ABOUT US – I am New Mexico



I am New Mexico was developed to serve New Mexico and more importantly, the people who call it home. From it’s scenic byways, serene landscapes and exquisite cuisine, as well as it’s unique and (mostly) unknown history, the staff at I am New Mexico is devoted to bring you the best New Mexico content throughout the state. Here are several of our dedicated staff journalists.

Will Barnes


Will Barnes is a proud native New Mexican currently residing in Albuquerque. He enjoys spending time with his wife and son and doing home improvement projects. He’s also a very talented artist of many mediums and enjoys digital photography.

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Alissa Barnes


Alissa Barnes was born in Cuba, NM and has lived in New Mexico all of her life. She’s always loved living in the Land of Enchantment, and feels lucky to call it her home. Alissa has always enjoyed writing, and writing about her home state is something that is very dear to her heart. When not writing for I Am New Mexico, Alissa works as a paralegal for a civil rights law firm. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends, working on home design projects, and gardening.

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Zachary Mayne


Zachary Mayne is a native New Mexican who was born in the East Mountains. One of six siblings, he was raised in a creative environment thanks to his parents, who were musicians and artists. Mayne briefly attended the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, where he studied automotive design. He moved back to New Mexico in 1999 to study journalism and photography at CNM and UNM. He began freelancing for automotive publications while in school and has gone on to contribute to over 25 different automotive publications that are based in the U.S. as well as in England. He has had hundreds of articles published that feature his writing and photography. Mayne currently freelances for a number of car magazines and also works as a freelance photographer. In his spare time he restores classic cars.

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Malia Ryan

malia-ryanMalia Ryan is a native New Mexican who spends most of her time reading or on her artwork. She is a full-time student (currently majoring in English and EMS). Although her schedule is usually jam-packed, she still tries to get outdoors as often as possible to spend time with her friends and family.

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