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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

Lisa Phillips, BLM Las Cruces District Rangeland Management Specialist via Wikimedia / Bureau of Land Management

KUNM Call In Show 6/29 8a: Call 1-877-899-5866. President Donald Trump has called for a review of more than two dozen national monuments that were designated under the American Antiquities Act of 1906. That includes the Rio Grande del Norte Monument near Taos and the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Monument near Las Cruces. Advocates say the sites need protection and have boosted tourism in rural areas. Ranchers and others worry about more federal limits on land use.

Media outlets have pointed out several examples this week of prominent women being interrupted and talked over by male colleagues. Megan Kamerick talks with Michele Weldon, editorial director of Take The Lead, about her article "Don't Shhhh Me!

In this episode we speak with Claudia Isaac. She’s an associate professor in the school of architecture and planning at the University of New Mexico. She received the 2nd Annual Community Engaged Research Lectureship Award from the Office of Vice President for Research. Her work has focused on community engaged scholarship & practice in the areas of affordable housing, neighborhood planning and land use, community economic development, and metropolitan redevelopment.

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5 Fatally Shot In Northern New Mexico; Gunman ArrestedThe Associated Press & The Santa Fe New Mexican

Authorities have arrested a man who they say fatally shot five people in New Mexico on Thursday.

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LISTEN: May is Mental Health Awareness Month. In 2014 voters in Bernalillo County voted in favor of a tax for increased mental health services. This came after the shooting by police of James Boyd, a homeless man who had schizophrenia, as well as other shootings by police of people who struggled with mental illness. The tax went into effect in 2015 and is providing up to $20 million annually for new programs through the Bernalillo County Behavioral Health Initiative.

Author Kate Moore will speak on Monday May 15 at 7 p.m. at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History in Albuquerque about her book “Radium Girls: The Dark Story Of America’s Shining Women.” It tells the story of the women employed to paint watches and clocks with radium-based paint, starting in World War I. At the time radium was considered a miracle element that many touted would improve health. These women became the first proof of just how deadly radium was.

Courtesy Project ECHO

In many parts of the world, including rural New Mexico, it's difficult for patients to access specialists in health care. But instead of moving more providers to those areas, what if doctors and other health professionals who already work in those communities could gain the knowledge and expertise they need to help their patients? That's the idea behind Project Extension for Community Healthcare Outcome, or Project ECHO. It launched in 2003 at the University of New Mexico to respond to the growing Hepatitis C crisis around New Mexico.

Every day in this country students come to school without a way to pay for lunch. Right now it's up to the school to decide what happens next.

Since new legislation out of New Mexico on so-called lunch shaming made headlines, we've heard a lot about how schools react.

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US Prosecutors Are Geared To Target Border CrossersAssociated Press

Through Republican and Democratic presidential administrations, the top federal prosecutor on California's border with Mexico has resisted going after people caught entering the United States illegally on their first try and instead targeted smugglers and serial offenders.

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The Russian punk band and art collective Pussy Riot brought their Revolution tour to Albuquerque in March. One of their original members stopped by the studios at New Mexico PBS to talk about the group’s work opposing war and oppression.

Moisés Gonzáles

We often associate slavery with the American South. But it was actually common in many places in our history, including New Mexico. Native Americans who were captives and raised in Hispanic families became known as Genizaros. They assimilated into New Mexico society and after being freed they were also given land grants in places like Abiqui, Belen and Carnuel on the frontier between Spanish settlements and Native tribes.

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New Mexico Ethics Commission Proposal Clears SenateThe Associated Press

New Mexico voters could be asked next year to create an independent political ethics commission in the wake of a recent string of corruption scandals.

The state Senate voted 30-9 Thursday in favor of a proposed constitutional amendment that calls for creating a seven-member body to investigate and sanction ethics violations. The House must sign off on Senate revisions before the amendment goes to a statewide ballot initiative in November 2018.

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APD Investigator Says Officer Violated Hawkes’ Rights – Albuquerque Journal

A police sergeant investigating the 2014 shooting death of Mary Hawkes said her constitutional rights were violated and officers mishandled evidence.

