Los Alamos Daily Post Reporter Kirsten Laskey displays the state award for education writing she earned in the 2019-2020 New Mexico Press Association (NMPA) Better Newspaper Award Contest. Courtesy photo
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
Los Alamos Daily Post reporter Kirsten Laskey earned a 2019-2020 state writing award recently from the New Mexico Press Association.
Her winning story was published Dec. 19, 2019 in the Los Alamos Daily Post (link), and detailed Los Alamos Middle School Art Teacher Lisa Fisher’s seventh-grade class project in which her student’s decorative ornaments were selected for display on a Christmas tree last year across from the White House.
“I love writing and to be recognized for doing something I enjoy so much is really special,” Laskey said.
Laskey explained that she discovered her passion for writing her senior year in high school when she decided to write for her school paper.
“The very first story I did was on my psychology class,” she recalled. “I started writing and was immediately hooked!”
Laskey started writing occasionally for the Los Alamos Daily Post in 2012 and became a full time reporter in January of 2017. She primarily covers County government but has experience to report on any beat as is highlighted by her award winning education story. Everyone at the Post is thrilled and proud of her receiving this state recognition.
“Working for the Daily Post has been a dream come true,” she said. “I couldn’t ask for better colleagues and I certainly couldn’t ask for a better boss. Carol Clark has taught me a lot about journalism, and I consider her a role model for not only how to be a reporter but also how to work with and serve our readers.”
Being a reporter has given Laskey an opportunity to interact with people from all walks of life, which she said she particularly enjoys.
“I love meeting people and really enjoy promoting and honoring their achievements, their work and little bits of their lives. It is a real privilege when someone shares their stories with you,” she said.
In addition to her love of writing, Laskey is an avid world traveler. Over the years she has visited Greece, Turkey, Spain, Italy, England, France, Germany, Austria, Hungry, Switzerland, Cuba, Brazil, South Africa, Tanzania, Mauritius, India, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Japan, Ecuador, Columbia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Mexico, Argentina and Antarctica.
“When this pandemic is over, I am hoping to get to the South Pacific … although truthfully I am hungry to go anywhere … the middle of nowhere South Dakota is looking very appealing right now!” Laskey said.
Born in Baton Rouge, La., Laskey attended Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo. where she earned a degree in English.
A screenshot of the slide shown during the annual meeting of the NMPA held virtually Oct. 26 featuring the award winning story written by Los Alamos Daily Post reporter Kirsten Laskey. Screen shot/LADP