Megan Kamerick

News Director

Megan has been a journalist for 25 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, Weekend Edition and the Global Music Show. She was then hired as Morning Edition host in 2015, then the All Things Considered host in 2018. Megan was hired as News Director in 2021.

Prior to radio, Megan spent many years in print and online journalism and she moved into television with New Mexico PBS in 2012 where she produced “Public Square” and “New Mexico in Focus.” Megan also produced two podcasts with NMPBS, New Mexico Women and the Vote and Growing Forward: Cannabis and New Mexico, which she co-hosts with Andy Lyman of New Mexico Political Report and which is in its third season. Megan has produced stories for National Public Radio, Latino USA, Capital & Main 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 350,000 views. She’s the treasurer for the Society of Professional Journalists’ Rio Grande Chapter. In the spare time she manages to scrape together she goes hiking with her husband, seeks out cool cultural happenings, goes to movies and travels.

Ways to Connect

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University Showcase, Friday 01/17 8a: First responders undergo enormous stress on their jobs. They run into burning buildings, pull people from mangled cars, respond to mass shootings, help people overdosing on drugs and treat patients in emergency rooms. Many struggle at times with depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and thoughts of suicide.

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We are awash in data and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by it or even ignore it, but Andrea Polli’s work strives to make that data visually compelling and even beautiful. 

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Women's Focus Sat. 11/23 Noon:  When Peggy Langenwalter, Trish Comer and Jennifer Cox-Horak joined the ranks of 11 million widows in the U.S., they realized the lessons they learned from supporting one another and sharing their stories could help other women, and those who want to support people who have lost partners. So together they wrote “Wonder Widows: Three Grieving Widows Coming Together To Empower Women To Break The Silence of Widowhood.”

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University Showcase 11/22 Friday 8a: Professor Harry Van Buren was looking for a new adventure when he took a two-year leave from the Anderson School of Management to teach at American University of Beirut. He got more than he bargained for when massive protests broke out six weeks into his arrival.

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Women's Focus 11/9 12p: In this edition of the Women's Focus news: Women in Lebanon join protests to call for rights; Zimbabwe church officials  launch campaign to end sexual and gender violence; Lawsuit challenges Oklahoma abortion laws; Oklahoma woman freed from jail after spendings years longer in prison than boyfriend for not reporting abuse; Placido Domingo won't perform at Tokyo Olympics event; Women in Japan take to Twitter after some told not to wear glasses at work; French woman says she was raped by Roman Polanski when she was 18; New study finds majority of Americans see women as

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Women's Focus, 11/9, Sat 12pm: The third annual South Valley Studio Tour takes place November 10 in Albuquerque's South Valley. It's an opportunity to see  20 artists in their studios and experience the beautiful and often little-known parts of this culturally rich part of Albuquerque.

  Women's Focus 10/19 12p: "Art of the Song" co-founder Vivian Nesbitt is bringing a one-woman musical show "Mother Jones In Heaven" to Albuquerque and Santa Fe. The show was written by activist, organizer and songwriter Si Kahn and includes 12 original songs.

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University Showcase 10/18 Fri 8a: New Mexico leads the nation in alcohol-related mortality and around the world alcohol use disorder is a leading cause of preventable death. On this episode, Regents’ Professor Katie Witkiewitz talks about new trends in research and treatment of alcohol use disorder.

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University Showcase 9/20, 8a: In 2009, Professor Patricia L. Crown uncovered the first evidence of chocolate consumption in North America in jars from Chaco Culture National Historic Park in Northwest NM. On this episode, we discuss what this discovery reveals about Chaco rituals and civilization, including the extent of trading networks across the Southwest and MesoAmerica.

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Women's Focus: 9/14 Sat Noon: A daylong symposium on Sept. 14 at the Albuquerque Museum explores how women have shaped the field of printmaking with an intergenerational roster of printers, curators, artists, and publishers. 

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Women's Focus 8/24 Noon: We have all experienced betrayal at some time in our lives. It might have been by a lover, by a friend, in our job or in our family. The new book “Betrayed: A Survivor’s Guide to Lying, Cheating, and Double Dealing” highlights actual stories of betrayal. It offers a roadmap for how to deal with it and, sometimes, how to get even.

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University Showcase 8/16 8a:  In August 1619, the first kidnapped Africans arrived on the shores of Virginia, which was then a British Colony. This was the beginning of slavery in this country, but it was also a time when relationships were more nuanced and complex than we have been led to believe.

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When Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham sent 50 state police officers to patrol parts of Albuquerque in mid-May, Mayor Tim Keller announced the operation, saying it was intended to fight violent crime. Officials touted the hundreds of arrests state police officers made, but residents in targeted communities said the sudden over-policing was familiar and felt like a siege.

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Women's Focus 07/20 12p: In this edition of the Women's Focus news: Financier Jeffrey Epstein denied bail and cited danger to community; Women majority of victims in fire at Japanese anime studio known for employing women; Women played prominent roles in success of Apollo 11; President Trump reverses course and supports people chanting "Send her back" at campaign rally about Rep.

