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Joline Gutierrez Krueger

Joline Gutierrez Krueger

Board MemberUpFront columnist Albuquerque Journal

Joline Gutierrez Krueger has been writing since she was a kid growing up near Downtown Albuquerque. She won a red ribbon in first grade at St. Mary’s School for an essay on who knows what and she was hooked.
She became something of a rolling stone after high school graduation, moving from coast to coast and points in between. She started her very lengthy collegiate career at the University of Colorado in Boulder, then Western State Colorado in Gunnison, then Portland State in Oregon and, finally, the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, graduating in 1987 and embarking on her journalism career at the San Diego Tribune, the Albuquerque Tribune and the Albuquerque Journal, where she has been writing columns for nearly 11 years.

She is the winner of numerous journalism and writing awards from such prestigious entities as the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors, Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism, Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors, Top of the Rockies, Best of Scripps, New Mexico Associated Press Managing Editors, New Mexico Press Association, New Mexico Press Women and Albuquerque the Magazine, where she often wins the Columnist of the Year award. She was also inducted in 2005 into the Scripps Howard Hall of Fame and is a fellow of the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund, Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education,Casey Journalism Center and Loyal University Journalist Law School.

She is mother of six children, five adopted, and of three rescue dogs, all adopted. Her oldest son Devin died unexpectedly in 2017, and since then she has continued to write and speak out about the opioid crisis and grief.

But the open road became her greatest teacher (hence the number of colleges), and she moved around extensively from New Hampshire to Oregon and points in between. Sometimes she traveled in a beat up Honda, sometimes by her extended thumb. 
Her life was a wild spectrum of people and places and events, from biking across Iowa to shooting rifles with Marines at midnight. Living such a carnival life she believes has helped her become more insightful and empathic about those people she writes about.
When she was actually in a classroom, she majored in pre-med, biology, business, English and, finally, creative writing, never imagining that one could make a living simply doing what one loved. She stumbled upon journalism only as a means of completing the requirements for a minor. That’s when she finally decided what her career path would be.
Turns out, she could make a living doing something she loves.
She graduated from UNM in 1987 (12 years later), worked briefly as an intern at the Albuquerque Journal and the Albuquerque Tribune. She won the prestigious Dow Jones Newspaper Fund fellowship and headed off to San Jose, Calif., then the San Diego Tribune. 
She returned to the Tribune later that year as a copy editor but in six months rose to the rank of assistant features editor. In her 20-year career there, she was also features editor, assistant city editor, food reviewer, family living columnist, cop reporter, special projects reporter, courts and crime reporter and city columnist. In her time there, she amassed numerous awards and fellowships, including first and third prizes from the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors, Casey Journalism Award, various state associations and enough Scripps Howard national awards to be named to the Scripps Howard Hall of Fame.
But her biggest reward comes from being allowed into the worlds of the people she writes about and from those readers who have come to know her as someone they can call anytime. 
When not writing, this divorced mom raises (or attempts to) six children, five who were adopted from the state foster care system during the days when she was a foster mom. The kids are ages 21, 21, 18, 17, 1and 16. She, her kids, her six dogs, four cats, four chickens and a parrot live next to the Cibola National Forest outside Tijeras.
She joined the Journal in February 2008, a fortunate refugee from the shuttered Tribune. Her UpFront column runs Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Joline Gutierrez Krueger is one of four front-page columnists for the Albuquerque Journal, New Mexico’s largest and only statewide newspaper. She joined the staff February 2008 after The Albuquerque Tribune, where she had worked for 20 years, shut down. Her writing career has predominantly focused on criminal justice and crime, though she has also written about children, food and other things not so dismal. She is the winner of numerous journalism and writing awards from such prestigious entities as the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors, Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism, Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors, Best of Scripps, New Mexico Associated Press Managing Editors, New Mexico Press Association and New Mexico Press Women. She was also inducted in 2005 into the Scripps Howard Hall of Fame and is a fellow of the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund, Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education and the Casey Journalism Center.

Joline Gutierrez Krueger is the last remaining original UpFront columnist for the Albuquerque Journal, New Mexico’s largest and only statewide newspaper. She joined the staff in 2008 after The Albuquerque Tribune, where she had worked for 20 years, shut down. She is the winner of numerous journalism and writing awards from such prestigious entities as the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors, Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism, Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors, Top of the Rockies, Best of Scripps, New Mexico Associated Press Managing Editors, New Mexico Press Association, New Mexico Press Women and Albuquerque the Magazine. She was also inducted in 2005 into the Scripps Howard Hall of Fame and is a fellow of the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund, Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education,Casey Journalism Center and Loyal University Journalist Law School. She is mother of six children, five adopted, and of six rescue dogs, all adopted.