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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LIVE Coverage from NPR
1:26 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

President Obama To Discuss Violence in Syria and Iran's Nuclear Program

Tue. 3/6 Time ~11am: President Obama will hold a press conference today.  He is expected to discuss the ongoing violence in Syria and Iran's disputed nuclear program.   We'll bring you live anchored coverage of the event from NPR News.  If you miss it check out our Two Week Archive!

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Call In Show
1:12 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Staffing Cuts and Program Delays at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Thu. 3/8 8a: LANL recently announced plans to cut the permanent lab workforce by over 10%.   Would you like to see more or less funding for projects at LANL?  And what about the Obama Administration's announcement that LANL's controversial $6 billion plutonium facility project will be delayed 5 years? 

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Call In Show
11:50 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Fixing the Public Regulation Commission?

Thu. 3/1 8a: Is the Public Regulation Commission in trouble?  It regulates telecommunications, utilities, insurance, and a host of other industries and agencies in New Mexico.  Will measures passed this legislative session resolve the issues you see at the PRC?  

We'd like to hear from you!  Call in live 277-5866 or toll free 877-899-5866 or email callinshow@kunm.org.  You can also leave comments online.

Call In Show
1:46 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

U.S. Senator Tom Udall, (D) NM, Takes Your Questions Live

Senator Tom Udall

Thu. 2/23 8a: Is the influence of money in politics a problem?   Or do you think our elections system works?  Are enough public lands protected from industry and human use?   Or would you like to see more commercial and public activity on state and federal lands in New Mexico?  

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Call In Show
1:43 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Legislative Wrap Up: What Happened? What Happens Now?

Photo: Mr. T in DC via Flickr, creative commons license

Thu. 2/16 8a: How is this year's legislative session wrapping up in Santa Fe?  Are you pleased with the budget package and allocation of state funds?  Were there measures you wanted to see pass that died in committee?  We'll take your calls and hear from lawmakers on the KUNM Call In Show this week.  We'd like to hear from you live during the show!

 277-5866 or toll-free 877-899-5866

Call In Show
6:37 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Native American Language Education in New Mexico

Photo: Council of Indian Nations
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Thu. 2/9 8a:  How are Native American languages taught in schools in New Mexico?  What are the unique language needs and histories of Native American communities here?  And what can our education professionals learn from what Indigenous Language scholars are doing?  We'll continue last week's conversation about language education today on the KUNM Call In Show.  We'd like to hear from you!  You can email us at callinshow@kunm.org or call in live during the show.  277-5866 or toll free 877-899-5866

Guests: Dr. Christine Sims, Asst. Professor, Language Literacy and Sociocultural Studies, UNM; Dr. Rebecca Blum-Martinez, Professor, Language Literacy and Sociocultural Studies, UNM

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Local News
5:30 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Legislative Update

Photo Credit: Peter St. Cyr

KUNM’s Gwyneth Doland stopped by Friday to give us an update on what’s happening at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe.  She’s been covering the 30-day session for NMpolitics.net and KNME TV.  Doland spoke to KUNM’s Elaine Baumgartel.

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Call In Show
1:31 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Dual Language Education: ¿Si o no?

Photo by Erwin Horment, creative commons

Thu. 2/2 8a: As a community do we value the ability to speak multiple languages?  What are the benefits and challenges of dual language education programs?  And exactly who are we talking about when we say English Language Learners?  This week on the KUNM Call In Show we had a conversation about dual language education in New Mexico. 

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KUNM Call-In Show
7:33 am
Tue January 10, 2012

New Frontiers in Psychiatry: 'Psychosomatic' Isn't Such A Dirty Word Anymore

Hagmann et al, Creative Commons 2.5, Plos Biology

Thu. 1/12 8a: The mind/body connection, it's all the rage these days with yoga and meditation practices becoming more and more mainstream.  So what are medical researchers discovering about the chemistry of the mind/body relationship?  This week on the KUNM Call-In Show we heard from doctors who work with the terminally and mentally ill, exploring strategies that treat the mind and the body.