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University Showcase 7/19 8a: Alzheimer’s affects about 43 million people worldwide and the rate continues to escalate. Researchers at the University of New Mexico have developed a vaccine that could possibly prevent tau tangles, once of the proteins that accumulates in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients, which could prevent cognitive decline that comes with the illness.

Santa Fe International Folk Art Market

Friday 7/12 8:30a: The 16th annual Santa Fe International Folk Art Market runs July 12-14. It will feature more than 150 master artists from 50 countries. As of 2018, the Market has generated more than $31 million in earnings for artists. That can have a tremendous impact, especially for artists from developing countries. Those earnings often support families and build infrastructure for entire communities.

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University Showcase, Friday 6/21 8a:  How can health care professionals work with communities as partners to improve health care outcomes? On this episode we talk with Dr. Laura Chanchien Parajon about community based participatory research. 

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Women's Focus, 6/15 Sat 9a: The earth and our relationship to it run through two new solo shows by New Mexico artists that will open at 516 ARTS in Albuqurque on June 22. 

Paula Wilson will present "Entangled," which explores unseen forces of nature at work and embraces an anthropomorphic world vie where nature and life are embodied and reflected. As part of the show, Wilson is creating a large-scale printmaking project with people in the community.

University Showcase 5/17 8a: Jim Linnell was six months away from retirement from the University of New Mexico when he became a quadriplegic. His new book, “Take It Lying Down,” chronicles his life since the accident.

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4/20 12p: This week in women's headline news, the first female astronaut candidate in the U.S. died. We have a remembrance.Also in this week's news: Protests erupt in Bangladesh over the death of a woman murdered after she refused to drop sexual harassment charges against her Islamic school prinicpal; police in Northern Ireland arrest two teens in the death of journalist Lyra McKee; the trial of female activists in Saudi Arabia postponed; Ivanka Trump visits Ivory Coast as part of USAID $2M pledge to help women in cocoa industry; women will be included in Taliban delegation during peace talks for the first time; Congressional hearing set for April 30 on Equal Rights Amendment, the first such hearing in in 36 years; New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver to pursue Senate seat; lawsuit against New Mexico Corrections says officers sexually abuse inmate.

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University Showcase 4/19 8a: How can studying design help children with math and geometry? How does the design of a classroom help or hinder academic achievement? On this episode, we talk with Anne Taylor. She has spent much of her career creating learning environments that foster innovation and intrigue at schools, in the United States and internationally.

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Getting healthcare in rural areas can be really difficult.  There aren’t enough doctors and smaller communities often struggle with poverty and transportation issues. The documentary “The Providers” explores the challenges – and the rewards – of serving these patients by focusing on three healthcare workers in northern New Mexico. It premiers April 8 at 9 p.m. on New Mexico PBS Channel 5 and airs again April 13 at 10 p.m

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3:30 12p: This week in women's headline news: Legendary filmmaker Agnes Varda dies. Also in the news, three women's rights activists in Saudi Arabia temporarily released; Mexico has its #MeToo moment; new exhibit at the National Portait Gallery highlights suffragist movement; NASA cancels plans for all-female space walk; Maryland National Guard led completely by women; North Dakota considers nullifying its support of Equal Rights Amendment; Gov Michelle Lujan Grisham signs legislation that changes how those younger than 18 are treated when arrested for prostitution.

Women's Focus, 03/16 Noon: British actress and comedian Nina Conti comes to Albuquerque this week for two shows with the Tricklock Revolutions International Theatre Festival. She has won a British Comedy Award, stormed Live at the Apollo, Russell Howard’s Good News, Sunday Night at the Palladium, and made a BAFTA nominated film. She and her most well-known puppet, Monkey, were also in the HBO series “Family Tree.”

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  University Showcase, 3/15, 8a: As the turmoil continues in Venezuela, we talk with several professors at the University of New Mexico to gain some context and understanding of the crisis.

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University Showcase: For years New Mexico has languished at or near the bottom nationally for child well-being and one factor behind that ranking is our high rates of child abuse. Many of those cases come through the Child Abuse Response Team -- or CART -- at the University of New Mexico Hospital.

Women's Focus 2/9 Noon: Donatella Moltisanti was studying opera 30 years ago and she found that debilitating pain she was experiencing would disappear as she sang. She began exploring how music can physically affect people and has created a technique she calls Moltisanti Soul Singing. She will be hosting a number of workshops in New Mexico from Feb. 19 to the 24th.

Moltisanti Soul Singing events will take place on:

University Showcase 1/18 8a:   On this episode we speak with Anthony Anella and Mark Childs about their book “Imagine a City That Remembers: The Albuquerque Rephotography Project," published by University of New Mexico Press.

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  Women’s Focus 12/29 12p: On this episode we’ll explore how Crossroads For Women helps women successfully return to the community after incarceration as part of a project of the Solutions Journalism Network. It’s a nonprofit organization that works to rebalance the news so what we read, hear, and listen to each day are not only problems, but also solutions.

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  University Showcase, 12/21 8a: Climate change is not theoretical in New Mexico. It's here and already having serious impacts on our communities. Professor David Gutzler says we have no choice but to adapt and incorporate this reality into our policies statewide. 

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