About the site

Live from Silver City started as a blog focusing on news and politics, like thousands of other sites across the country. The twist: my focus was on Southwest New Mexico, and specifically Silver City and Grant County. I wrote primarily about local news and events, while also touching on environmental issues and open government concerns.

As the years have gone by and I moved away, it’s shifted to a more personal focus and especially toward my photography.

Avelino Maestas

Here I am at the Grant County Airport reporting on wildfires in 2006. Photo by Mary Alice Murphy.

About me

I was born and raised in Silver City, where I spent 2004-2005 as a reporter at the Silver City Daily Press. Prior to that, I was editor for the student newspaper at Western New Mexico University, and then news director for two local radio stations.

I moved to Washington D.C. in 2007. Between 2008–10, I was the Community Manager for the Sunlight Foundation and OpenCongress, two of the premier open-government organizations in the country. Most recently, I was the editor for the National Wildlife Federation’s Wildlife Promise blog.

I currently reside in Baltimore, MD, where I’m exploring the city further on my new bike. I have a part-time job with Amazon but still dabble as a photographer. It’s mostly a hobby, but if you’re interested please feel free to check out my Flickr page or browse the prints at my online store.