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New Mexico Senate Backs Veto Override On Teacher Sick LeaveThe Associated Press

The New Mexico Senate has voted to override a veto by New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez of a bill that would have allowed teachers to take more than three days of annual sick leave without being penalized on performance evaluations.

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New Mexico Tops Latest Unemployment ListThe Associated Press

The latest figures from state and federal labor officials show New Mexico has the nation's highest unemployment rate at 6.7 percent.

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Mail Theft Concerns Prompt Hiring Of More Postal Inspectors – The Associated Press

With New Mexico's largest metropolitan area being plagued by mail thefts, the U.S. Postal Service has agreed to add two more postal inspectors in the Albuquerque office.

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New Mexico Tells School Kids: No Lunch Money, No ProblemThe Associated Press

A bill to ensure that New Mexico children are served school meals even if their parents do not pay on time has been approved by the state Senate.

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Sandoval County Settles Jail Suicide Suit For $1.8 Million – The Associated Press & KOB

Sandoval County has agreed to pay $1.8 million to settle a lawsuit stemming from a jail inmate who killed herself after leaving her isolation cell.

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Albuquerque Police Press Ahead With Mandated ReformsThe Associated Press

Efforts are moving forward to reform the police force in New Mexico's largest city as part of a settlement over use of excessive force.

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Solitary Confinement Suits Cost New Mexico Counties MillionsThe Associated Press/CJ Project

New Mexico lawmakers are weighing whether the state will join a small but growing list of states that have placed limits on solitary confinement.

Will the election of Donald Trump, who once boasted of grabbing women by the genitalia and has a history of sexist remarks, create a wave of female candidates at all levels of government in the coming years?

Early signs from the groups that work with women considering a bid for office suggest a level of intense interest not seen in at least a quarter century.

Kate Noble had never considered getting involved in politics until she woke up the day after Trump's surprise victory over Hillary Clinton.

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Santa Fe City Council To Vote On Immigrant ResolutionThe Associated Press

The Santa Fe City Council is scheduled to vote on a resolution that would affirm the city's immigrant-friendly policies without using the word "sanctuary."

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New Mexico Senate Endorses Popular-Vote System For PresidentAssociated Press

New Mexico would join a movement to elect U.S. presidents by popular vote under a bill approved by the state Senate.

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New Mexico Bill Would Ban Drones Near Power Plants, AirportsThe Associated Press

A New Mexico lawmaker has proposed banning drones from flying within 500 feet of power plants, refineries and other such critical-infrastructure facilities.

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In 2011, the city of Albuquerque launched its Heading Home initiative. It was a shift in tackling homelessness because it focuses on getting people in housing first, and then provides services to help them become more stable. The program has targeted the most vulnerable people experiencing chronic homelessness who have health issues, including behavioral health challenges. Since its launch it has housed more than 600 people.

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Feds Propose Wolf Releases In Southwestern New Mexico By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

Federal officials want to release two packs of Mexican gray wolves in wilderness areas near the Arizona-New Mexico border this year in an effort to bolster a struggling population threatened by inbreeding.

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New Mexico Democrats Rally Around Tax Plan To Fix Budget GapThe Associated Press 

Democrats in the New Mexico House of Representatives are rallying around a package of tax and revenue measures designed to shore up state finances and stave off spending cuts to education and Medicaid health care.

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New Mexico Receives Bleak Revenue Forecast The Associated Press

A top budget negotiator in the New Mexico House of Representatives says a dire revenue forecast for the coming fiscal year remains unchanged after a review by state economists.

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Medical Marijuana Reforms Clear New Mexico Senate – Associated Press

The New Mexico state Senate has approved revisions to the state's medical marijuana program to cover new medical conditions and eventually raise the cap on production to satisfy demand.

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Board Gives Nuclear-Weapon Lab Failing Grade On Safety StepsAssociated Press

An annual safety assessment gave Los Alamos National Laboratory a failing grade for steps it takes to prevent accidents in developing nuclear weapons.

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