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About Us

The El Defensor Chieftain is a locally owned and operated community newspaper, dedicated to serving Socorro County and surrounding areas through the highest professional business and journalistic standards. EDC is published weekly on Thursdays, including holidays – and online at

Our office hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. We are politically independent, and welcome community submissions from all points of view.

The El Defensor Chieftain, an award-winning newspaper, is a member of the Socorro Chamber of Commerce, the New Mexico Press Association, the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government and the National Newspaper Association.

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 Chieftain and possible. So, please tell them you saw them in the EDC!

Wanda Moeller


Ed Defensor Chieftain