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
6:42 pm
Fri April 2, 2010

Grandmother wants military recruiters out of APS

Albuquerque, NM – Mitzi Kraft says she got involved because of the impacts war had on her family. Her father was a pilot during World War II and flew in the bombing raids over Dresden Germany. He committed suicide 50 years ago on Good Friday.

Kraft's grandson did a tour in Iraq and is now having a hard time adjusting to civilian life and suffering from PTSD. He joined a JROTC program when he was a freshman in high school and Kraft says she never thought his participation would eventually lead to his enlistment in the military.

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KUNM Local
4:46 pm
Thu April 1, 2010

New Mexico Independent - 04/01/10

Albuquerque, NM – Every Thursday we hear from reporters and editors at the New Mexico Independent.

KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel spoke with senior reporter Trip Jennings about this week's top stories.

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KUNM Local
7:53 pm
Wed March 31, 2010

APS miscalculated money needed for employee benefits

Albuquerque, NM – The Albuquerque Journal reports APS officials failed to include $20 million of employee salaries and benefits in the district's budget over the past two years.

State funding for APS was also reduced and Superintendent Winston Brooks announced last week the district will have to cut $43 million to fill these gaps. That could mean layoffs for over 700 teachers, educational assistants and administrators.

Brooks says the process that led to the miscalculation has been fixed.

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KUNM Local
7:38 pm
Mon March 29, 2010

UNM student organizations fight to keep funding

Albuquerque, NM – Several University of New Mexico student organizations met today to protest budget cuts that would eliminate three community service groups and withhold funding for a new Queer Resource Center. UNM Administrators last week denied a recommendation by student leaders for a 10 dollar-a-year student fee increase to fund the groups and the center.

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KUNM Local
7:34 pm
Mon March 29, 2010

Report: LANL may have contaminated nearby lands, warrants federal investigation

Albuquerque, NM – The Albuquerque Journal reports the investigation will determine if tribal, forest service, and national monument lands should receive damages from LANL to clean up the contamination.

New Mexico Environment Secretary Ron Curry says LANL must be held accountable for its activities in the state. He says the public will have an opportunity to comment.

According to the report, existing air, soil, surface water and groundwater contamination will be analyzed to see if levels justify damages under federal law.

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KUNM Local
2:47 pm
Mon March 22, 2010

U.S. Sen. Bingaman (D-NM): Health care reconciliation bill will likely pass senate

Albuquerque, NM – New Mexico U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman says he is confident this reconciliation bill will pass, even if some Senators opposed to the health care legislation offer amendments.

BINGAMAN: "Those who are offering amendments will be doing so with full knowledge that their amendments are unlikely to prevail they may wish to make some kind of a statement... or cause their colleagues to cast an uncomfortable vote."

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KUNM Local
5:44 pm
Mon March 15, 2010

Colon secures top lt. governor position

Tesuque, NM – At the Democratic state convention this weekend, former state Democratic party chairman Brian Colon won the top spot on the primary ballot for Lt. Governor. With over 34% of convention votes, Colon established a significant lead over Lawrence Rael, former director of the Mid-Region Council of Governments, who trailed with 22%.

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KUNM Local
5:07 pm
Thu March 11, 2010

Santa Fe city council postpones telecommunications ordinance

Santa Fe, NM – The Santa Fe City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to delay a proposed telecommunications ordinance. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports Councilor Patti Bushee said the ordinance has been significantly changed and should be considered in a new public hearing.

Some opponents of the ordinance are concerned about possible health impacts from increased wireless technology and say the ordinance does not provide enough regulation of the telecommunications industry.

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KUNM Local
5:06 pm
Wed March 10, 2010

Suspect in murder of UNM professor and grad student had history of stalking

Albuquerque, NM – The suspect in the murders of a University of New Mexico English professor and a Bernalillo High School teacher had a history of stalking his ex-girlfriends according to the Albuquerque Journal.

