Deborah Martinez

Public Health New Mexico Reporter

 

Deborah's love for radio began right here at KUNM while working on her BA (1983), she hosted the KUNM Evening News with Jim Shields.  In the years since, she has honed her skills in large market radio and television newsrooms across the US.

 

Deborah has earned four Associated Press awards in Florida, California and two here at KUNM for Best Broadcast and (2d Place) Breaking News.  She has also hosted All Things Considered and Morning Edition.

 

Long-time listeners are familiar with Deborah's reports on the New Mexico State Legislature, as well as features and series work on issues affecting Northern New Mexicans, including stories on the environment, education,  poverty and drug epidemics.  Deborah is proud to be on the Poverty and Public Health Team, telling the stories of the people affected by these topics.  

 

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Poverty and Public Health
10:53 am
Thu June 13, 2013

NM Vets Battle For Healthcare Off The Field

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Veterans with combat disorders joined their families this week to express their frustration at how long it takes to get veterans services. Congressional representatives Steve Pearce and Michelle Lujan Grisham hosted the public forum in Albuquerque Monday.  

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Local News
4:20 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

21 Percent Of New Mexico Seniors Don't Have Enough To Eat

One out of every five senior citizens in New Mexico isn't getting enough to eat, according to a report from United Health Foundation. The America's Health Ranking Senior Report looks at this and other issues facing the aging population. 

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Poverty and Public Health
1:18 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Tainted Frozen Berries Spread Hepatitis-A Across West

More cases of Hepatitis ‘A’ found in tainted frozen berries from Costco Wholesale have been identified in New Mexico and the southwest, with 100 people who were exposed receiving a vaccination. At least 61 people are sick and have been hospitalized in seven states, including New Mexico, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.   David Selvage is an epidemiologist with DOH.  He says people who have eaten the Townsend Farms Organic Anti-oxidant Blend frozen berries in the last 14 days should see their doctor or go to a clinic to get the Hepatitis-A vaccine.

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Poverty and Public Health
9:28 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Free Summer Meals Program For Children Underway

 

Children who depend on free meals at school in New Mexico have a place to go this summer now that the state's summer meals program is up and running. 

 

The pre-packaged meals usually include a sandwich, carrots or another veggie, milk or juice and fruit, and for kids who might not otherwise get lunch at home during the summer months.  New Mexico's Children, Youth and Families Department doles out the money to schools and local government agencies that hand out the meals at  central locations in dozens of cities.  Henry Varela is CYFD's spokesman.

 

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Poverty and Public Health
3:39 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Federal Grant Will Mean HIV/AIDS Housing Help

People and families living with HIV/AIDS in northern New Mexico, will get help with housing, as a result of a federal grant award, for a one-of-a-kind assistance program.  

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Poverty and Public Health
7:53 am
Fri May 31, 2013

NM Lawmakers Look For Ways To Replace Funding For SNAP

The effects of the sequester are beginning to hit home for many of New Mexico’s federally funded social programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, that provides a small amount of grocery money for hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans each month.  Several speakers at the New Mexico State Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee meeting Thursday pointed out that New Mexico leads the nation in income inequality, making it one of the poorest states in the nation.  

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Poverty and Public Health
10:03 am
Wed May 29, 2013

New Mexico Public Defender Will Be Picked By New Commission

New Mexico’s Public Defender’s office has been undergoing changes since voters approved a constitutional amendment creating an independent office last year.  A commission made up of 11 members appointed by Governor Susana Martinez and state legislators will select a chief public defender by mid-October, moving the department out of the governor’s authority.

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Poverty and Public Health
7:54 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Some Critically Ill Residents Could End Up Paying More for Health Care

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Some critically ill New Mexicans could end up paying more for their health care this year.

Almost 16 hundred New Mexicans are slated to be shifted out of a state high risk medical insurance pool into a new federal health coverage plan on July 1st. That's because the federal government is cutting funding for the state program to just over 12 million dollars.

But the new plan would cost more for the patients, many of whom suffer from HIV/AIDS, cancer, and diabetes -chronic diseases that are often quite expensive to treat.

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Poverty and Public Health
5:40 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

New Mexico Will Get Hybrid Health Exchange

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UPDATE: Exchange board chairman J.R Damron said Monday that New Mexico will focus on having a state-run insurance exchange ready for small businesses this fall and will use a federally operated exchange to offer insurance coverage to individuals for the next year.