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KUNM Call-In Show
7:24 am
Fri December 23, 2011

Keeping That Healthy Eating Resolution

Photo: Creative Commons Flickr/Dan4th

Thu. 1/5 8a: It's no secret that the way to maintain a healthy weight involves healthy eating habits and regular exercise.   So what makes keeping that New Year's resolution to drop a few pounds so difficult?  On the KUNM Call-In Show January 5th, we'll discuss the impediments to healthy weight loss and strategies for healthy eating.  

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Call In Show
9:33 am
Mon December 12, 2011

Chronicling the Bush Family and Journalism Today: A Conversation with Journalist Russ Baker

Thu. 12/15 8a: What has been the impact of the Bush family on the history of the U.S.?  And what is the state of journalism today, with newspapers struggling to survive and bloggers becoming journalists?  This week on the KUNM Call-In Show, we spent the hour speaking with the award winning investigative journalist Russ Baker.  

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KUNM Call-In Show
1:05 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Just What Is Sexual Harassment, Anyway?

Photograph by flickr user EverJean used under Creative Commons licenses.

Thu. 12/8 8a: Where is the line between telling a raunchy joke and sexually harassing a co-worker?  How do you know if behavior that makes you uncomfortable at work is sexual harassment?  This week on the KUNM Call In Show we discuss the issue of sexual harassment- the legalities and the larger cultural context.  

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KUNM Call-In Show
12:32 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Visibility of Disability

Thu. 12/1 8a: What do you see when you see someone with a disability?  Are you disabled and do people see you or treat you differently as a result?  This week on the KUNM Call In Show a discussion the visibility of disability.  Questions or comments? Email callinshow@kunm.org.

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Local News
9:59 am
Mon November 14, 2011

Biz Report: Defense to Geothermal and Intellectual Property

Photo via www.creativecommons.org

Each week we catch up with business news from around the sate. This week KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel spoke with Megan Kamerick, Senior Reporter with the New Mexico Business Weekly.

KUNM Call-In Show
12:59 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Coping With Holiday Stress

Photo by Steven de Polo, flickr creative commons

Thu. 10/17 8a: Do the holidays stress you out?  Do you eat or drink too much?  Feel some dread about family events?  Do you forget to take some down time to yourself?  This week on the KUNM Call-In Show we'll talk about ways to reduce stress during the holiday season.  

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KUNM Call-In Show
12:40 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

The New Generation of Agriculturalists

Thu. 11/10 8a: What should the top priorities be for the next generation of farmers and ranchers?  What are these young people doing to manage land and water resources?  

We'll hear from presenters at the Quivira Coalition's annual conference and from local youth leaders on the KUNM Call-In Show this week.  

 

Guests:

  • Boe Lopez: Young Cattlemen's Leadership Committee, NM Cattlegrower's Association                                        
  • Bryce AndrewsClark Fork Coalition, Missoula, Montana                                                                                           
  • Sarahlee Lawrence: Rainshadow Organics, Terrebonne, Oregon

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Local News
10:07 am
Mon November 7, 2011

Biz Report: New Mexico’s Image Problem and Native American Tax Servicers

Courtesy of Creative Commons via www.wn.com

Each week we catch up with business news from around the state.  This week KUNM’s Elaine Baumgartel spoke with Megan Kamerick, Senior Reporter with the New Mexico Business Weekly.

 

KUNM Call-In Show
2:17 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

Reproductive Health Care and Sex Ed. for Young Women in New Mexico

Image: psdgraphics.com

Thu. 11/3 8a: What are the biggest problems facing young women you know in New Mexico?   Education?  Jobs?  What about access to sex education and reproductive healthcare?  This week on the KUNM Call In Show we discussed sex education and reproductive justice  for young women in New Mexico.  

