowledge, only sitting elected official to also work as a journalist. I covered cops, crime, courts and government.  In 2008, I left the Journal to work as a freelance journalist and as a legal investigator for a civil rights attorney in order to get to my private investigator license. I currently work as an independent private investigator and write for the local alternative weekly paper.

Any career advice you would give?

Listen more than you talk. Be brave. Ask the next hard question.

Which talent would you most like to have?

Musical talents – I would love to play the piano, cello and guitar.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

While I would love to visit many places, I only want to live in New Mexico and among its diverse, eclectic, inspiring ancient Native American, Hispanic and Anglo cultures that live happily together.

What book are you reading?

Get Well Soon by Jennifer Wright and Downfall by J.A. Jance

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I am the mother of an adult opiate addict. My oldest son is in prison for drug related charges after developing an opiate addiction to pain pills after a high school wrestling injury. Our family is in year 15 of his rough journey.

Why is your affiliate and NFPW important to you?

The state, local and national chapters foster and encourage writers of all genres. And all of the media, the free press and factual words of all types are ever so important in these weird political times.

Way to follow you on a website, twitter, Facebook, etc.

Twitter is Carolina217 and my Facebook is not a public page. And folks can follow my awesome, award winning Alibi articles here:

https://alibi.com/news/55985/Balloons-and-Biology.html

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