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.  

Ways to Connect

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. 

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?

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. 

 

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. 

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?

Guests:

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. 

From The Albuquerque Journal

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!  

 

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!

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."

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

 

Guests:

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.

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. 

Kirtland Spill Could Be Much Larger

May 23, 2012

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.

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.  

Smoke Impacts from Wildfires Today

May 18, 2012

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.

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.  

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

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?  

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?  

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%.

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.  

Community members and conservation groups met in front of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regional headquarters today to demand the release of more Mexican grey wolves.  The agency administers a controversial reintroduction program for the endangered species in the Gila Wilderness in eastern Arizona and western New Mexico. 

 

Thu. 4/12 8a: What's your biggest tax question this year, besides 'do I have to?'  

Guests: Demesia Padilla, NM Secretary of Taxation and Revenue; Betsy Donnelly and Michele Jordan, IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service

Voter advocacy and conservation groups are co-sponsoring two candidate forums, one for each open seat on the PRC, which regulates a wide range of agencies and industries including telecommunications, insurance, and utilities.   

From the League of Women Voters of Santa Fe County press release: 

 

 

Albuquerque area PRC Candidate Forum, District 1  

6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 11

UNM Continuing Education Center, 1634 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque

 

Support Waning for Mexican Wolf Program

Apr 9, 2012

For the third time in recent weeks, a partner in the troubled effort to reintroduce the Mexican gray wolf has jumped ship.

Elected Sunland Park mayor Daniel Salinas can't be sworn in because he's been barred from having contact with the clerk who administers the oath of office.  The court order is the result of blackmail allegations.  

The southern New Mexico town's city council will meet next week to declare the mayor's office vacant and make an appointment, according to a KRQE-TV report

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