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The KRWG news team features the people, issues, and events that shape our community in this weekly news magazine.   Special Newmakers programs include political forums, as well as the hour-long programs "Issues and Answers" and "The Innovators."  E-mail your story and interview ideas to

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This week, Newsmakers looks at changes to the CWA that could impact the Gila river and we visit Eagle Ranch Heart of the Desert which is known for being the largest pistachio producing grove in the state of New Mexico. 

Newsmakers 1215 - New Graduates Face Tough Labor Market; Naida Zucker

Jul 27, 2020

This week, Newsmakers looks at how new graduates are facing a tough labor market and we visit with Naida Zucker a retired zoologist and biology professor who now is a local artist.  


This week, Newsmakers features Dr. Patrick Turner, Director of First Year Initiatives at NMSU and Kimberly York, Interim Director, Black Programs at NMSU.  


Issues & Answers: Police Oversight

Jul 2, 2020

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and Third Judicial District Attorney Mark D'Antonio discuss the legal issues surrounding police oversight. Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima and Las Cruces District 4 City Councilor Johana Bencomo talk about municipal policy efforts to improve police oversight.  

Issues & Answers: Police Reform

Jun 25, 2020

Doña Ana County Sheriff Kim Stewart and New Mexico State University Police Chief Stephen Lopez talk about the movement for police reform. This series is a partnership between KRWG Public Media, NAACP of Doña Ana County, and the League of Women Voters of Southern New Mexico. 

This week, Newsmakers features Dr. Chris Erickson, New Mexico State University Professor, to discuss COVID-19 and the short and long-term effects on the New Mexico economy.     


Newsmakers 1212 - Dr. Bobbie Green: President Doña Ana County NAACP

Jun 11, 2020

This week, Newsmakers features Dr. Bobbie Green, President of the Doña Ana County NAACP.



Election 2020 - New Mexico GOP Primary: U.S. House District 2

May 14, 2020

Election 2020: New Mexico GOP Primary U.S. House District 2 Forum with moderator Fred Martino. The show features three candidates running for the Republican nomination in New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District: Claire Chase, Yvette Herrell, and Chris Mathys.

This week, Newsmakers host Fred Martino sits down for an in depth discussion with James Millward of Georgetown University on China and the current state of affairs.  



This week, Newsmakers speaks with Oscar Arriaga of the U.S. Census Bureau and Manuel Sanchez, Vice Chair Doña Ana County Commission on the up coming census.  


Newsmakers 1209 - Paul Gessing, Rio Grande Foundation

Mar 20, 2020

This week on Newsmakers, Fred Martino sits down with Paul Gessing, president of the Rio Grande Foundation, to discuss New Mexico's state budget which was set at this year's legislative session.

Newsmakers 1208 - A traveling RV that gathers health data; Smokey Bear

Feb 27, 2020

This week, Newsmakers looks at an RV that tours America gathering health data, and Living Here finds out the true story of Smokey Bear.

Newsmakers 1207 - Domestic violence survivor; Las Cruces food trucks

Feb 22, 2020

This week, Newsmakers looks at a young man’s story of domestic violence, and Living Here samples some Las Cruces food trucks.

Newsmakers 1206 - Las Cruces Child Trauma Summit; Beekeeper

Feb 12, 2020

This week, Newsmakers examines the Las Cruces Child Trauma Summit and Living Here visits an area beekeeper to sample the honey. 

Newsmakers 1205 - Mayor’s concerns for city; Pickleball

Feb 4, 2020

This week, Newsmakers looks at the Las Cruces Minimum Wage impact analysis and we visit the current and new site of the University Art Gallery. 

This week, Newmakers looks at efforts to repeal the New Mexico tax on Social Security income and we visit the Branigan Cultural Center in Las Cruces.  

Newsmakers 1202 - Gail Evans

Jan 8, 2020

This week on Newsmakers; Fred Martino sits down for an in-depth discussion with Gail Evans, Lead Counsel, Yazzie v. State of New Mexico. As a result of the lawsuit, the state was required to improve educational services. 

Newsmakers 1201- John Robert Smith

Jan 8, 2020

On this edition of Newsmakers Fred Martino speaks with John Robert Smith of Transportation For America. 

Issues & Answers: Ranked Choice Voting - What We Learned

Dec 17, 2019

This program features a discussion of the recent Las Cruces municipal election and its first use of ranked choice voting. Guests include Heather Ferguson and Mario Jimenez of Common Cause New Mexico, which conducted an exit survey with voters.  


Issues & Answers: Dreams on Trial

Dec 10, 2019

Issues and Answers: Youth Civic Engagement

Nov 21, 2019

This hour-long program features a discussion about efforts to increase civic engagement among young people in the region. Field reports include: A Las Cruces Mayoral Forum hosted by high school students and a voter registration drive organized by students at New Mexico State University.


Issues and Answers: Reporting on Trauma

Nov 14, 2019

This week on Newsmakers, Fred Martino interviews Minerva Baumann, author of the book “Ordinary Angels: Stories of Daily Life in El Paso del Norte.


Election 2019: Las Cruces School Board Forum

Oct 24, 2019

Election 2019: Las Cruces City Council District 4 Forum

Oct 17, 2019

Election 2019: Las Cruces City Council District 2 Forum

Oct 17, 2019

Election 2019: Las Cruces City Council District 1 Forum

Oct 17, 2019

Election 2019: Las Cruces City Council District 1 Forum with moderators Fred Martino from KRWG and Eileen Van Wie from the League of Women Voters of Southern New Mexico. The show features two candidates running for District 1 of Las Cruces and they are: Kasandra A. Gandara and Shelly A. Nichols-Shaw.

Election 2019: Las Cruces Mayoral Forum

Oct 10, 2019

Issues & Answers: Ranked Choice Voting

Oct 3, 2019

Fred Martino speaks with Doña Ana County clerk  Amanda López Askin about ranked choice voting, the new voting procedure being used in the Las Cruces Municipal Election.