Elaine Baumgartel

News Director

Elaine volunteered to answer phones during a KUNM pledge drive in 2003 and she's been unable to drag herself away from public radio ever since.  And why would she want to?  She's worn many sets of headphones at the station. Right now, she's KUNM's News Director.

As a graduate student in the Communication and Journalism MA program at UNM, Elaine worked at KUNM in the operations, programming, and news departments.  She's been the local anchor of NPR's Morning Edition, a reporter in the KUNM newsroom, and the host and producer of the KUNM Call In Show.  

In her spare time, Elaine likes to garden and work with ceramics in addition to spending time with her family.  

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Local News
5:59 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

League of Women Voters Voter Guides Prohibited at the Polls on Election Day

As voters head out to the polls to vote on Election Day, it's not just polling locations that may have changed this year.  The League of Women Voters voter guides are no longer available in county clerk's offices or polling locations.  The New Mexico Secretary of State's office says the voter guides constitute electioneering, something that is prohibited within 100 feet of a polling place.  But not everyone agrees with the Secretary of State's interpretation of a 2011 law.

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KUNM Call In Show
6:27 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Native American voters in New Mexico and what to expect at the polls

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 11/1 8a: What can you expect at the polls this Election Day?  And how are Native American communities working to get out the vote?  We'd like to hear from you! Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online, or call in live during the show! 

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Local News
6:21 am
Thu November 1, 2012

NM Secretary of State defends removal of voter guides

New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran ordered all voter guides produced by the League of Women Voters removed from polling places in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Los Alamos, and Las Cruces this week.

 

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Local News
7:30 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Voices Behind the Vote - Part 11: Family Values

Norma Vazquez and Mary Houdeck in their Rio Rancho home.

In the weeks leading up to Election Day, the KUNM News team has been exploring the lives and politics of  New Mexicans- in frank and intimate conversations.

This next installment in the KUNM Voices Behind the Vote series took us to visit with a couple in Rio Rancho.  Marriage equality for same-sex couples is the number one issue for them this year.

When Mary Houdeck and Norma Vazquez went on their first date in the late 1980s marriage for same sex couples was like a fantasy dream for many in the gay and lesbian community. 

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Local News
7:31 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Voices Behind the Vote - Part 8: Government is Us

Ermond 'Mustafa' Overton and Abdu Wakil Cyeef Din at the Olympia Cafe in Albuquerque.
Elaine Baumgartel

The KUNM Voices Behind the Vote series features intimate conversations with New Mexicans about the issues they care about most this election season. On a recent Friday morning, KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel met up with Abdu Wakil Cyeef Din and headed to a Motor Vehicle Division office in Albuquerque. 

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KUNM Call In Show
6:41 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Hispanic, Latino Voters in New Mexico

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 10/25 8a: Who are Hispanic and Latino voters going to vote for in New Mexico?  And what are the issues of greatest concern to these populations?  This week on the KUNM Call In Show we'll discuss these voters and what recent reporting and polls are showing about voting preferences.  We'd like to hear from you!  Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online below, or call in live during the show.

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KUNM Call In Show
7:54 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Updates on Campaigns and Candidates

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 10/18 8a:  There's less than two weeks left until election day. Today we'll be discussing recent updates on local candidates and campaigns.  E-mail your questions to callinshow@kunm.org or post a comment in our comment section below.

Guests:

Russel Contreras, Associated Press

Steve Terrell, Santa Fe New Mexican

Local News
7:25 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Latino USA's Maria Hinajosa to Discuss New PBS News Show

Journalist Maria Hinajosa is host of NPR's Latino USA. She's also the first Latina to anchor and produce PBS news content.  Need to Know- America By the Numbers: Clarkston Georgia looks at the growing ethnic and racial diversity in a town that was once overwhelmingly white.  Hinajosa says she's looking forward to hearing what viewers think about the content of the program, which explores the new American electorate.  She says the families featured in the program display a complexity of political perspectives that challenges stereotypes.

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Local News
7:15 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Voices Behind the Vote - Part 3: Defying Stereotypes

Wahlesah Dick and her daughter, Macy Ridge in the prayer garden at the St. Francis Cathedral in Santa Fe, NM.
Credit Elaine Baumgartel

We've been profiling New Mexican families in KUNM's Voices Behind the Vote series.  We're asking people to speak frankly about the political issues they care most about this year.  

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KUNM Call In Show
8:22 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Poll Challengers, Poll Watchers, How to Vote, Where to Vote, When to Vote, Your Questions Answered!

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 10/11 8a: Do you need a photo ID to vote in the general election this year?  When do early voting centers open in your community? Will there be long lines at the polls on Election Day?  We'll take your questions and calls.  Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online, or call in live during the show. 

