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.  

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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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KUNM Local
2:13 pm
Wed April 13, 2011

KUNM Call In Show on Education Thursday at 8am

Albuquerque, NM – Tune in Thursday morning at 8 for the KUNM Call In Show. KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel will host a conversation with New Mexico teachers. How are students doing? What challenges are they facing? How are teachers addressing students' needs? We'll be taking your calls and hearing stories from New Mexico classrooms- Thursday morning at 8 on the KUNM Call In Show.

Join the conversation- 505-277-5866, toll free 877-899-5866, or online by emailing callinshow@kunm.org.
 

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Public Affairs
10:53 am
Sat April 9, 2011

A Conversation with New Mexico Teachers

Thurs. 4/14 at 8am: How are students doing? What challenges are they facing? How are teachers addressing students' needs? We'll be taking your calls and hearing stories from New Mexico classrooms.

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

Guests:

Barbara Peterson - 29 years at Valle Vista Elementary school, teaches reading intervention to small groups of students

Barney Fuller - math teacher, Eisenhower Middle School

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KUNM Local
12:29 pm
Tue April 5, 2011

Homeland Security Sect. Napolitano Says Border Security Good for Business

Albuquerque, NM – Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano discusses border security and business with KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel.

 

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KUNM Local
10:25 am
Fri April 1, 2011

ABQ Couple Blogs About Living Without A Car

Albuquerque, NM – Does the increase in gas prices have you eyeing that old bike in the shed thinking it might be a more attractive transportation option? Tis the season to replace tubes and lube gears.

But one Duke City couple have been using their bikes as their main mode of transportation since August of last year. KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel met up with them recently to see why it's going so well.

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KUNM Local
10:58 am
Tue March 29, 2011

UNM Admin Proposes 8% Tuition Hike, Regents Say Keep It to 5%

Albuquerque, NM – The President of the University of New Mexico made his case Monday to UNM Regents arguing an 8% tuition hike is necessary to help fill a $12 million budget shortfall.

At the end of the UNM budget summit meeting, which went on for about 8 hours, The Albuquerque Journal reports Regents told UNM administrators to keep the tuition increase to 5%. That would require an additional $3.5 million in cuts.

 

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KUNM Local
6:50 pm
Mon March 14, 2011

Bingaman: Don't Halt US Nuclear Plants, Yet

Albuquerque, NM – As the situation with Japan's troubled nuclear power plants continues to evolve today after the devastating earthquake there and the violent tsunami that followed, New Mexico US Senator Jeff Bingaman says he's not yet ready to pause plans for new nuclear power plants in the US. The Democrat says it's still unclear what mistakes or failures caused the explosions and release of radioactive materials into the air above Northern Japan.

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KUNM Local
4:25 pm
Mon March 7, 2011

Wilson Will Run for GOP Senate Nomination

Albuquerque, NM – Former Republican Congresswoman Heather Wilson announced Monday, March 7, 2011, she's running for New Mexico's open Senate seat.

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KUNM Local
12:52 pm
Fri March 4, 2011

NM Elections Study Finds Need for Poll Worker Training

Albuquerque, NM – Lonna Atkeson is a Political Science professor and the Director of the Center for Democracy at UNM. She's one of the principle authors of a new report that sheds light on the state's elections system.

NM Elections Report 2010

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KUNM Local
12:54 pm
Tue March 1, 2011

Democratic Proposal Would Delay Climate Rules

Albuquerque, NM – Six Democratic US Senators from places like Ohio and West Virginia have co-sponsored a bill that would delay the Environmental Protection Agency's greenhouse gas regulations by two years.

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KUNM Local
10:15 am
Tue March 1, 2011

Blog: Gov's Small Biz Task Force Stacked with Big Biz Reps

Albuquerque, NM – New information about Governor Susana Martinez's Small Business Task Force was reported recently on the Center for Civic Policy's blog, clearlynewmexico.com. The Center is a non-profit organization that works to increase citizen engagement in policy debates, and Tracy Dingmann, the Center's New Media Director, is bringing her experience as a newspaper reporter to her blogposts. Dingmann spoke with KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel.

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