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Heartbroken to learn of the loss of Hannah Colton of KUNM News. Hannah was an incredible person dedicated to independent, thoughtful reporting. This is a devastating loss for the journalism community in New Mexico. Jill and I extend our deepest condolences to Hannah’s loved ones. – Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

This is devastating news. I’m sending my thoughts and prayers to Hannah’s friends, colleagues, and family members. – Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM)

My prayers are with Hannah Colton’s loved ones, the KUNM team, and the journalism community in New Mexico. Hannah was an incredible storyteller and journalist who will be dearly missed. – Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM)

Our thoughts are with the KUNM News and New Mexico news community today as we learned about the passing of the kind, intelligent, and dedicated Hannah Colton. – New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse-Oliver

Hannah Colton was more than a good reporter. Her empathy and compassion were as clear in her work as her high journalistic standards. She was a valuable member of our community, and we will miss her terribly. – New Mexico Center On Law and Poverty

The whole Santa Fe Reporter staff sends our condolences to the KUNM News team and the friends and loved ones of Hannah. Hannah was a ferocious journalist who will be dearly missed.

New Mexico In Depth sends heartfelt condolences to the family of Hannah Colton and to the KUNM News team. To all her friends and all those who loved her, we grieve with you.

The Rio Grande Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is so, so sorry to hear that Hannah Colton has left us. Our thoughts are with her co-workers at KUNM News and all of the many, many friends she made across New Mexico and the wider world through her reporting.

What I admired most about her, from afar, was her insistence that paying attention to others could be its own rebuke to the horrific system we live under. In a year of so much loss, Hannah’s death is another reminder that the status quo is cruel and untenable. We have no choice but to fight to make the world a more compassionate, joyful, and attentive place. RIP. – katie jane fernelius

Hannah Colton, you are such a visionary newsroom leader, a fierce champion of justice, and one of the kindest people I ever met. I am struggling to imagine a world without your voice and impact. Hannah’s commitment to community cannot be overstated. She radiated it. We met in Alaska; danced too much at the Alaska Press Club. But the day after the 2016 election, I was lucky to spend the whole day with her in Chicago. We got free admission to the planetarium. The light found her. – Emily Kwong

A short memory of the late Hannah Colton whom is dearly missed: This is a photo I took of Hannah on July 2, 2019 in Downtown Albuquerque. We were covering a protest on the immigrant camps at the border. I turned around to look at the crowd and saw Hannah doing what she always did—humanely capturing people’s stories. She was a true gem to her community both as a journalist and overall human being. This is a tremendous loss in the world of journalism. My heart is with everyone who knew and loved her deeply, am so so sorry. She was just a general badass and lover of truth and justice. – Diana Cervantes

My deepest condolences to the newsroom, the station and the friends and family of Hannah Colton. – Florangela Davila

Stunned to hear about Hannah Colton. Just stunned. Thank you for this beautiful tribute to an incredible woman, journalist, and musician. What a loss to New Mexico and beyond. So much love to her family and friends. – anjali taneja

Hannah was a friend in college. I am grieving with everyone who knew her and was affected by her amazing work. – Michaela Dwyer

Audio journalism has lost one of its brightest young lights. – Jacob Conrad

I just learned of the passing of one of my high school friends. I’d just like to take a moment to sing the praises of a woman I deeply respected as a brilliant student, passionate activist, and all around kind person. – Martin Strobel

Hannah and I were friends in college, although we lost touch since then. She was a great person and it doesn’t surprise me that she was an excellent newsroom leader and friend to fellow reporters. – Ben Bergmann




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