The Rio Rancho Observer is a locally owned and operated community newspaper, dedicated to serving the city of Rio Rancho and Southern Sandoval County through the highest professional business and journalistic standards. The RRO is published weekly on Thursdays, including holidays – and online at rrobserver.com.
We are politically independent and welcome community submissions from all points of view. The Rio Rancho Observer is a member of the Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce, the New Mexico Press Association, the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government and the National Newspaper Association, and a supporter of the Sandoval Economic Alliance.
Each week, our dedicated professional staff pours an enormous amount of creativity, passion and hard work into the creation of your community newspaper. But ultimately it is our advertisers that make the Rio Rancho Observer and rrobserver.com possible. So, please tell them you saw them in the RRO!
Tracy Goldizen is the editor of the Rio Rancho Observer. She has more than 15 years of experience in journalism, including writing and photography as well as serving as the editor of several magazine publications before joining the Rio Rancho Observer staff. Her work has won several awards in Iowa.
Gary Herron moved to New Mexico from Michigan in 1975 and quickly assimilated into the Land of Enchantment.His journalism career began at the Valencia County News-Bulletin in November 1979. He also has worked in the KOB-TV newsroom and spent more than a decade in radio. He started at the Observer in May 2000, and has thoroughly enjoyed covering high school sports and writing about the people in Rio Rancho ever since.
Michaela started at the Observer as an intern and is now a full-time staff writer. She covers the weather, business and human-interest stories. She also occasionally helps with crime. She grew up in Rio Rancho and recently moved to Albuquerque with her boyfriend. For fun she likes to go to car events in the area. She also does some landscape photography on her days off. She is studying Journalism at UNM and will graduate in December.
Susan Saunier moved to Rio Rancho in 1973 and has watched the city’s incredible growth since then. She started working with the Observer as a contract paper carrier in 1989 and became a regular employee in 1992. She has worked in multiple company departments and has been an ad executive since 2009. She strives to make her clients feel they’re in a partnership with their community newspaper.
Kevin, also known as Steak Sauce, is a staff writer for the Rio Rancho Observer. He has over 15 years of journalism experience, including reporting, editing and page design, at the Albuquerque Journal and Neighborhood Journal. Hendricks has four children, is a big sports guy and has lived in Rio Rancho for four years after spending all his life in Albuquerque.