He said a "hybrid" approach to the exchange was necessary because the state didn't have enough time to implement its own computer system to serve individuals by a looming federal deadline.

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Poverty and Public Health
5:08 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Report: Jobs Package Will Do What Cutting Taxes Can't

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New Mexico continues to be sluggish in its recovery from the recession and according to a new report, the state lacks over 100,000 jobs.

Gerry Bradley is with New Mexico Voices for Children, a nonprofit children’s advocacy group that produced the report. He says the state needs a jobs package to fill the gap caused by job loss and lack of job growth.  Bradley says state government has conducted an experiment over the last ten years- cutting taxes for high income people and corporations.

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Poverty and Public Health
5:59 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Long-Term Housing Project Expands With Historic Santa Fe Inn

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Moving into a new home is an exciting event, but for people who have experienced homelessness, the joy is especially poignant. In Santa Fe, the renovated Stage Coach Motor Inn is preserving its classic nicho and viga architecture and working to preserve a sense of permanency for some new tenants.

Mark Olson can't seem to get the smile off his face, and he has a lot to be thankful for - not so previously.

(Laughs)"Mmm, no, for awhile there I couldn't smile for a long-time  because of what was happening.  Still the disability is kinda depressing." 

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Poverty and Public Health
10:52 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Long-Term Housing Project Expands With Historic Santa Fe Inn

Moving into a new home is an exciting event, but for people who have experienced homelessness, the joy is especially poignant.  In Santa Fe, the renovated Stage Coach Motor Inn IS preserving its classic nicho and viga architecture ... and working to preserve a sense of permanency for some new tenants.   KUNM's Poverty and Public Health reporter Deborah Martinez has the story.

(amby beep beep of wheelchair):

Mark Olson can't seem to get the smile off his face, and he has a lot to be thankful for.

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Local News
2:40 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Last-Minute Bill Increases Corporate Tax Credits

This year's 60-day session of the New Mexico State Legislature is over, with some surprises revealed in the final hours.   

 

The last-minute deal includes a tax package that cuts corporate taxes to 5.9-percent and reduces the state's revenue by $56-million within several years.  Governor Susana Martinez announced after the session that she will now sign the $5.9-billion state budget that includes one percent pay raises for state workers.

 

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Poverty and Public Health
11:07 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Human Trafficking Bill Signed

A legislative bill signed into law Friday by Governor Susana Martinez will help victims of human trafficking get cash, emergency housing and other assistance.  The new law takes effect  July 1 and it also provides benefits and services for victims like child care, legal, and food assistance.  Representative Gail Chasey and the nonprofit New Mexico Women's Agenda worked to develop the bill.

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Local News
5:11 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

House Votes Down Teacher Merit Pay, Sends $5.9B Budget To Gov's Desk

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  The House passed the Senate version of a budget bill today that includes raises for public employees.  But the measure leaves out teacher merit pay, one of Governor Susana Martinez's initiatives, and she has threatened to veto the plan.

The merit pay for teachers has been a point of contention for Republicans in the House, who championed the Governor's proposal. But they were unable to convince enough Democrats to agree with them and vote against the Senate version of the bill.

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Local News
10:03 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Students Lobby Lawmaker On Oil And Gas Bills

With less than two weeks left in this Legislative session, lobbyists and citizens are flocking to the Roundhouse in Santa Fe for a chance to speak to lawmakers about issues they care about. KUNM's Deborah Martinez reports on how that process plays out in the hallways. 

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Local News
8:33 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Lawmakers Eye New Poll On Marijuana Laws

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Several bills aimed at reducing penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana are scheduled for hearings this week in Santa Fe.  Advocates are using a new poll to illustrate that a majority of New Mexicans favor the idea.  

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Local News
11:18 am
Mon February 25, 2013

RETA Bill Makes It Through NM House

The House of Representatives today approved a bill that establishes a fund to expand the state's development of solar and wind power. 


House Bill 242 would provide general fund money to the quasi-government agency known as the New Mexico Renewable Energy Transmission Authority, or RETA.  Sponsor Bill McCamley is a freshman Democrat from Doña Ana County:

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Local News
7:56 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Same-Sex Marriage Bills Dies In Committee

Local News
8:46 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Sen. Heinrich On Immigration And Gun Safety

  New Mexico's congressional delegation is on a two-week break, and KUNM's Deborah Martinez recently sat down with US Senator Martin Heinrich to discuss hot topics in Washington.  Here is part two of her interview with Senator Heinrich, on immigration reform and gun safety.

