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

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?


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.


Em Hall, UNM School of Law

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 .

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

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.


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.




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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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.

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.


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.


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.

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.


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

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

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.

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.

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


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.

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


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.


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.

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.


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

Barney Fuller - math teacher, Eisenhower Middle School

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


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.

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.


Albuquerque, NM – Supporters of the state women's commission are asking questions about why New Mexico's first elected female Governor Susana Martinez seems determined to get rid of it.

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.

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

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

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.