Rashad Mahmood

Public Health New Mexico - Program Coordinator

Rashad Mahmood studied Peace and Conflict studies at UC Berkeley before receiving an M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University. Rashad then worked as an Economic Researcher for the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt before returning to the US and working for the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). After working on USIP’s Iraq programs from Washington, he worked in Iraq for a year as the Assistant to the Chief of Party. Following an intense year in Iraq assisting with conflict resolution efforts, he returned to Egypt and worked as a journalist with Business Monthly magazine. After moving to Albuquerque, he worked as the Program Outreach Coordinator for Generation Justice, and in December 2014 joined KUNM staff as the Program Coordinator for the Public Health New Mexico project. 

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We’re proud to announce that KUNM won several national awards for our 2017 coverage. 

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A memo alleging that the FBI abused its surveillance authority became public on Friday after a push by House Republicans.


These mayoral forums are a chance to meet and learn about Albuquerque’s mayoral candidates. Topics covered include public safety and police, public health, the economy, and much more. Check them out.

State of the City Mayoral Forum 
Organized by ABQ Center for Peace and Justice
Friday, September 1,  6 – 8 PM
North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center
7521 Carmel Ave NE

KUNM's Train to Glory host Cecelia Webb was featured on Here and Now's DJ Sessions. Take a listen!

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New Mexico's latest troubles with administering food stamps are just the most recent in a long string of problems. In 1988, Debra Hatten-Gonzales and others filed lawsuits alleging the Human Services Department broke federal laws in determining eligibility for food stamps, Medicaid and Aid to Families with Dependent Children. The state settled with the plaintiffs in 1990, and agreed to deadlines to reform their processes.

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UPDATE Wednesday, 29, 11:00 a.m.: The Dog Head Fire is 91 percent contained. A total of 12 residences and 44 minor structures have been damaged. The U.S. Forest Service says the wildfire was human-started, but they are still investigating how it happened.

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The New Mexico Broadcasters Association has selected KUNM local All Things Considered host Chris Boros as best Newscaster for 2016. We also received awards for best Continuing Coverage for Ed Williams' coverage of a toxic chemical spill south of downtown Albuquerque and best Breaking News for Rita Daniels' coverage of the Gold King Mine spill in August 2015.

Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Sun. 6/22 7p: Mentors are a valuable resource to the community and can play a huge role in the lives and development of young people. This week’s show highlights the work of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America in New Mexico by speaking with Chief of Marketing and Outreach Sharon Tenorio, and Big Sister Denise Nava.

Generation Justice

Sun. 5/11 7p: For Mother’s Day our show featured the 28th Annual Women on the Move Awards, presented by YWCA Middle Rio Grande. Speakers include Major General Sandra Finan, recipient of La Estrella award, and Jennifer Metzler of Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless, who was named “Woman to be Reckoned With.” 

Our own Roberta Rael was also honored as a Woman on the Move! 

Generation Justice

Sun. 4/23 7p: This week's show is all about community partnerships organizing for change.

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Sun. 4/13 7p: The Empowerment Through Music: Digital Technology Project or the New Mexico Jazz Workshop is a program dedicated to freeing the voices of incarcerated youth. Pauly Denetclaw talks with Audra Blea, also known as Lil' Threat Loca, and Alyson Steinman about the young people they work with. All the songs this week are original works by the young people in the Empowerment Through Music: Digital Technology Project. Generation Justice is excited to be collaborating with the New Mexico Jazz Workshop for this special program. 

Generation Justice

Sun. 4/6 7p: Generation Justice will host a community panel featuring journalist David Correia and Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino, discussing the historical analysis of militarization of police departments and the decline of mental health resources and how this correlates to where we are at today. We are also joined by local community organizers, Albuquerque Peace and Justice Center Coordinator Sue Schuurman, representative from A.N.S.W.E.R Gloria Rebar, and Kenneth Guy Ellis II, father of the late Kenneth Guy Ellis III, who will talk about the current situation and plans of action.

Jackie Zamora

This week’s show we aired interviews we did at the 2011 Cesar Chavez Day celebrations. Interviews include the legendary Dolores Huerta, Representative Ben Ray Lujan, Crystal Zamora, Maclovia Sanchez de Zamora, Andrea Serrano, and then Representative, now Senator, Martin Heinrich. We also have announcements about some important upcoming community events!

Hembras de Pluma

Sun. 3/16 7p: Generation Justice will feature Hembras de Pluma, a collective of women artists who have come together to present personal stories of childhood, growing older, loss, love, grief and joy. They will be joining Generation Justice on Sunday to talk about the inspiration behind their work, and sharing excerpts from their upcoming performances.

Art and Activism

Mar 3, 2014
Generation Justice

Sun. 3/2 7p: ART Is ACTIVISM!  Producer Luna Olavarria Gallegos looks at the connection between Art and Activism. We’ll hear from Alina Tavares Shelly and Alma Olavarria Gallegos, about their interview with the Panamanian duo Los Rakas. The show also features nationally recognized Hip Hop Activists I Self Devine and Brother Ali, interviewed by Jason Fuller and Markus Beruman.

Generation Justice

Sun. 2/23 7p: Curious about what happened this legislative session? This week we’ll be talking with a panel of policy experts discussing recent important legislative outcomes. Tune in to hear what happened with education, taxes, the living wage, and early childhood education during the session. As always, we're on-air Sundays at 7pm!