Gwyneth Doland

Reporter/Call In Show Host

Gwyneth Doland is a correspondent for “New Mexico in Focus” on New Mexico PBS and an adjunct lecturer in the Communication and Journalism Department at UNM.

As the executive director for the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government she ran a hotline helping journalists and others get access to public records and open meetings. As the editor of The New Mexico Independent, a startup online-only news site, she and her team were honored with the 2010 First Amendment Award from ACLU of New Mexico. Her work for two alternative weekly papers, the Santa Fe Reporter and Weekly Alibi also won several awards.

Gwyneth is a former director of the Journalism and Women Symposium and New Mexico in Depth, and serves as the Freedom of Information Committee Chair for the Society of Professional Journalists Rio Grande Chapter. She was named the 2013 Communicator of the Year by the New Mexico Association of Women in Communications.

People, Power And Democracy
6:54 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Consumer Advocates Demand Healthcare Transparency

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Whether they’re shopping for a refrigerator, a laptop or a used car, most people do some comparison shopping before making a big purchase.

But that’s not the way healthcare works in New Mexico, where comparing prices for a hip replacement or asthma treatment is practically impossible. 

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People, Power And Democracy
5:49 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Late-Term Abortion Ban Heard In State House

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New Mexico is one of only a handful of states that don’t restrict late-term abortions. But that could change if a bill moving through the state Legislature is successful.

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KUNM Call In Show
7:56 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Lobbying At The Roundhouse

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KUNM Call In Show 2/19 8a: 

When the New Mexico legislature convenes in Santa Fe, lobbyists flock to the Roundhouse to pitch their clients' issues and legislation. Often those pitches involve free food, drinks and other gifts.

We'll look at the industries that spend the most money to convince lawmakers to support their ideas. We'll also ask how lobbyists affect which bills are passed and which measures stall.

We'd like to hear from you! Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online or call in live during the show. 

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People, Power And Democracy
7:24 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Politics Propels Driver's License Debate

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New Mexico state representatives voted Thursday to repeal a state law that allows people to get New Mexico driver’s licenses even if they’re in the country illegally.  Some observers see this as a political battle in which winning the war isn’t as important as fighting the battle.

Pointing to several examples of fraud, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez asked state lawmakers again this year to stop allowing immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally to get driver’s licenses here.

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People, Power And Democracy
7:27 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

VIDEO: Citizen Lobbyists Learn The Ropes

Citizen lobbyists train with the Rio Grande chapter of the Sierra Club at the Santa Fe Capitol on Wednesday.
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They don’t have big expense accounts or cozy relationships with powerful lawmakers. They don’t even know where the bathroom is. They’re citizen lobbyists, and they got some training at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe Wednesday.

Members of 20 conservation groups converged on the state capitol and a few dozen of them attended a training session held by the Sierra Club.

They were teachers, writers and retired engineers, passionate about ending coyote-killing contests, cleaning up uranium mines and preventing the diversion of the Gila River.

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People, Power And Democracy
6:27 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Lobbyist Disclosure Reforms Shelved

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Skeptical lawmakers rejected a proposal Monday that would have given the public more information about lobbying at the state Legislature.

The bill (HB 155) would have required lobbyists to divulge their salaries, file reports of their estimated and actual lobbying expenses, and list the issues—but not the exact bills—they are working on.

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People, Power And Democracy
6:31 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Legislative Update: Money, Sex And Guns

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Gwyneth Doland chatted with Chris Boros about happenings at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe this week. It's part of our People, Power and Democracy project, a reporting partnership between KUNM, New Mexico In Depth and New Mexico PBS. 

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People, Power And Democracy
7:58 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Payday Loan Cap On Hold Despite Prayers

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Despite the vocal support of a group of religious leaders, a legislative panel decided on a party-line vote Wednesday to set aside two proposals (HB 24 and HB36) that would have limited interest rates on short-term loans.

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People, Power And Democracy
3:40 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Lawmaker Wants To Cap Storefront Lending Rates

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The average person who takes out a short-term loan borrows about $650 and pays about 340 percent interest.  But rates on payday, title and installment loans would be capped at 36 percent if reformers get their way during the 2015 legislative session.

There were 657 small loan companies in New Mexico in 2013, many charging more than 175 percent, according to a report from the state Regulation and Licensing Department.  

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Local News
9:14 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Proposals For Creating Jobs Cost Money, But How Much?

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Creating jobs is one of lawmakers’ top priorities this legislative session and dozens of proposals have already been introduced. Many of them will require the state to spend some money, either by giving up tax revenue or by investing directly.

House Minority Leader Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe, said Wednesday that he wants to create a Small Business Development Fund that would partner with community banks to lend money to in-state firms.

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People, Power And Democracy
4:54 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Lawmakers Push To Shine A Light On Dark Money

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In December the National Institute on Money in State Politics graded all 50 states on how much information they require independent groups to disclose about their donors. New Mexico got an F. In fact, we were one of only four states to score a zero.

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People, Power And Democracy
4:20 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Committee Shakeup In The House

New Mexico’s 60-day legislative session kicked off this week. KUNM’s Gwyneth Doland checked in with New Mexico In Depth’s Sandra Fish on what she’s seen so far.

Doland for KUNM: So Fish, what did you think of your first week at the capitol?

Fish: Well, Gwyneth, I was focused on the House where Republicans took over for the first time in 60 years. And to my knowledge no one around the Roundhouse had anything to compare that to.

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KUNM Call In Show
3:21 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Seeing Inside APD: Albuquerque Police And Public Records

Screenshot from the Albuquerque Police Department video of James Boyd seconds before he was shot by officers on March 16, 2014. Parts of the video went viral and were broadcast on stations across the nation. This screenshot is taken from one of KRQE-TV's online stories.
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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 8/7 8a: This spring New Mexicans, and many people across the U.S., were shocked by a video that showed a homeless camper being shot by police who were trying to bring him out of the Albuquerque foothills. While the video sparked controversy over police tactics it also highlighted the ongoing tension between law enforcement agencies, the media and the public. 

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KUNM Call In Show
5:27 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

What's At The Root Of Today's Border Migrant Crisis?

According to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, the officer in this image rescued a child along the banks of the Rio Grande during an Air and Marine Safe-Boat patrol in South Texas.
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President Obama and Congress are struggling to make progress on immigration reform as a surge of children are arriving at the U.S. border, many on their own, after long journeys from Central America.

This week we'll tackle a discussion of the economic and political causes of this mass migration—and the impacts on New Mexico communities seeing an influx of migrants.

We'd like to hear from you! Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online or via Twitter @KUNMNews, or call in live during the show. 

Host: Gwyneth Doland

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Local News
10:05 am
Wed January 18, 2012

New Mexico State of the State Address

Tuesday was the first day of New Mexico's legislative session, the day the governor gives the annual State of the State address. KUNM's Gwyneth Doland was at the capitol.

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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