Megan Kamerick

Morning Edition Host

Megan has been a journalist for 22 years and worked at business weeklies in San Antonio, New Orleans and Albuquerque. She first came to KUNM as a phone volunteer on the pledge drive in 2005. That led to volunteering on Women’s Focus and Weekend Edition, the Global Music Show - and her job as Morning Edition Host - fulfilling a long-held wish to learn radio.

In 2012, she moved into television with New Mexico PBS where she produced “Public Square” and “New Mexico in Focus.” Megan has produced stories for National Public Radio, Latino USA and Marketplace. She’s passionate about getting women’s voices into media and is the former president of the Journalism & Women Symposium. Her TED talk on women and media has more than 272,000 views. She’s the vice president of communications for the Society of Professional Journalists’ Rio Grande Chapter. In the spare time she manages to scrape together she goes hiking with her husband and dog, seeks out cool cultural happenings, goes to movies and travels.

Ways to Connect

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  Megan Kamerick talks with Suzanne Sbarge and Theresa Buscemi of 516 ARTS about the Fulcrum Fund, which will make grants for the development and presentation of artist-led projects and programs. This is the first year of the program and the deadline to apply is June 15, 2016.

  Felicia Day is a professional actress and Internet pioneer/entrepreneur who created one of the first web series on YouTube, "The Guild." In this interview, she talks with Megan Kamerick about her memoir "You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)." Day will be at UNM on April 29. Find out more about her appearance and buy tickets at Bookworks.

 

New Mexico offers stunning ski slopes, high desert vistas and cultural sites, all sights you'll see in the state's tourism campaign called "New Mexico True."

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KUNM Call In Show 3/24 8a: 

  

New Mexico's creative sector employs thousands of people and generates tens of millions of dollars for state and local governments. We'll talk to people who are working to leverage this dynamic sector to boost our economy and we'd like to hear from you! 

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  March 19, 2016: Survey shows equal pay women's top concern in election; First all=female crew on Royal Brunei Airlines flies to Saudi Arabia; Chicago bans tampon sales tax; Microsoft regrets using dancers in erotic schoolgirl outfits at gaming conference; Nigerian lawmakers vote down women's equality bill; Jezebel examines wage disparities on presidential campaign staffs; Report estimates 100,000 women have attempted self-terminations after law shutters numerous abortion clinics; UN panel on women's economic empowerment launches; Irish politicians promise to revoke article in constitution

Albuquerque Transit

Plans to create a new bus rapid transit system along historic Route 66 are generating intense controversy in Albuquerque.

Supporters say it will bring economic development, more walkable streets and make it easier for residents across the river to access jobs. Business owners fear construction and increased congestion will mean fewer customers.

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  February 13, 2016: Report finds 200 million in 30 countries have undergone female genital mutilation; Yazidi women freed form sexual slavery join Peshmerga forces to liberate Mosul; Carly Fiorina drops out of presidential race; Hillary Clinton debates Bernie Sanders and older feminists criticize young women for supporting Sanders; Fairy Godboss offers anonymous rankings on companies' family friendly policies; two women U.S.

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Lawmakers Calls For Freeze On State HiringAlbuquerque Journal

An influential lawmaker is calling for a freeze on hiring state workers and a ban on nonessential travel as New Mexico faces ongoing budget struggles.

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The city of Albuquerque received word Tuesday that it got the OK on federal support to build a bus rapid transit system.

 

The Albuquerque Rapid Transit project would create dedicated bus lanes in the middle of Central Avenue. It's expected to cost the city nearly $120 million dollars with – about $70 million coming from the Federal Transit Administration according to President Obama’s budget.

 

Numerous businesses along Central fear prolonged construction and congestion that could deter customers.

 

 

Albuquerque Transit

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 2/11 8a: The city of Albuquerque was approved for a federal grant to build a rapid transit bus system down Central Avenue. The city would also borrow $13 million to fund the project. The design would create a center lane along the corridor for buses running every 7 to 8 minutes.

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  January 9, 2016  Study links pay gap to higher depression and anxiety rates in women; Japan apologizes and offers funds for former "comfort women"; Push for first female secretary general at United Nations; Cologne investigates mass assaults on New Year's Eve; Project highlights voices of Peruvian women forcibly sterilized; China passes domestic violence law; DiBlasio signs paid leave bill in NYC; Exempting tampons from sales tax; New Mexico teen birth rate declines

"Pin Up: The Movie" explores the growing subculture of the modern pin up girl and the women who inspire her. In this interview, Megan Kamerick talks with filmmaker Kathleen Ryan and pin up girl Linh Sellars, aka Delicious Ruckus, about how women are using pin up culture to explore their own power and identity. It's showing on January 10 at 2 p.m. at Aux Dog Theatre at 3011 Monte Vista Dr. NE as part of Albuquerque Comic Con.

Creative Startups

  The creative industry sector in New Mexico is a huge part of New Mexico's economy, employing even more people than construction and manufacturing combined. That's according to a 2014 study by the Bureau of Business and Economic Research.

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  Martha Burk talks with Megan Kamerick about the city of Albuquerque's pay equity ordinance. It's one of the only such efforts at a municipal level in the country and it's drawing interest from numerous other cities. The ordinance gives companies a 5 percent preference in bids for city contracts if they can demonstrate they have no more than a 10 percent gap in pay between men and women. 

