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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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

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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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Public Affairs
8:52 am
Mon October 10, 2011

Who Cares About Conservation?

Photo by Wolfgang Staudt http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en

Did you miss the KUNM Call-In Show this week on attitudes about conservation?  You can stream it online now!  Recent polls show some surprising results about the perspectives of Hispanic/Latinos in New Mexico and young people.  You can email callinshow@kunm.org with your comments.

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KUNM Local
10:17 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Biz Report: Non-Emergency ER Patients and SF Brewing Co's Success

Photo via www.multiamerican.scpr.org

Each week we take a look at business news from around the state. This week, KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel spoke with Dennis Domrzalski.

Public Affairs
2:00 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

Foreclosures

KentBrumm.com

Thurs. 10/6 at 8am: Are you having trouble paying your mortgage?  Do you have friends or family who have lost their homes to foreclosure?  What does the recent increase in foreclosures mean for New Mexico?

On the KUNM Call In Show this week we'll discuss foreclosures and what some organizations are doing to slow the trend.  We'd like to hear from you!  You can send us an email at callinshow@kunm.org, or call in live during the show: 277-KUNM or toll-free 1-877-899-5866.

    

KUNM Local
9:39 am
Mon October 3, 2011

Biz Report: Drone and Kid’s Clothing Manufacturing

Photo via www.team-ewan.com

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.

Morning Edition

Waking up is hard to do, but it's easier with NPR's Morning Edition, bringing the day's stories and news to radio listeners on the go.

Public Affairs
11:55 am
Thu September 22, 2011

New Mexico Redistricting

Thu. 9/29 at 8am: Who should draw voting district maps? Courts? Lawmakers? Citizens? This week on the KUNM Call In Show we'll discuss redistricting, what did and didn't happen in the special session, and what's next for voting districts in New Mexico.

Who should draw voting district maps? Courts? Lawmakers? Citizens? This week on the KUNM Call In Show we'll discuss redistricting, what did and didn't happen in the special session, and what's next for voting districts in New Mexico.

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KUNM Local
9:32 am
Thu September 22, 2011

New Chair of African American Chamber of Commerce of NM on Building Black Owned Businesses

The wealth gap between white, Black, and Hispanic households in the US is getting bigger. According to a recent report by the US Census Bureau and the Pew Foundation, white households have 20 times the wealth of Black households and 18 times the wealth of Hispanic households.

Lawmakers in Washington D.C. are meeting this week to address this growing wealth inequality and here in Albuquerque leaders in the African American community are working to support black owned businesses and entrepreneurs. KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel has more.

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KUNM Local
7:28 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

Banned and Challenged Books Highlighted During Banned Book Week

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For the 30th year, libraries across the country next week are highlighting books that some people have wanted removed from the shelves. Banned Books Week is promoted by the American Libraries Association as an opportunity to celebrate the First Amendment and freedom of speech and the press. KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel has more.

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KUNM Local
7:42 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Democrats Prioritizing Redistricting Over Gov's Proposals

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Lawmakers are into their third week of the special session on redistricting at the state Capitol. KUNM's Marjorie Childress is covering the action in Santa Fe. She joined me to discuss why Democrats are not yet working on the agenda items that were added by Republican Governor Susana Martinez. Instead they're focusing on redistricting. Marjorie Childress reports for KUNM. She is also the Editor of the New Mexico online news and views website, El Grito.

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Public Affairs
11:19 am
Sat September 17, 2011

Birthing Options in New Mexico

Fri. 9/23 at 8am: The birth experience can impact new moms and families in many ways, and there are benefits to birthing at home or in a birth center. What are the differences? What are the benefits? We'll discuss birthing options for women, including home birth, an out of hospital birth center, and a hospital birth center.

Host Giovanna Rossi interviews Abigail Eaves of Dar A Luz Birth Center, Annette Lindeman of Lovelace Women's Hospital, and two home birth midwives: Nandi Hill and Terry Simmons.

More info, including links to New Mexico birthing resources.

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KUNM Local
6:50 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

Biz Report: Film Industry Numbers Down, Rio Grande Levees in Bad Shape

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Every Friday, 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.
 

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KUNM Local
5:59 pm
Thu September 15, 2011

Small Business Owners in NM Hesitant to Hire

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KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel spoke with the director of an organization that assists business owners with starting and running small businesses about creating jobs.

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KUNM Local
5:38 pm
Tue September 13, 2011

Groups to Hold Public Forum on Trapping

Photo via www.cameratrapcodger.blogspot.com

Conservation groups are hosting a public forum in Albuquerque Wednesday to discuss trapping of fur-bearing animals on New Mexico public lands. The state Game Commission in July lifted a ban on trapping in southwestern parts of the state where the endangered Mexican grey wolf has been reintroduced.

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KUNM Local
3:58 pm
Fri September 9, 2011

Biz Report: Impact of 9-11 on Travel

Photo via www.backpackingmatt.com

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

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Entertainment
2:24 pm
Sun September 4, 2011

RadioLab: (So-called) Life

DNA strand
wikimedia.org

Sun. 9/11 at 11am: What is "natural" in a world where biology and engineering intersect? Biotechnology is making it easier and easier to create new forms of life, but what are the consequences when humans play with life? We travel back to the first billion years of life on Earth, take a look at how modern engineers tinker with living things, and meet a woman who could have been two people.

