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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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 Creative Commons License

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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Call In Show
10:20 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Are Megafires the New Normal?

The Whitewater Baldy Complex fire torches the crowns of ponderosas on May 31st, 2012.
Kari Greer US Forest Service Gila National Forest

KUNM Call In Show 6/7 8a: For the second year in a row,  New Mexico is seeing record acreage damaged by wildfire. Is this a trend or just random? Why are conditions so ripe for such enormous fires? What can be done to prevent them? We'll also have an update on the Whitewater Baldy Complex fire in the Gila National Forest. We'd like to hear from you!  Email callinshow@kunm.org, leave comments online, or call in live during the show. 

277-5866 or toll-free 877-899-5866

 

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Local News
7:01 am
Thu May 31, 2012

ACLU: Voter IDs Impede Access for Voters

New Mexico's primary election is on Tuesday and recent scandals in southern parts of the state have refocused attention on the issue of voter fraud. 

Is there rampant abuse of the right to vote in New Mexico?  Are there barriers to voting that prevent voters from having their say and being counted?  Just ahead this morning on the KUNM Call In Show, we'll take your calls and comments.

But first, we'll hear from Steve Robert Allen, the Policy Director at ACLU-New Mexico.  Allen says there's no such thing as a flawless election.

Call In Show
7:45 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

How Much Does Your Vote Count In New Mexico?

Photo: buschap via Flickr

KUNM Call In Show 5/31 8a: Are people voting illegally in New Mexico?  Are people being denied their legitimate voting rights?  

Guests: UNM Professor Lonna Atkeson; Jared Hamilton, Hispanos Unidos; Representative Cathryn Brown

Voter ID Laws in the U.S. 

Local News
6:16 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Kirtland Spill Could Be Much Larger

UPDATED 4:30pm:  State environmental officials say a massive jet fuel spill threatening Albuquerque's water supply could be much larger than originally thought. Officials have previously estimated the decades-old spill from Kirtland Air Force base to be about 8 million gallons.

But state geologist William Moats, who made the original calculations, recently estimated the spill could be as large as 24 million gallons -- or twice the size of the spill from the Exxon Valdez oil tanker in Alaska in 1989.

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KUNM Call In Show
10:46 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Why Are So Many New Mexicans Dying from Prescription Drug Overdoses?

The NM Dept. of Health reports 1,074 lbs of oxycodone were sold here in 2010. That's up 233% over the last decade.
Photo: B.Futureproof via Flickr

KUNM Call In Show 5/24 8a: The number of people in New Mexico who died from prescription drug overdoses shot up by over 60% over the last decade.  What are local authorities doing to stop this trend?  Why such a quick increase?  What causes the increase in sales of prescription drugs?  We'd like to hear from you!  Email callinshow@kunm.org, leave a comment online, or call in live during the show.  

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Local News
6:23 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Smoke Impacts from Wildfires Today

Smoke from wildfires in New Mexico and Arizona is expected to be noticeable across both states until at least this afternoon. The National Weather Service says windy and dry climate conditions will shift smoke from large wildfires burning in northern and central Arizona and southwest New Mexico. The winds will likely push smoke into central and northern New Mexico today and southward on Saturday.

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Local News
7:35 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Senator: College Still A Good Investment, Despite Growth of Student Loan Costs

Senator Tom Udall, D (NM), spoke with KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel about his efforts to keep the cost of federal student loans down and the need for borrowers to be financially literate.  

Call In Show
3:51 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Student Loans: A Blessing Or A Curse?

Photo: thisisbossi via Flickr

KUNM  Call In Show, Thu. 5/17 8a: How are you going to pay off your student loans?  Was it worth it for you?  Are we buying more college than we can afford?  What other options are there for students?  We'd like to hear from you!  Email callinshow@kunm.org, leave comments online, or call in live during the show.  277-5866 or toll free 877-899-5866

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Call In Show
8:39 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Are Pit Bulls the Problem?

Photo: Scott Kinmartin via Flickr

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 5/10 8a: Do you think pit bulls are more dangerous than other breeds of dogs? Why do dogs attack people and what do we need to know to prevent dog attacks?  

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Call In Show
10:08 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Cleaning Up the Fuel Spill at Kirtland Air Force Base

Photo: OpenThreads via Flickr

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 5/3 8a: Exactly how are officials cleaning up the decades old fuel oil spill at Kirtland AFB?  Are you concerned about your drinking water in Albuquerque?  Are city and state officials requiring enough of the base clean-up effort?  

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Local News
9:48 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Democrats Ahead in New Mexico Senate Race

A recent poll by Public Policy Polling shows incumbent Representative Martin Heinrich leading in the race for retiring Senator Jeff Bingaman's seat.  

Our newest poll finds Martin Heinrich leading Heather Wilson 48-43 and Hector Balderas with a 44-43 advantage. Both match ups have seen only a small change from when PPP polled the state in December. At that time Heinrich led Wilson 47-40 and Balderas and Wilson were knotted at 43%.

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Call In Show
12:33 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Albuquerque's First Poet Laureate: Hakim Bellamy

Photo: Wes Naman/Naman Photography

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 4/19 8a: What possesses a poet to scribble the deepest heart secrets and then share them with the world?  And how can naming a poet laureate impact Albuquerque?  What do you want to see and hear from your first, 'Burque?  Hakim Bellamy was named Albuquerque's first Poet Laureate this past weekend and he'll join us live in the studio.  We'd like to hear from you!  

Call in live during the show 277-5866, toll free 877-899-5866, or email to callinshow@kunm.org.  

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