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Local News
7:03 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

US Sen Martin Heinrich Tackles Sequestration

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich addressed a joint session of state legislators in Santa Fe Friday about several challenges facing him and his Congressional colleagues. 

KUNM's Deborah Martinez spoke with the senator, and she brings us part one of her report on looming budget cuts, known as sequestration.

 

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Poverty and Public Health
5:52 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Compromise Gun Background Check Bill Could Reach House Floor This Week

The momentum is picking up for legislation that would tighten background checks on gun sales, and it could be brought to the floor of the House this week.  The compromise bill has some Republican lawmakers' and the governor's support.

 

Albuquerque Representative Miguel P. Garcia is the sponsor of the bill which mandates background checks at gun shows and removes the provision to have the Department of Public Safety handle the checks.  Instead the onus would be placed on the gun seller to get approval of the sale.

 

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Poverty and Public Health
6:13 am
Fri February 8, 2013

GOP Senator Introduces Bill To Help Homeless

New Mexico's homeless programs that help people get a fresh start could get a funding boost if a legislative bill wins approval in Santa Fe. 

Senate Bill 50 is sponsored by Albuquerque Republican Sander Rue.  He says as a member of the Mortgage Finance Authority interim committee, he wanted to do something to help homeless people and families hit hard by the recession.

 

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Local News
5:52 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Road Work Ahead, If New Proposal Passes

A bill that would provide money for incomplete road construction projects is moving through committees at the Roundhouse.  The measure is concurrent with a study showing New Mexico's roads and bridges are in poor condition.

 

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Local News
4:29 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Gay Marriage Ballot Proposals Pass House Committees

Lawmakers on the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee have approved a resolution that would let voters decide if same-sex marriage should be legal in New Mexico.  

The 3 to 2 vote broke along party lines, with Democrats voting in favor, Republicans against the proposed constitutional amendment.  It's one of several legislative measures aimed at defining marriage, and sponsor Brian Egolf - a Democrat from Santa Fe - says it's a no-brainer:

 

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Local News
5:03 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Immigrants Rally For Reform In Santa Fe

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Dozens of immigrants and supporters of their cause rallied at the state capitol today. They applauded the national movement by Congress and the President towards immigration reform, and they spoke in favor of New Mexico's law that grants driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants.

They came from as far away as Belen to listen to lawmakers and authorities tout the momentum of immigration reform,  including State Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino of Albuquerque:

 

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Local News
4:41 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Congressman Ben Lujan Part 2: VAWA, Debt Ceiling

    We've been hearing from Third Congressional District Congressional Representative Ben Ray Lujan this week.  KUNM's statehouse reporter Deborah Martinez visited with him at his office, and she has part two of her interview.

 

The third-term democrat spoke on a variety of subjects he's passionate about, including the Violence Against Women Act, which he hopes to vote on during this session of Congress:

 

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Poverty and Public Health
4:27 am
Tue January 29, 2013

3rd District Congressman Ben Lujan on Immigration Reform, Guns

Congressman Ben R. Lujan is spending some time in his district that includes the northern and eastern parts of the state.  Tuesday he'll address state legislators. he also dropped by the studio to talk with our statehouse reporter Deborah Martinez.  Here's part one of that interview.

 

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Local News
5:33 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Compromise In Sight On Licenses?

 

  Several bills have been introduced at the state capitol that would change the law granting driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants.  It's unclear whether the governor, who has supported all-out repeal in the past, now wants to compromise.

 

 

Republican Representative Stuart Ingle says he wants to find middle ground on the immigrant license topic so legislators can move on to more important issues.

 

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Local News
5:28 am
Fri January 18, 2013

PRC Reform Bills Introduced In House And Senate

Now that voters have approved constitutional changes to the state's Public Regulation Commission, lawmakers have introduced bills that will spell out exactly how PRC reform will take place.

Senator Tim Keller and Representative Tom Taylor have introduced bills in each chamber to set qualifications for future Public Regulation Commission members.  Both bills require a background in fields regulated by the PRC such as engineering, economics or consumer protection.  

 

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