Guests:

Judith Binder,  League of Women Voters

Daniel Ivey-Soto,  state association of County Clerks

Phil Sisneros, Director of Communications with NM Attorney General's office

Links:

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Voices Behind the VOTE
6:46 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Voices Behind the Vote: A KUNM News Election Series

Elections are about people and choices. They’re about the relationship between a government and its policies and the ordinary citizens who vote that government in - or out.

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Local News
6:58 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Hopes for a Medicaid expansion grow

It sort of felt like a party at a recent health fair at the Rio Arriba County Health Commons in Española.  And perhaps it is something to celebrate when you can get lunch, hear some traditional mariachi music by El Trio de los Gallos, and get immunized against pneumonia and whooping cough for free, all at the same time.

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Call In Show
10:28 am
Mon August 27, 2012

To Expand or Not to Expand, Medicaid is the Question

clevercupcakes via Flickr

KUNM Call In Show 8/30 8a: Should New Mexico expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act?  The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the federal government cannot force states to expand the program that provides healthcare to the poor.  Gov. Susana Martinez's administration says the decision has not been made, yet.  We'll hear from a community advocate and a physician.  We'd like to hear from you, too!  Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online, or call in live during the show.  

505-277-5866 or toll-free 866-899-5866

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KUNM Call In Show
12:03 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

We're NASA and we know it!: What has Curiosity found on the Red Planet?

An artist's rendition of the Mars Rover Curiousity on Mars.
NASA/JPL-Caltech

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 8/23 8a: The Mars Rover Curiosity is exploring the Martian landscape as we speak! What has the ChemCam laser discovered so far about the planet?  What surprises are in store?  We'll speak with Roger Wiens and Horton Newsom from the Mars Science Laboratory mission's ChemCam team.  We'll also hear from Robert Edmonds, a graduate student in Las Cruces who recently received funding to study dust storms on Mars.  We'd like to hear from you!

Local News
5:46 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Former Elections Director: SOS Mailings Part of Normal Voter Registration Management

State officials say they are complying with the National Voter Registration Act with recent mailings sent by the Secretary of State's office to over 177,000 registered voters in New Mexico.  The federal law requires states to maintain voter registration information.  Critics are calling it voter suppression. 

The Executive Director for New Mexico County Clerks, Daniel Ivey-Soto, says mailings like these are done as a normal course of business for Secretaries of State across the country.

KUNM Call In Show
3:34 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Just How Messed Up Are New Mexico Voter Rolls?

@jbtaylor via Flickr

KUNM Call In Show 8/16 8a: Secretary of State Dianna Duran is following through on a U.S. Department of Justice letter calling for New Mexico's record of registered voters to be cleaned up for the first time since 2005. But critics are accusing her of voter suppression. Why the voter roll "purge" now? And what does it mean for New Mexico voters? Secretary Duran will join our panel live in the studio for the show. 

New Mexico Voter View Website

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Call In Show
3:23 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Tribes Get New Authority Over Leasing Lands: The HEARTH Act

Ken Lund via Flickr

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 8/9 8a: President Obama signed the HEARTH Act into law this month.  The law provides for tribal authority over leasing of tribal lands for housing and commercial uses.  Will buying a home on pueblo land become easier?  What about business development for tribes?  We'd like to hear from you!  Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online, or call in live during the show. 

Guests: 

  • Floyd Tortalita, Acoma Pueblo Housing Authority
  • Arlen Quetawki, Governor of Zuni Pueblo 
KUNM Call In Show
8:11 am
Fri July 27, 2012

New Mexico Kids In Trouble, State Ranks 49th in Child Welfare

New Mexico Voice for Children, http://datacenter.kidscount.org/data/bystate U.S. Census

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 8/2 8a: New Mexico's ranking for child welfare fell from 46th to 49th in the nation, according to the 2012 Kids Count report.  What happened?  What are advocacy groups and government officials doing to help kids in New Mexico?  We'd like to hear from you!  Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online, or call in live during the show.  

Guests:

Veronica Garcia - Executive Director, NM Voices for Children

Fronteras
1:53 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

The Search for Tolerance: A Fronteras Series on Hate Crimes in the Southwest

All this week, we're featuring stories on hate crimes issues across the southwest.  The series, produced by the Fronteras Changing America Desk, looks at immigration, the LGBT community, race, and training of law enforcement officers.  

Check out Fronterasdesk.org for more details. 

KUNM Call In Show
10:46 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Police and Racial Profiling in New Mexico

Vectorportal via Flickr

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 7/26 8a: Why aren't local police departments following the law on racial profiling and bias policing?

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Local News
10:44 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Young Bullying Victim Finds Forgiveness

After classmates found out that Zack Frankel is Jewish, the name-calling and teasing began.  By the time Zack got to high school, he says it was part of his normal school experience to hear offensive jokes, names, and comments referring to his faith.

