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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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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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.  

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.

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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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.

 

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. 

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. 

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 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

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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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.  

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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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.

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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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.  

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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!

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.

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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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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 
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

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. 

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

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 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.  

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.

 

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. 

 

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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. 

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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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Fallout from Education Department Email Lists Continues

Jun 14, 2012

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. 

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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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