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Biz Report
9:23 am
Mon October 31, 2011

Biz Report: Small Business Incubators and Venture Capitalists

Photo via www.flickr.com by Cayusa

Each week we take a look at business news from around the state.  KUNM’s Elaine Baumgartel spoke with Megan Kamerick, Senior Reporter with the New Mexico Business Weekly. 

 

 

Local News
10:50 am
Fri October 21, 2011

Biz Report: National Monuments and Interships

Photo by Stratosphere via www.wikemedia.com

Each week we catch up on business news from around the state. KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel spoke with Megan Kamerick, Senior Reporter with the New Mexico Business Weekly.

Local News
7:27 am
Fri October 21, 2011

NPR Dopplegangers

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Entertainment
10:44 am
Tue October 18, 2011

'Wild Thing' on KUNM during NPR's Morning Edition Starring Elaine Baumgartel and Linda Rodeck

Photo: digitalcitizen.ca

We really try to keep the pledge drive interesting!  We're celebrating our 45th anniversary at KUNM this year and KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel (news) and Linda Rodeck (underwriting) jammed on Morning Edition Tuesday to hits from 1966, KUNM's first year on the air.   Maybe that will encourage you to pledge your support to New Mexico's Community Powered Public Radio!  

 

Public Affairs
4:42 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

Biz Report: Staying in NM and Solar Industry Woes

Each week we take a look at business news from around the state.  As she often does, KUNM’s Elaine Baumgartel spoke with Megan Kamerick, Senior Reporter with the New Mexico Business Weekly

KUNM Call-In Show
11:31 am
Mon October 17, 2011

What Makes A Successful Protest Movement?

Camp Coyote on the UNM Campus in Albuquerque. Protesters' permit was not extended by UNM's Administration this week and 30 protesters were arrested Tuesday night for failing to leave the location.
Photo: Bradford Beck

Thur. 10/27 8a: We'll continue our conversation on protest movements and Occupy Wall Street this week on the KUNM Call-In Show.  

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Public Affairs
9:38 am
Mon October 17, 2011

How Can Small Businesses Create Jobs?

nDevilTV:Creative Commons

Thur. 9/15 8a: How Can Small Businesses Create Jobs? 

Guests:

Marie Lapina, Medical Practice Solutions

 

Emily Gillette, Chef Link Commercial Kitchen Supply

Dave mead, Array Technologies Incorporated

Local News
7:14 am
Mon October 17, 2011

NPR: Foster the People

Check out this Morning Edition story on Foster the People.

Local News
3:12 pm
Fri October 14, 2011

Biz Report: Staying in NM and Solar Industry Woes

Solar panels.
Photo by Andreas Demmelbauer courtesy of Creative Commons

A New Mexico company rejects tax incentives to leave the state and the solar industry takes a hit in the international market. 

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Local News
11:55 am
Thu October 13, 2011

New Urban Wildlife Refuge in Albuquerque’s South Valley

The Rio Grande near Albuquerque.
Photo via www.flickr.com by OpenThreads

One of the largest tracts of undeveloped land in Albuquerque’s South Valley is set to become a National Wildlife Refuge, one of few to be located in an urban area.  

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Local News
10:09 am
Mon October 10, 2011

Biz Report: Water, Water Everywhere

Photo by Darkpatator courtesy of Creative Commons

Each week we take a look at business news from around the state.  KUNM’s Elaine Baumgartel checked in with Megan Kamerick, Senior Reporter for the New Mexico Business Weekly.

 

 

Local News
9:54 am
Mon October 10, 2011

ProPublica Finds Fed Loan Modification Program Oversight Ineffectual

Photo via www.hellobeautiful.com

As part of a program to help homeowners avoid foreclosure, the federal government created a program to subsidize loan modifications by lenders. The Home Affordability Modification Program is funded by tax-payer dollars, but a new report from the non-profit journalism organization ProPublica says government oversight for the program has been ineffectual and weak.

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