New Mexico and the world lost a fierce defender of fearless, ethical journalism in November 2020 when Hannah Colton died by suicide at age 29.

To many New Mexicans, Hannah’s soothing voice on KUNM 89.9 FM was a regular part of their daily routines. Her dedication as a reporter and inherent storytelling ability combined to provide listeners with the day’s news, as well as deep dives into important social justice issues.

In February, Hannah assumed the role of news director for KUNM where her vast experience as a public health reporter not only helped her cover the coronavirus pandemic, but helped her lead the KUNM newsroom in reporting the biggest public health crisis in decades.

Hannah’s leadership extended beyond her own newsroom. Always eager to shape and improve journalism, she took the time to help any journalist who sought her assistance.

KUNM reporter Marisa Demarco broke the tragic news of her good friend’s death to KUNM listeners on Nov. 11 saying, “We lost a real warrior for truth.”

Here we remember Hannah the warrior.


It’s difficult but healthy and necessary for prevention to talk openly about suicide. Outside assistance can make a real difference. If you or someone you love needs help, there are places you can go for support: 

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  • NAMI HelpLine: 1-800-950-6264
  • Trans Lifeline: 1-877-565-8860
  • National Center for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255, ext. 1
  • Mental Health America (for area-specific referrals): 1-800-969-6642
  • Postpartum Support International (for general information, not crisis intervention): 1-800-994-4773
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: