Investigative Journalist Elaine D. Briseño has been recognized by the Albuquerque Historical Society for an Albuquerque History Accolade. She has objectively worked towards uncovering the hidden truths and facts about some of Albuquerque’s little known history. Elaine has demonstrated that she possesses the knowledge, patience and persistence to find the facts on a topic through interviews and research. Her widely disseminated articles have promoted and fostered a deeper understanding of Albuquerque and its history.
Elaine Briseño has been a Reporter/Staff Writer at the Albuquerque Journal since February 2002. She studied Journalism at the University of New Mexico Department of Communication & Journalism, where she graduated in 2000. Elaine writes a twice-a-month column in the Albuquerque Journal, “What’s in a Name?,” where she gives a short history of how places in New Mexico got their names.
Elaine is a third generation New Mexican. She lives in Albuquerque with her two dogs, Pablo and Zeus, and her son Gevoni, a graduate of New Mexico Tech University, and currently an engineering graduate student at the University of New Mexico. Her mother has always stressed the importance of continuous learning, whether it be in a formal setting or our every day lives. Elaine is an avid reader and is fascinated by old buildings and neighborhoods. She feels incredibly lucky to have a job that allows her to explore her passions.
Examples of her work include:
- “A Goff course: Boulevard named for an Albuquerque family”
The Goffs, a prominent family of preachers and educators in Albuquerque’s South Valley.
- “Stillness settles over a Corrales landmark”
The Corrales Historical Society and historic San Ysidro Catholic church.
- “Ahead of his time: Dale Bellamah wasn’t just interested in building homes, he envisioned building entire communities”
Dale Bellamah, the prolific 1950’s Albuquerque home builder
- “A community that books built”
- “A saloon, history and ladies of ill repute ”
The Painted Lady saloon and brothel in Albuquerque’s Sawmill District.
- “So there Arno more questions …”
Arno Huning and the street that bears his name thanks to his father, Franz Huning, a pioneer in the urbanization of Albuquerque.
- “New Mexico’s own Rockefeller Center”
Winthrop Rockefeller’s role in the development of Winrock Center.
- “Learn something about history … and Edith too”
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