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

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

Top officials at the Public Service Company of New Mexico were paid $2.26 million dollars. Nearly half of that went to President and CEO Pat Vincent-Collawn on top of her $575,000 annual salary. 

From the Albuquerque Journal


Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Charles Eldred received a $400,000 salary in 2011 and $486,240 in incentive pay.

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Thu. 4/5 8a:  Should government information be available to the public? Which information should citizens have access to? All information? Or are there some types of government information that should remain unavailable? New Mexico earned a D- in a recent State Integrity Investigation report on governmental accountability.  

Guests: Gwyneth Doland, New Mexico Foundation for Open Government; Viki Harrison, Common Cause New Mexico


Justin Marty

The Obama administration is halting immigration court proceedings in four cities. The move will give authorities time to review thousands of cases and delay deportation for many non-criminal undocumented immigrants. Nick Bloomberg reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.

The 13th Annual White Privilege Conference meets in Albuquerque this week to create opportunities to talk about one of our nation's most challenging subjects, white privilege and racial oppression.  


This week marks the one year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, the controversial new health care law intended to overhaul the nation's healthcare system. Ahead this morning on the KUNM Call In Show, we'll take your questions, but first we'll hear from Ron Pollack, the founding Executive Director of Families USA, a non-profit organization advocating for equal access to high quality healthcare

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Thu. 3/29 8a: How does media play a role in your racial identity?  How did you learn about people from different racial and ethnic backgrounds?  What do you think will help build bridges across differences?  We'll take your calls and discuss with local media advocates and journalists who focus on issues of race, ethnicity, and representation. 

Photo: clevercupcakes (Flickr/Creative Commons)

Thu. 3/22 8a:  It's been a year since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law and soon the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the its constitutionality.  How has the law changed your healthcare situation?  What have been the impacts across New Mexico?  

Photo by buschap/Flickr (Creative Commons)

Voters in Rio Rancho and Santa Fe are going to the polls today to select city councilors and vote on charter amendments and bond issues.  Polls close at 7pm tonight.  Rio Rancho voting info.  Santa Fe voting info

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!

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? 

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.

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?  

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


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

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.

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. 

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.

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.  

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.  

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.  

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.

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.

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.  

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.  



  • 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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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.