One student was sending "text bombs" or hundreds of pre-programmed texts to Zack's cell phone.  Finally the 14 year old told his mom, she called the school, and the other student was suspended. 

KUNM Call In Show
12:45 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Hate Crimes in New Mexico

KUNM Call In Show Thu 7/19 8a: How do law enforcement officers decide whether a crime falls under state and federal hate crimes laws?  Is there a lot of extremist activity in New Mexico?  This week on the KUNM Call In Show, an exclusive interview with the lead FBI agent who investigated the swastika branding case in Farmington.  It was the first case to be charged, prosecuted and to lead to a conviction under the federal Matthew Shepard & James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009.  We'll take your calls and comments online.  You can also email callinshow@kunm.org.  

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Public Affairs
3:28 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

intelligence² debates: China Does Capitalism Better Than America

Thu. 7/5 8a: For all appearances, China has emerged unscathed from the global economic crisis, in stark contrast to its biggest debtor, America. China's admirers point to its ability to mobilize state resources, quick decision-making and business-friendly environment as reasons for its economic ascendency. But can its brand of state-directed capitalism overcome rampant corruption and the threat of growing inequality, or will the American model of innovation and free markets prevail? The debaters include Orville Schell, Peter Schiff, Ian Bremmer, and Minxin Pei.

 

Local News
11:40 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Tonight: NPR News Special on the U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Upholding Health Care Law

Thur. 6/28 7p: What does the U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act mean?  NPR Special News coverage with analysis of the legal, political and health care ramifications of the decision as well as reaction and a look at what's next. 

 

KUNM Call In Show
7:17 am
Tue June 26, 2012

What do U.S. Supreme Court rulings mean for New Mexico?

Protesters denounce Arizona's immigration law in June, 2010.
Campus Progress via Flickr

KUNM Call In Show 6/28 8a: The U.S. Supreme Court struck down most of the provisions in Arizona's controversial SB1070 immigration law, leaving one of the most disputed provisions in place- the "papers please" part of the law.  What does this ruling mean for New Mexico?  Would you like to see a similar law passed in New Mexico? 

We also are expecting a Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act healthcare law.  We'll discuss the ruling and its impact on New Mexico. 

KUNM Call In Show
2:22 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Public Information and Use of Private Email Accounts for Official Business

aria.richards via Flickr

KUNM Call In Show 6/21 8a: How often to public employees use their personal email accounts to do public work? How does this behavior affect the flow of public information? Can anything be done about it?

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Local News
9:41 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Fallout from Education Department Email Lists Continues

UPDATE 6/15 7:00 AM:

Lawmakers are calling for the state Attorney General to investigate whether a list of non-union teacher email addresses that was compiled by public employees and sent to Governor Susana Martinez's political director constitutes a violation of the law. 

From The Albuquerque Journal

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Local News
9:35 am
Wed June 13, 2012

KUNM News Takes 4 Awards Categories at Broadcasters Gala

Colleen Keane with her award for General News.
Photo: KUNM News

The New Mexico Broadcasters Association and The Associated Press-New Mexico recognized excellence in broadcasting at an awards gala on Friday night.  Radio and television stations were awarded for their news, entertainment, public affairs, and sports coverage. 

The KUNM Newsroom earned awards in the Feature News, General News, Continuing Coverage, and Single-Topic Event News Coverage. 

Thank you to the NMBA, the AP,  and congratulations to all the winners!  

 

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Call In Show
7:44 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Gay and Lesbian Parental Rights in New Mexico

EraPhernalia Vintage . . . (playin' hook-y ;o) via Flickr

KUNM Call In Show 6/14 8a: The New Mexico Supreme Court recently ruled that a woman in a same-sex relationship has parental rights and can sue for custody of a child she raised with her partner.  What does the ruling mean for New Mexico families?  We'd like to hear from you!  You can email callinshow@kunm.org, leave comments online, or call in live during the show!

Local News
6:00 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Gila Fire Damage Not As Severe As Las Conchas Fire of 2011

A Silver City Hotshot uses a drip torch during a burnout operation. Credit US Forest Service Gila National Forest
Kari Greer US Forest Service Gila National Forest

UPDATE 6/6 (6:00 PM)

 

Fire-crews continue to make progress with the Whitewater Baldy Complex fire- it has burned over 263,000 acres and is 22% contained. 

Fire Information Officer Linda Torgersen Gonzales says, so far, the damage assessment team hasn't seen severe destruction like that caused last year by the Las Conchas.

"There weren't very many areas where the fire was so hot that it scorched the ground like you see with some of the raging fires," Gonzales says, "This one has been much more moderate."

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