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 wore many sets of headphones at the station before becoming KUNM's News Director - local anchor of NPR's Morning Edition, reporter in the KUNM newsroom, and host and producer of the KUNM Call In Show.  

As a graduate student in the Communication and Journalism MA program at UNM, Elaine completed her thesis project on the West Mesa murders and coverage of violence against women in the media.

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
5:17 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Udall Urges Caution On Hanford/WIPP Proposal

The Department of Energy announced last week a proposal to ship 3 million gallons of radioactive waste from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state to be stored at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad.

It would mean years of additional projects for WIPP, and that means jobs. Jack Volpato Jr. is the Chair of the Eddy County Commission. He says he's hopeful the Hanford waste can be ok'd for storage at WIPP. “WIPP is coming to a crossroads in it's mission,” Volpato explained, “and we need to find new missions to keep it going.”

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KUNM Call In Show
11:55 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Will WIPP Take Hanford's Nuclear Waste?

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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 3/14 8a: The Department of Energy has proposed to store nuclear waste from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico.  

We'll take your calls and comments. You can also email callinshow@kunm.org or post your comments online

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KUNM Call In Show
6:54 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Contextualizing The Sequester

Excerpt of the map of The Impact of the Fiscal Cliff on the States, from the Pew Center on the States. https://www.wellsfargo.com/downloads/pdf/com/insights/economics/special-reports/Sequestration_Which_States_Are_Most_Vulnerable_02182013.pdf
Credit Pew Center on the States

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 3/7 8a: The sequester is on and the country is bracing for the impact of automatic federal budget cuts. We'll discuss the impact of the cuts here in New Mexico, and we'd like to hear from you. Do you own a small business? Are you worried about staying afloat? Are you a federal employee? Do you have information about your job security? Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online, or call in live during the show. 

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Local News
6:06 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

New Mexico's Sequester, What Does It Look Like So Far?

The KUNM News team looks at a variety of communities bracing for automatic federal budget cuts, from early childhood education and law enforcement, to healthcare and the military, and including the state's national laboratories. 

Carrie Jung reports in the sequester's impact on the military and the state's national laboratories. 

Rita Daniels spoke with US Representative Steve Pearce (R) about the automatic federal budget cuts and their impact on border security. 

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KUNM Call In Show
5:56 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

A Decade Of Talking All Things Peace

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 2/28 8a: Over the past ten years, the producers of Peace Talks Radio have been chasing the stories that explore non-violent conflict resolution and peacemaking.  We'll hear from series producers Paul Ingles, Suzanne Kryder, and Carol Boss about their work teasing out these stories of what is good in the world.  How did they find people who promote, create, and support peace in their communities? We'd also like to hear from you!  

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KUNM Call In Show
6:17 am
Thu February 21, 2013

The Social History of Marijuana

KUNM Call In Show 2/21 8a: When and how was marijuana first used by humans? How does the herb chemically impact the human brain? And what are some of the cultural aspects of the substance's prohibition in the U.S.?  We'll speak with Martin A. Lee, author of Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana - Medical, Recreational, and Scientific.  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
9:33 am
Thu February 7, 2013

2nd Amendment And Gun Control

President Obama has made gun control one of his administrations top priorities in the wake of the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting.  Here in New Mexico, a flurry of gun control laws have been introduced by lawmakers who say they want to reduce gun violence.  Their legislative methods are quite different, though.   

Stephen Halbrook says the climate around discussions of the Second Amendment has changed drastically since the early 1980s when UNM Press first published his book, That Every Man Be Armed: The Evolution of a Constitutional Right. 

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KUNM Call In Show
11:33 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Gun Control In The Wild Wild West

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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 2/7 8a: How will gun buyer background check legislation fare in the state legislature? What does this mean for 2nd Amendment rights and public safety in New Mexico?  We'll discuss the proposal's progress and get reactions.  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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  • Julie Ann Grimm, Santa Fe New Mexican
  • Debbie O'Malley, Bernalillo County Commissioner
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KUNM Call In Show
10:48 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Are Abortion Rights Under Attack In New Mexico?

