Our columnists: 

Sherry Robinson is an award-winning, longtime New Mexico reporter and editor. She began her newspaper career in Grants in 1976 and subsequently worked for the Gallup Independent, Albuquerque Journal, New Mexico Business Weekly and Albuquerque Tribune. She is the author of three books. 

Harold Morgan has tracked the New Mexico economy for decades.  For 16 years he handled media relations and wrote about the economy for the old Sunwest Bank, then New Mexico‚Äôs largest. He started two magazines, the New Mexico Business Journal and Capitol Report New Mexico. Harold blogs at capitolreportnm.blogspot.com.

Hal Rhodes produced and hosted "The Illustrated Daily" and other news programs at KNME (NM PBS) for 10 years and also taught political science at UNM for 20 years. 

Merilee Dannemann was a columnist and reporter with the Taos News and spent 15 years in New Mexico government. Her column has won first-place awards from New Mexico Press Women. See her blogs at www.triplespacedagain.com.

Bob Hagan, a former editor of the New Mexico Business Journal and business reporter with the Albuquerque Journal, went on to become investor communications director for the state's largest public utility before leading the state Securities Division's Investor Education and Fraud Prevention program.

About NMNS

TV journalist Hal Rhodes started NMNS in 1997 to provide opinion columns to New Mexico newspapers. In 2004, he passed the baton to freelance journalist Sherry Robinson. Over the years, the writers have changed but not the mission. That's to provide views on state issues drawn from experience and reporting.