More info at RadioLab

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KUNM Local
4:59 pm
Fri September 2, 2011

Biz Report: Smart Grids and Social Enterprises

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

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Public Affairs
12:35 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Zozobra!

Zozobra
Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe Smithsonian Magazine

Thurs. 9/8 at 8am: What are your childhood memories of Zozobra? Were you afraid of Old Man Gloom? Or did you yell and scream with the crowd while sitting on your mom or dad's shoulders?

Share your experiences of Zozobra by calling 277-KUNM or toll-free 1-877-899-5866. You can also email the show at callinshow@kunm.org.

More about the burning of Zozobra

 

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KUNM Local
6:08 pm
Wed August 24, 2011

Research Shows Mixed Results for CA Mandatory Nurse Staffing Levels

Albuquerque, NM – Recently union nurses in Santa Fe voted not to strike during contract negotiations. One central issue was the question of how many patients a nurse should be in charge of at one time. California has nurse to patient ratios mandated by law. How is this policy working there?

 

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Public Affairs
4:57 pm
Wed August 24, 2011

Drought In New Mexico

Low water levels in the Rio Grande (USGS.gov)

Thurs. 9/1 at 8am: Drought has hit New Mexico hard. The state has sued the Bureau of Reclamation over water and farmers are paying to pump groundwater as river sources dry up. How is this year's drought affecting the Rio Grande River and the communities that depend on it?

Call in your comments and questions at 277-KUNM or toll-free 1-877-899-5866. Email the show at callinshow@kunm.org.

Guests:

Em Hall, UNM School of Law

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Public Affairs
9:14 am
Thu August 18, 2011

Nurse Staffing Levels and Quality of Patient Care in NM Hospitals

Thurs. 8/25 at 8am: We'll take your calls on nurse staffing levels and quality of patient care in New Mexico hospitals.

Call in your comments and questions at 277-KUNM or toll-free 1-877-899-5866. Email the show at .

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Public Affairs
11:01 am
Thu August 4, 2011

Federal Funding and the New Mexico Economy

Nic McPhee/Creative Commons

Thurs. 8/11 at 8am:  State Treasurer James Lewis joins us for the full hour to discuss New Mexico finances. How will the recently passed debt ceiling deal affect federal dollars flowing into the state?

Join the discussion next Thursday at 8am. Email questions to callinshow@kunm.org

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KUNM Local
4:02 pm
Mon July 25, 2011

Drop Out Feature

Albuquerque, New Mexico – This summer, KUNM and Generation Justice have been interviewing teens, researchers and educators about what can be done to help more young people succeed in school and stay through graduation. Here are some voices of young New Mexicans and the Oye Conference, that's Organizing Youth Engagement, at the University of New Mexico last month.

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3:59 pm
Thu July 14, 2011

Energy Conservation Building Codes

EMNRD.state.nm.us

Thurs. 7/21 at 8am: What's up with the state's energy conservation building codes? A version of the code requiring a 20% reduction in energy use from 2006 levels was repealed last month by a state commission, but some cities may use their own building codes. We'll host a panel discussion and take your calls live.

Email your questions today to callinshow@kunm.org.

During the show, you can call in your comments and questions at 277-KUNM or toll-free 1-877-899-5866.

 

 

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KUNM Local
3:19 pm
Fri July 8, 2011

Social Media Changes Communication Environment Around Wildfire Response

Albuquerque, NM – KUNM's Trip Jennings has been covering the Las Conchas fire burning near Los Alamos. The fire is 40 percent contained after burning over 130-thousand acres and causing the evacuation of Los Alamos and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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KUNM Local
1:17 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

Las Conchas Fire Info and Resources

Albuquerque, NM –

For the latest fire information from NM Fire Info or the INCIWEB.org site.

Check out the Wildfire Latest News Interactive Map of Active Wildfires.

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KUNM Local
8:44 am
Tue June 28, 2011

Espanola Animal Shelter Takes Animal Evacuees from Las Conchas Fire

Albuquerque, NM – The Espanola Animal Shelter is receiving animal evacuees from the Las Conchas fire and Los Alamos. They are accepting dogs, cats and caged pets from people who have evacuated Los Alamos and surrounding areas. The shelter is serving as a staging area for poultry, horses, donkeys, goats and sheep in small numbers.

The shelter is accepting donations of dry food, non-clumping cat litter, bowls, crates, litter boxes, and towels. Volunteers may be needed for walking, cleaning, and feeding the animals.

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Public Affairs
11:52 am
Thu June 23, 2011

Las Conchas Wildfire

A wildfire crests over the hills above Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico overnight Sunday. (Luis Sanchez Saturno/The New Mexican/Associated Press)
CBC.ca

Thurs. 6/30 at 8am: This Thursday on the Call-In Show we will discuss the fire situation in Los Alamos. Share your questions, comments and concerns, Thursday morning at 8am.

Here are the numbers to dial: 277-KUNM or toll-free 1-877-899-5866.
You can also email the show at callinshow@kunm.org.

See the KUNM homepage for useful links regarding the wildfires in New Mexico.

 

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KUNM Local
2:35 pm
Fri June 10, 2011

Biz Report: State Sues Oil and Gas Co's and ABQ's Plan for an Urban Farm

Albuquerque, NM – Each week we check in with reporters from the New Mexico Business Weekly on business news around the state. KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel has this week's report.
 

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