One of Hannah’s beats as a reporter was public health, and she was keenly aware of the novel coronavirus pandemic’s ravages and the importance of safety precautions. This digital space—a collaborative work-in-progress—is poor substitute for in-person memorial gathering. Yet we hope it will help the cross-continental communities of people mourning her loss to share remembrances and celebrations of this beautiful, bright light of a human.

Hannah’s parents Kathy and Brad hope to conduct a more traditional memorial in New Mexico this upcoming year, when it’s safer to do so. This site will post additional updates and details as they surface.

To submit stories, photos or other commemorations of Hannah to publish here, email margaretwright505 @ Or simply fill out this form below.

Memorial contributions can be directed to the New Mexico Local News Fund in memory of Hannah Colton by going to, and clicking on Donate. This fund will help support the mental health of news journalists across New Mexico by providing resources and local peer support.

Donations can also be made to Foundation 2 Crisis Services, 1714 Johnson Ave. NW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52405 in memory of Hannah.

To access her full obituary, please refer to the Nov. 15, 2020 Albuquerque Journal Newspaper obituaries, or visit it online here.

May love, peace and justice be with you.