Investigative news outlet hires new director

Susan Boe

Searchlight New Mexico, a Santa Fe-based nonprofit investigative news outlet, has hired Susan Boe as its executive director.

Boe is the former executive director of the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, where she helped reporters and citizens with issues in accessing public records from government agencies.

Founded by former Santa Fe New Mexican editor Ray Rivera, Searchlight’s website describes itself as “nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization dedicated to investigative reporting and innovative data journalism.”

A retired attorney, Boe was formerly a partner at an international law firm with a specialty in media law, according to a Searchlight new release sent Friday.

Rivera, who took a job as deputy managing editor for investigations and enterprise at The Seattle Times in September, is now Searchlight’s newly elected board chairman, according to the release.

The Searchlight board named Sandra Blakeslee, a “longtime New York Times science and medicine reporter,” as vice chairwoman, the release says. Philip S. Cook, a retired journalist and longtime member of the Santa Fe Community Foundation, is a new board member, while Scott Armstrong, a former investigative reporter with The Washington Post, stepped down as board chairman and executive editor, according to the release. Armstrong will remain on the board, the release says.