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.

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KUNM Call In Show 10/13 8a: The 2016 presidential election has been polarizing. Many of the biggest divides are over class, gender and race. We'll talk about how this election is highlighting voter attitudes on these important topics.

Courtesy of 516 ARTS

Ten years ago 516 ARTS opened in downtown Albuquerque and has since become one of the most important contemporary art institutions in New Mexico. Founder and Executive Director Suzanne Sbarge talks about "Decade," the show celebrating the 10th anniversary of 516. 

Also on the show are choreographer Lisa Nevada and artists Jessica Angel and Andrea Polli who are creating installations for the exhibition. 

  University Showcase Fri 09/16 8a: Our guests will be Professor Gordon Rahn, director of the New Mexico Innocence and Justice Project at the University of New Mexico School of Law, as well as Anthony Ray Hinton, who was exonerated in 2015 after 30 years on Alabama's death row, and Jennifer Thompson, whose testimony helped convict Ronald Cotton of rape. He was later exonerated via DNA evidence.

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Leaders Hold Special Meeting After Girl's Death – The Associated Press

City and county officials have called a special meeting to address the brutal slaying of a 10-year-old Albuquerque girl in the hopes of identifying opportunities for the community to better protect children.

Officials say they will be seeking funding for more social workers, and exploring solutions for drug treatment, mental health services and child abuse prevention.

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Workers At New Mexico Plant Practice Handling Nuclear Waste – The Associated Press & The Carlsbad Current-Arugus  

Workers at New Mexico's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant are completing training exercises as they prepare to resume handling nuclear waste.

  When artist Jessamyn Lovell had her identity stolen she became obsessed with the woman who did it - Erin Hart. She hired a private investigator to track Hart and documented the experience, which became the show Dear Erin Hart. That followed previous work she did called No Trespassing where she tracked her father and photographed him as a way to come to terms with their troubled relationship. She spoke about these shows with This American Life.

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KUNM Call In Show 9/1 8a:

New Mexico produces the majority of chile in the U.S. according to the New Mexico Chile Association, and the crop brings millions the state. This fruit has become an integral part of our economy and our culture. Yet the industry faces serious challenges, with declining acreage and labor shortages. via Flickr / CREATIVE COMMONS

KUNM Call In Show 7/28 8a: New Mexico’s economy is struggling, particularly as energy prices remain low. That has brought job losses and shrinking revenues. Our unemployment rate remains one of the highest in the country. What is hampering New Mexico from diversifying its economy? What are the strengths in our communities that we can tap to grow our existing businesses, while helping new companies launch? 

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KUNM Call In Show 6/23 8a: 


The Manhattan Project National Historical Park was formally established last year and plans are underway to create facilities in Los Alamos, Oakridge, Tennessee, and Hanford, Washington. The idea is to tell the stories behind the creation of the first atomic bomb. But critics worry the new park could glorify or gloss over controversial issues, such as using the weapons on Japan, and the impacts on communities from nuclear weapons testing.

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06/18 Megan Kamerick talks with Suzanne Sbarge of 516 ARTS, and curators Suzanne Fricke, Traci Quinn and Suzanna Finley about PhotoSummer, a collaborative initiative of exhibitions, workshops and events promoting contemporary photography in New Mexico. It's organized by 516 ARTS, CENTER of Santa Fe and the University of New Mexico Art Museum.

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KUNM Call In Show 6/2 8a: 

Officials are expecting a high turnout in New Mexico’s primary election June 7th.  Donald Trump has already won enough delegates to secure the Republican nomination for president. Bernie Sanders shows no signs of dropping out even as Hillary Clinton scoops up more delegates for the Democratic party nomination. But there are many state and local races. Republicans are seeking to hold on to the state House of Representatives and possibly take control of the state Senate. 


  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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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

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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.

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.



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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.

  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.

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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.