  KUNM Call In Show Thu. 1/31 8a: A bill introduced in the state legislature would make it a crime to coerce or facilitate an abortion with the intention of destroying evidence for a woman who has been the victim of rape or incest.  The bill's sponsor, Representative Cathrynn Brown (R-Carlsbad), is defending the measure and says she has made changes in the language of the bill to make it clear she is trying to prevent rapists from coercing women to have abortions.  What would a law like this mean for abortion rights in New Mexico?

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KUNM Call In Show
8:17 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Juries For Police Officers Who've Shot Civilians, What Works?

The Bernalillo County Courthouse in downtown Albuquerque, NM.
Credit AllenS via WikiCommons

KUNM Call In Show Thur. 1/24 8a: Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg plans to restart what some have called a controversial process of reviewing the cases of officer involved shootings by using an 'investigative grand jury.'  How would you like to see these shootings dealt with? Are these juries enough?  What other options are there for determining whether an officer was justified in using deadly force?  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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KUNM Call In Show
6:16 am
Fri January 18, 2013

What Does Medicaid Expansion Mean For New Mexico?

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KUNM Call In Show 1/17 8a: Now that Governor Susana Martinez has agreed to expand Medicaid to cover an additional 170,000 low income adults, what does that mean for the state?  Are there enough health care providers to provide the health care?  How will the expansion be implemented?

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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Public Affairs
12:24 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Changing Landscape Of News Media

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KUNM Call In Show 1/10 8a: What do you want to see covered by news media in New Mexico?  Which media outlets are doing it well?  We'll hear from reporters and editors at new online media outlets and discuss news coverage in New Mexico, what is missing, and what they plan to do about it. 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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KUNM Call In Show
11:45 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Year In Review: Top News Stories of 2012 In New Mexico

KUNM Call In Show 12/20 8a: What was the biggest news story of 2012 in New Mexico?  We'll have results from a survey of KUNM listeners and we'll hear from news editors about what they think.  We'll also discuss the most under-reported stories of the year.  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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KUNM Call In Show
2:38 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Hey, good lookin', whatcha got cooking?

Posole with red chile.
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KUNM Call In Show 12/13 8a: What foods do you prepare especially for the holidays?  What do these dishes mean to you?  Where can you find great holiday meals at restaurants in places like Albuquerque and Santa Fe?

This week on the KUNM Call In Show, we'll explore the importance of special foods during the holidays.  We'd like to hear from you!  Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your favorite holiday recipes on our Facebook page- KUNM News, or call in live during the show.

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KUNM Call In Show
1:42 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

What does New Mexico's "fiscal cliff" look like?

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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 12/6 8a: What is the 'fiscal cliff' and what would automatic budget cuts and tax increases mean for New Mexico?  Do you think lawmakers should hold out for the plans they want, or are you concerned about them playing brinksmanship with the state's economic recovery?  

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KUNM Call In Show
1:12 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

What do state legislative election results mean for New Mexico?

Credit Stephanie Fitzgerald

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 11/8 8a: There are lots of changes ahead in the state legislature after the election this week!

What does this mean for Republican Governor Susanna Martinez's agenda?  And what about local impacts across the state?  

You can email callinshow@kunm.org or post your comments online here.  We'll take your comments and questions live during the show.

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Local News
9:33 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Live Election Coverage Starts at 6p Tonight on KUNM

Starting tonight at 6p, we'll bring you live election coverage from NPR with updates, results, and analysis of the Presidential race and Senate and House races across the country.  KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel will join with New Mexico In Depth's Trip Jennings for updates on state and local races and what's happening with the national races locally. 

During the day today, we'll have periodic updates during our regular programming.  Please let us know about your experience at the polls today! 

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Local News
6:20 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

No Photo ID Required at Polls in New Mexico

Secretary of State Dianna Duran is reminding voters about what they need to do at the polls this Election Day.  Duran says, in New Mexico a photo ID is required in only one rare circumstance- when that voter is a first time voter in New Mexico AND the voter registered by mail without showing a photo ID.  

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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

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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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