Police say Ralph Montoya shot Hector Torres and Stefania Grey, who was his ex-girlfriend, on Sunday. Grey had filed for a restraining order against Montoya after an incident in January when Montoya allegedly attacked her at Torres' house.

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KUNM Local
3:06 pm
Wed February 17, 2010

Interview: Professor Sonia Gipson-Rankin on Black History Month

Albuquerque, NM – Communities across the country and New Mexico are celebrating the history, culture, and contributions of African Americans during the month of February, Black history month.

KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel recently spoke with Professor Sonia Gipson-Rankin, Associate Director of the Africana Studies Program at the University of New Mexico about the meaning and purpose of Black History Month. She says it's about more than just a segment that is taught in schools.

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KUNM Local
5:42 pm
Fri January 22, 2010

Tax Increases? What do New Mexicans Say? Part 3

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Albuquerque, NM – In the final installment of our three-part series, KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel speaks with new Mexicans about tax increase proposals making their way through the state legislature.

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KUNM Local
5:38 pm
Wed January 20, 2010

Raise Taxes? What Do New Mexicans Think? Part 2

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Albuquerque, NM – In the second part of our series, KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel speaks to New Mexicans about a proposal to reinstate the food tax.

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KUNM Local
5:35 pm
Tue January 19, 2010

Tax Increases? What Do New Mexicans Say?

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Albuquerque, NM – In the first of a three-part series, KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel speaks with New Mexicans about proposals to increase taxes in order to fill the state budget deficit.

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KUNM Local
4:17 pm
Wed December 23, 2009

Health Care Bill Close to Passing in the Senate

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Health Care Bill Close to Passing in the Senate

Albuquerque, NM – Elaine Baumgartel spoke with New Mexico U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman about the mood on Capitol Hill and some of the details of the bill. Bingaman says passage in the Senate is pretty much a done deal...

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KUNM Local
6:14 pm
Fri December 4, 2009

10th Annual Santa Fe Film Festival Gears Up

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Santa Fe Film Festival

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Santa Fe, NM – The 10th Annual Santa Fe Film Festival is underway this week in Santa Fe.

Operations Director Karen RedHawk Dallett says the economic downturn created unexpected challenges for the festival. She says organizers had to be particularly creative with limited resources.

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KUNM Local
3:27 pm
Fri November 20, 2009

New Mexico Business Weekly Update

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Every Friday we hear from writers at the New Mexico Business weekly. This week KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel spoke with reporter Dennis Domrzalski about the week's business news.

KUNM Local
3:19 pm
Thu November 19, 2009

New Mexico Independent

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Each week we hear from writers at the online New Mexico Independent about this week's headlines. KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel spoke with senior writer Trip Jennings about aid for states in the House health care bill and the possibility of a deposition for Governor Richardson about a bond default at the state housing authority.

KUNM Local
4:30 pm
Thu November 5, 2009

Latinas Meet to Discuss Health Care

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Latinas from across the country met today in Albuquerque at a town hall meeting to discuss the health care issues that affect them.

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KUNM Local
3:02 pm
Tue November 3, 2009

Small Business Owner Goes to D.C. to Advocate for Healthcare Overhaul

Several small business owners from New Mexico are in Washington D.C. today along with over one hundred more from around the country. They've made the trip to show their support for health care overhaul legislation now under consideration in Congress.

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KUNM Local
2:02 pm
Fri October 16, 2009

Income Tax Data Unavailable

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When state lawmakers convene for a special session tomorrow in Santa Fe, they'll face the daunting task of dealing with a $650 million budget deficit. Many advocates are saying tax cuts for the wealthy should be repealed.

KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel wanted to find out how much the 2003 tax cuts actually cost the state and exactly which taxpayers have benefited the most.

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KUNM Local
4:19 pm
Fri September 25, 2009

State Miscalculates Graduation Rates

The state miscalculated high school graduation rates that were released last month.

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