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Kaveh Mowahed

Reporter, News Host

Kaveh Mowahed has filled several roles in KUNM’s news department over the years while working toward a PhD in the History of Medicine at UNM. He started as an intern in 2013 and has been a reporter, producer, host, and data analyst with us since then. Kaveh studied print journalism at Arizona State University, but soon after earning a bachelor’s degree he found his love for radio. Kaveh thinks hearing is the most valuable of the senses because of how it engages the imagination. When he’s not reporting or editing audio for the radio, he loves being home listening to records or romping around the mountains on a bicycle or snowboard.

  • A bill that would increase the property tax cap for housing that’s not a primary residence, such as vacation rentals and second homes, passed its first New Mexico House committee Thursday.
  • Today we’ll take our first dive into education in this legislative session - and it’s a doozy. But we don’t shy away from controversy on #YNMG; we dig into it. School boards around the country have been among the new cultural battlegrounds where parents with differing political views fight for their respective moral values. Sometimes it gets ugly. Along with new ideas of trying to respect more perspectives in school curriculum has come the backlash over the perception of critical race theory sneaking in and harming our kids.
  • This is the introduction to the latest from the "Your New Mexico Government" podcast. Over the next four weeks we’ll check in with journalists, lawmakers, and other stakeholders about what’s going on in our state capital during the 2022 legislative session and we invite you to join us.
  • The New Mexico legislature gets together en masse once a year, for 30 days in even-numbered years. With such a limited time to meet, their primary duty is to create a budget for next fiscal year. However, the governor has added to the legislative agenda, and among her priorities are making the state a future hub for hydrogen energy, creating a “Media Academy” in our higher education landscape, investments in public education and rural healthcare, and a push to become carbon neutral by 2050.Which priorities would you suggest lawmakers put the most energy behind?
  • UNM this week told students and employees at all campuses to up their mask game for the start of the Spring semester because of spiking infection numbers and the spread of the highly contagious omicron variant of COVID-19. The two-ply cloth masks that had become the norm are proving insufficient to protect from omicron.
  • After reviewing eviction diversion programs from other states like Illinois and Florida, the New Mexico Supreme Court last week announced its own, soon bringing an end to the state’s moratorium on evictions after 2 years. The state will transition to the new Eviction Prevention and Diversion Program – first with a pilot program in Eastern New Mexico starting February 1st, then the rest of the state will follow in March. Maria Griego from the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty told KUNM how it will work.
  • The district attorney in Bernalillo County earlier this month sued the district court for ankle monitor location data from defendants who are free on monitored pretrial release. DA Raul Torrez said he thinks the data may place suspected violent criminals at several recent murder and burglary scenes, if the court would just agree to hand it over.
  • After a years-long organizing effort, graduate students at the University of New Mexico have scored a big victory. The New Mexico Public Employee Labor Relations Board certified a card count last week showing a majority of the school’s 1,547 graduate workers favor collective bargaining.
  • Graduate Students do a large portion of the teaching and related work at the University of New Mexico. Reporter Austin Fisher, with Source New Mexico, told KUNM that UNM’s 1,500 graduate assistants work with as many as 15,000 undergrads each semester, assisting professors, running labs, and even teaching the same courses full-time instructors teach.
  • Let’s Talk New Mexico 12/9 8am: New Mexico relies heavily on government for employment, but like other sectors the state and cities are having trouble with staffing. We’ll ask state and local policy makers and researchers what we can do to compete while other Southwestern cities and states seem to be doing better. Is government work on your radar or have you run into difficulties because you couldn't get the help you needed because of an understaffed government?