Fred Martino

Director of Content

Fred Martino is Director of Content at KRWG, leading our efforts on radio, television, and right here at . He also anchors the region's only television news magazine, Newsmakers, which airs Thursday at 7pm, Saturday at 5pm, and Sunday at 11am on KRWG-TV.

Fred was recruited by KRWG in 2008, when he joined New Mexico State University as an Assistant Executive Director of University Broadcasting and Director of Content for KRWG Public Media.  He came to New Mexico after nine years as the Director of News and Public Affairs for WGVU-TV/AM/FM at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

He holds master's degrees in communication and public administration from Grand Valley.  In addition, Fred earned a Ph.D. in educational administration with a focus on public media from New Mexico State University.  Fred's dissertation, "Local Public Media: Qualitative Research to Guide Educational Leaders," focused on his transformational work at KRWG Public Media.

Fred’s work at KRWG began with a new commitment to digital media.  The move quickly paid dividends, as was named the best online news site in the state by the New Mexico Associated Press in 2008.  Later, we received several best website awards in our division from the New Mexico Broadcasters Association.  The region’s home page has continued to grow and evolve, becoming one of the most active sites in the NPR Digital Services family.  In 2008, we also launched another successful digital venture, ensuring that all of KRWG-TV’s content is posted online.  Hundreds of thousands of people have watched our videos online over the last few years…and we continue to grow.

Our growth on radio and television has also been unprecedented.  We doubled our daily newscasts on KRWG-FM and our weekly pubic affairs programming also doubled from 30 minutes to one-hour.  KRWG-TV viewers are also enjoying an additional half-hour of programming.  The new programs on both stations, while very different, have the same name:  Fronteras-A Changing America.  The radio and television broadcasts focus on our vibrant border communities and the diversity of our local people.

Fred has also led efforts to bring diversity to the airwaves and to our digital audience here at .  Diversity in our staff, in the viewpoints we present, in the people we see and hear, and in the growing range of programming we develop.  In 2012, Fred launched a new initiative with the Government department at New Mexico State University.  The result:  a panel of students participated in two televised debates with local candidates.  Additional programs with area students continue each semester.  It’s another way KRWG is enriching the region’s educational opportunities while also bringing diversity to our programming.

With your support, we’ll continue to grow.  We also welcome your comments and story ideas anytime.  E-mail us…the address is

Thank you for helping to make KRWG one of the most innovative public media organizations in the nation.  We couldn’t do it without your help.

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson

Former two-term New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson announced he's running for U.S. Senate in New Mexico as a Libertarian.  Johnson also ran for President as a Libertarian twice.  He's seeking the seat held by Democratic Senator Martin Heinrich.  Businessman Mick Rich is the Republican in the race.

Johnson discusses his political philosophy with Fred Martino, along with his opposition to Trump Administration policies on immigration, trade, and deficit spending.  

The Otero Mesa.  At over 1.2 million acres, it’s a vast treasure southeast of Alamogordo and west of Carlsbad.  Most of it is public land.  And about a half a million acres are desert grassland, a rare and disappearing habitat for some 1,000 native species. 

Pam Holland

The Southern New Mexico Festival of Quilts was held in Alamogordo Sunday and Monday.  Background provided by the festival: 

Since 2010 quilters from around the United States have been coming to Alamogordo, New Mexico to take part in a community event to benefit the children of Otero County.  The Southern New Mexico Festival of Quilts began as a cooperative effort between Rainee Mackewich of First National Bank and  Pam Holland, International textile artist, quilt teacher and photographer from Australia and has resulted in a week long flurry of quilting activities throughout the area every summer since. 

NTI provides job services to Americans with disabilities who want to get back into the workplace.  Over the past 25 years, NTI has helped over 175,000 individuals across the United States and over 1,200 here in the Las Cruces area through their NTI@Home and LandAjob programs.

Paul Gessing, President-Rio Grande Foundation

Fred Martino recently talked with Rio Grande Foundation President Paul Gessing about a number of economic issues facing New Mexico.

How could changes to NAFTA affect the state?

Will an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decision have an impact on public sector unions?

And how should New Mexico use its windfall from increasing oil prices and production?

Las Cruces High School has a unique distinction.  For the last two years, its broadcasting program has included students chosen for a prestigious public media fellowship.  

It’s an amazing honor.  Just 20 students in the nation are chosen for an all-expenses paid week in Washington D.C. as part of the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs. 

And for the last two years, Las Cruces High School students have made the cut. 

On Wednesday, April 18, Aggies Winning Choices (AWC) will host the Responsible Alcohol Consumption Summit (RACS). The event will be held at the NMSU Domenici Building, Room 109 (Yates Auditorium), from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. The Summit will include individual presentations and expert panel discussions focusing on alcohol research, prevention and interventions, and policies that impact our communities.

Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Mick Rich

Fred Martino interviews Mick Rich, the New Mexico Republican seeking a U.S. Senate seat in 2018.  The seat is currently held by Senator Martin Heinrich. 

This interview includes Rich's comments on federal spending, the GOP tax law, immigration, government regulations, and President Trump's proposals on trade policy.

Relationship-building, global perspectives and international engagement are just three of the goals Rod McSherry has in mind as interim associate provost for International and Border Programs at New Mexico State University.

Although McSherry has been on the NMSU staff since 2015, his loyalty to the university goes back to his undergrad days as an animal science major at NMSU.

Vision/Revision: New Mexico Poets on the Page, opening Friday, March 23, 2018, at the Branigan Cultural Center, celebrates National Poetry month in April.  The exhibit runs through May 19.

A collaboration with the New Mexico State University Archives and the Creative Writing Program at NMSU, this exhibit presents a glimpse into the works of New Mexico poets Lorenzo Torrez, Margaret Page Hood, Eugene Manlove Rhodes, and Keith Wilson. These four poets wrote about southern New Mexico’s people, ranching life, cultural identities, and our Chihuahuan desert environment. The working notes, drafts, and final manuscripts they left behind, held in the NMSU Archives, provide insight into the poet’s mind at work, as words are shaped into meaning.

In Focus interview with Jeff Apodaca, Democratic primary candidate for Governor of New Mexico.  

Rebecca Dow is a on a mission.  She says it’s long past time for New Mexico to move forward.  “Right now, I think we need hope.  I think we need hope for a better future,” she said.  Dow was elected to the New Mexico State Legislature in 2016.  The Republican represents District 38 in the state House, which includes parts of Grant, Hidalgo, and Sierra counties. 

Critics have long contended that money from Dona Ana County’s spaceport gross receipts tax should only be used to pay off construction bonds.  But a KRWG News investigation has revealed that the county ordinance authorizing the tax does not restrict the use of the money in that way.  In fact, as KRWG’s Fred Martino uncovered, the ordinance does not even specify a date when the tax will be repealed.

  A Las Cruces native and field-leading researcher in the areas of cancer genetics and neurosciences recently spoke at New Mexico State University about breakthrough discoveries that could impact future treatment of diseases such as Lou Gehrig’s disease, Huntington’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

Rep. Beto O'Rourke kicks off his Senate campaign

A Congressional break is about to begin, but Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke (TX-16) won’t be slowing down.  He’s campaigning for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Ted Cruz.

Last Friday, it was a decidedly unconventional beginning for his campaign: the windy rooftop of the Plaza Theater in El Paso.

Melissa Block

Mar 17, 2017

This week, NPR's Melissa Block was in southern New Mexico.  Block is traveling the nation, reporting for NPR's "Our Land" series.  Fred Martino spoke with her about what she's hearing from people across the country and what it is like to be a reporter when journalism is under attack.