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  Susan Loubet talks with Dani McClain, contributing writer and fellow at the Nation Institute, where she focuses on race and reproductive justice. Her article "Long-Acting Contraception Makes Teen Pregnancy Rates Plummet. So Why Are Some Women Still Skeptical?" appeared in the October 28, 2015 issue of The Nation.

New Mexico PBS

Megan Kamerick spoke with Holly Holm in April 2014 about her career in boxing then in mixed martial arts. Holm caused a major upset on November 14 when she knocked out Ronda Rousey in the second round with a kick to the head to take the UFC bantam weight championship.

You can see the whole interview from New Mexico in Focus online here.

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  Albuquerque city officials announced Monday that 19 companies have met new standards on equal pay for women.

The new city ordinance established a 5 percent preference for businesses bidding for city contracts if they can prove they pay women within 10 percent of what they pay men. The idea appears to be catching on - officials in San Francisco, New York City, and Phoenix, have contacted Albuquerque about creating a similar law.

Mayor Richard Berry says businesses want to do the right thing, but sometimes they just need an incentive.

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Megan Feldman Bettancourt is a journalist who is originally from New Mexico, and is now based in Denver. She became intrigued by the story of Azim Khamisa, who's son was murdered and who decided to work with the grandfather of his son's killer to spread the idea of forgiveness.

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Officials To Update Public On Cleanup Of Jet Fuel Spill Associated Press

Kirtland Air Force Base and state environment officials will be updating the public on the cleanup of a massive plume of jet fuel at the edge of Albuquerque.

A public meeting is scheduled Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the African-American Performing Arts Center, 310 San Pedro NE.

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New Mexico Stalled At 49th In Annual Kids Count RankingAssociated Press 

The number of children living in poverty in New Mexico is on the rise, and advocates say that doesn't bode well for the state.

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This weekend the world comes to New Mexico, as more than 150 artists kick off the 12th annual Santa Fe International Folk Art Market. For many artists from the developing world, the market has become a lifeline. 

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The 12th annual Santa Fe International Folk Art Market takes place this weekend. More than 150 artists from around the world will be there - many of them will make the bulk of their income for the year at the market. Many artists also get intensive training and connections to international buyers to help them gain economic independence. 

Folk Art Alliance

More than 150 artists from around the world will gather this weekend at the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market. It has generated more than $20 million dollars in sales since it launched 12 years ago - and most of that money goes home with the artists. Those funds often support entire communities and help build schools, health clinics and homes. The money also helps revive ancient crafts in that are in danger of dying out.

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The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market has generated more than $20 million in sales since it began 12 years ago. Most of that money goes home with the artists and supports entire communities. In some cases, shared prosperity also helps heal the effects of trauma.

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Megan Kamerick talks with filmmaker Carol Bash about her new documentary  "Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band."

Mary Lou Williams was one of the great innovators in jazz. She was a pianist and composer who shaped this music and mentored many of its greatest artists. And like jazz, she improvised, adapting with each passing decade. But there are still many people who don't know anything about her. Filmmaker Carol Bash traces the arc of her life and music  in the documentary, which will air on KNME Channel 5 on Friday June 26 at 10 p.m.

  May 16, 2015  Austin city staff seek help in dealing with women; Russian official defends older men marrying teen girls; Human Rights Watch calls for end to virginity tests on female recruits to Indonesian military; African female musicians record  for "Poverty Is Sexist" campaign; More than 100 women raped in DRC; Women's Court convenes in Sarajevo; Harriet Tubman wins online poll to put a woman on $20 bill; Men's rights groups upset over "Mad Max" film's feminist message; Women's wages lag around the world; Pittsburgh pop-up store charges women less due to wage gap; Albuquerque City Cou

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  April 11, 2015 Hillary Clinton to announce presidential campaign run; Beijing to prosecute feminist protestors; Iran to allow women to attend sporting events; France to impose fines and jail for excessively thing models; WHO seeks to limit Caesarean sections; Rolling Stone retracts gang rape story; Pakistani woman starts rickshaw service for women; Equal Pay Day; NFL names first female coach; group names finalists for women on $20 bill;  women in New Mexico lag in employment and earnings.

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04/11/15 Journalist Beth Baker explores how people are devising innovating ways to live as they approach retirement in her book “With A Little Help From Our Friends: Creating Community As We Grow Older." Megan Kamerick talks wtih Baker about how people are exploring options that ensure they are surrounded by a circle of friends, family, and neighbors.

And Megan also talks with some New Mexicans about similar projects that can help people avoid the detrimental effects of aging in isolation.

 

 

 

 

NMPBS

Tonight’s episode of Public Square on NMPBS at 7p looks at the benefits of linking schools with the communities they serve. Panelists include Highland High School Principal Marco Harris and Community Engagement Coordinator Janyce Cardenas from Wilson Middle School. In this segment of the discussion, hosted by Megan Kamerick, panelists describe how community schools provide needed support and services to students and their families. 

New Mexico Land Commissioner Puts The Brakes On SunZia – Associated Press

New Mexico Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn has put the brakes on a $2 billion transmission project that would carry electricity generated by renewable resources in New Mexico and Arizona to markets across the West.

Dunn announced late Wednesday that he was issuing a 60-day suspension after meeting with the developers. He says that will give his office time to review the project before any further development affects state trust lands.

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