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Racism In The News

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Let's Talk New Mexico 2/15 8a. Call 277-5866 - Diversity has increasingly become a buzz word for businesses and industries in recent years and that includes the journalism industry, as newsrooms struggle to better represent the communities they serve. Here in New Mexico, the recent publication of a racist cartoon by the state's largest newspaper sparked a firestorm of criticism. We'll discuss racism in the news and diversity in newsrooms. 

Do you see yourself and the people you know reflected in your local news? Are the issues facing your family, your neighborhood, your community covered with integrity and accuracy in your newspaper or on your TV or radio? We'd like to hear from you. Email letstalk@kunm.org, Tweet using the hashtag #LetsTalkNM or call in live during the show.


  • Andrea Quijada, visual communication scholar and PhD student, Art History, UNM; formerly with the New Mexico Media Literacy Project
  • Kateri Zuni, radio producer and youth coordinator with Generation Justice; UNM law school student
  • Michele Salcedo, editor, former president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists


Elaine Baumgartel was KUNM's News Director from 2013 to 2019. She was local Morning Edition host from 2007 through 2012 and she regularly hosted the station's live news and public affairs show for some years. Elaine originally came on board at KUNM as a volunteer and student employee in 2003.
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