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Elaine Baumgartel

News Director

Elaine volunteered to answer phones during a KUNM pledge drive in 2003 and she's been unable to drag herself away from public radio ever since.  And why would she want to?  She wore many sets of headphones at the station before becoming KUNM's News Director - local anchor of NPR's Morning Edition, reporter in the KUNM newsroom, and host and producer of the KUNM Call In Show.  

As a graduate student in the Communication and Journalism MA program at UNM, Elaine completed her thesis project on the West Mesa murders and coverage of violence against women in the media.

In her spare time, Elaine likes to garden and work with ceramics in addition to spending time with her family.  

Ways to Connect

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UCLA Law Professor Laura Gómez grew up in New Mexico and she says it’s critical to know the history of racism against Mexican Americans and Latinos in the Southwest in order to understand today’s anti-immigrant and anti-Latino rhetoric and policies. She'll appear at Bookworks in Albuquerque on Saturday, March 10 at 3:00 p.m. to discuss her book Manifest Destinies: The Making of the Mexican American Race

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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. 

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The Albuquerque Journal’s decision to publish a racist cartoon in its editorial section on Wednesday, Feb. 7, drew a lot of criticism locally and across the country. Statements from the paper’s editors afterward didn’t do much to quell the outrage.

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The Albuquerque Journal is facing a backlash after publishing a racist editorial cartoon on Wednesday, Feb. 8.

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Let's Talk New Mexico 2/1 8a. Call 277-5866. Division over immigration policy shut down the federal government for three days. And in his State of the Union address this week, President Trump compared immigrants to criminal gangs and terrorists and again called for an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws. We’ll look closely at issues of race and Latino and Hispanic identity in New Mexico and how they inform policy and political rhetoric on immigration at the local and national levels.

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Hundreds of people protested in downtown Santa Fe Friday, Sept. 8, calling for an end to a controversial Fiestas event called La Entrada. It's a re-enactment of Diego de Vargas' reconquest of the city after the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. 

Native American activists and their allies see it as a celebration of genocide and have protested the event repeatedly over the years. This year marks the third in a row.

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In downtown Santa Fe Friday Sept. 8, protesters will gather to call for an end to the annual re-enactment of the reconquest of the city by Spanish conquistador Diego de Vargas after the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. La Entrada is one of the events at Santa Fe’s annual Fiestas celebrations. 

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Native American activists and their allies are planning a third straight year of protests during Santa Fe’s annual

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A 2016 federal sting operation in Albuquerque that targeted largely communities of color is raising more questions about the tactics officers used and how effective they were.  

Jeff Proctor broke the ATF sting story for New Mexico In Depth and the Santa Fe Reporter. He spoke with KUNM’s Elaine Baumgartel about what he learned when he followed up with Jennifer Padilla, one of the women who was arrested in the sting.

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Let's Talk New Mexico 8/24 8a: Many people across the country have their eyes on the fate of confederate monuments but what about the fate of our monuments to Spanish conquistadors? Santa Fe's fiestas and the re-enactment of Diego de Vargas' retaking of the city? The University of New Mexico's official seal? Or equestrian statues and buildings named after the brutal Juan de Oñate? 

Livestream Tuesday 8/15 6p: New Mexico PBS, New Mexico in Focus (NMiF) and the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of New Mexico co-host an Albuquerque Mayoral Candidate Forum. Watch the livestream here on KUNM.org.

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The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has been criticized in recent years for running undercover sting operations that lead to disproportionate arrests of people of color. Last year in Albuquerque, the same ATF team picked up a hugely disproportionate number of African American people in an undercover sting operation.

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  The YWCA is hosting its 1oth Annual Stand Against Racism community discussion in Albuquerque tonight. This year features a panel of women leaders of color who do work around race and racism.

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Communities held marches across the nation over the weekend in support of science and scientific research.

Laura Paskus is the environment reporter for NMPoliticalReport. She covered march planning and the Las Cruces march and spoke with KUNM’s Elaine Baumgartel.

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The KUNM News Department will accept four awards Friday June 2 from the New Mexico Broadcasters Association. Congratulations to all of the other winners and thanks to all of our listeners and supporters. 

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