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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KUNM Local
7:28 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

Banned and Challenged Books Highlighted During Banned Book Week

Photo via www.treehugger.com

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

Photo via www.mapresources.com

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

Photo via www.digitalfilmtree.com

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

Photo via www.treehugger.com

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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KUNM Local
11:19 am
Fri June 10, 2011

Wallow Wildfire Update

Albuquerque, NM – The Wallow wildfire in eastern Arizona moves closer to the New Mexico state line. Fronteras Changing America Desk reporter Al Macias joins KUNM live from near Springerville, AZ.
 

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Public Affairs
4:32 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

Impact of the Arizona Wildfires on New Mexico

thealienproject.blogspot.com

Thurs. 6/9 at 8am: Smoke from the Arizona wildfires blankets New Mexico. We'll be discussing the impact on New Mexicans with meteorologists, state health officials, health care providers and fire managers.

Guests TBA

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KUNM Local
8:56 am
Fri May 20, 2011

Biz Report: Golf Courses and Wood Pellets

Albuquerque, NM – Each week we check in on business news from around the state. KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel has our report this week.
 

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Public Affairs
12:08 pm
Thu May 19, 2011

NPR Ombudsman Alicia Shepard

Thurs. 5/26 at 8am: NPR Ombudsman Alicia Shepard takes your questions on the KUNM Call In Show.

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

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KUNM Local
7:42 am
Thu May 19, 2011

Reflections on the ABQ Ride of Silence for Injured and Killed Bicyclists

Bicyclists in the 2011 Ride of Silence in Albuquerque.
Photo: Jennifer Buntz/Duke City Wheelmen Foundation

Albuquerque, NM – Bicyclists of all types came out Wednesday evening in Albuquerque to honor their fellow riders who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roads. The annual event is called "Ride of Silence" and rides were held in all 50 states and in two dozen countries around the world.

KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel took part in the Albuquerque event and has this reflection.

Update: Matt Trujillo died May 26th from injuries sustained in the crash.

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KUNM Local
11:20 am
Mon May 16, 2011

Library Cuts Under Discussion at City Council Meeting

Albuquerque, NM – Albuquerque City Council to discuss budget, library funding.

 

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KUNM Local
3:58 pm
Thu May 5, 2011

PBS Leader Talks About Funding and Innovation

Albuquerque, NM – Members of Congress fiercely debated funding for public radio and television in recent months. Leaders in public broadcasting stepped up to defend continued federal funding.

KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel recently sat down with Paula Kerger, the President of CEO of PBS, the Public Broadcasting Service.

Kerger told KUNM that the idea of creating a commercial version of PBS is not new, and past efforts have failed to re-create the core values of PBS.

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KUNM Local
10:49 am
Wed April 27, 2011

West Mesa Murders in MS. Magazine

Albuquerque, NM – Local freelance journalist Laura Paskus has an article on the West Mesa murders in the Spring issue of MS. Magazine.

 

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KUNM Local
1:28 pm
Tue April 19, 2011

Santiago Baca Says Bring on the Sorrow, It Dissolves into Happiness in the Blood

Albuquerque, NM – Jimmy Santiago Baca is back home in New Mexico briefly this month. In addition to catching up on his green chile consumption, the award winning poet stopped by the KUNM studios to chat with Elaine Baumgartel.

 

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