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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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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. 

Newsmakers 1125: The Best of Living Here - Historic Places

Sep 26, 2019

Newsmakers 1124: The Best of Living Here - Natural Wonders

Sep 19, 2019

Newsmakers 1123 - Best of Living Here - Events

Sep 5, 2019

 This week on Newsmakers: The Best of Living Here, featuring a look at some events during the year from Saturday's Farmers and Crafts market in downtown Las Cruces, to the Experimental Aircraft Association that tries to take advantage of the weather all year long, to the Gila River festival that preserves the natural beauty of the area, and finally when summers cools down we heat up with the Hatch Chile festival.

Newsmakers 1122 - Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) New Mexico

Aug 14, 2019

Newsmakers 1121 - Immigration

Aug 8, 2019

This episode of Newsmakers takes us to a naturalization ceremony at the Las Cruces Convention Center, where nearly 200 people became U.S. citizens.  Also:  a report on a class at New Mexico State University that draws students from across the country to work for immigrant rights on the border.  


Newsmakers 1120 - Dr. Karen Trujillo

Jul 29, 2019

This week on Newsmakers, Fred Martino interviews former New Mexico Education Secretary Dr. Karen Trujillo.  They discuss the challenges facing New Mexico as it tries to improve education in the state. 

Newsmakers 1118 - Space Exploration in New Mexico

Jul 17, 2019

Newsmakers 1117 - Ron Stallworth, Author - "Black Klansman"

Jul 11, 2019

On this episode of Newsmakers, Michael Hernandez speaks with retired police detective and author Ron Stallworth, who details his experiences of infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan in the late 1970s in his book “Black Klansman”  


Newsmakers 1116 - Kevin Bixby, Southwest Environmental Center

Jun 19, 2019

On this episode of Newsmakers; Fred Martino talks with Kevin Bixby, Executive Director of the Southwest Environmental Center in Las Cruces.  This episode also includes field reports about a climate change photo exhibit and citizen science.   


Newsmakers 1115 - Seeking Asylum in The U.S.

Jun 19, 2019


Mallory Falk updates the community on efforts to assist those seeking asylum in the United States.    

Issues & Answers: Immigration

Jun 13, 2019

This week on Newsmakers Fred Martino sits down with New Mexico 2nd District Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, for an in depth conversation on issues affecting New Mexico in Washington D.C. 

Newsmakers 1112 - Working To Save The Envrionment

May 8, 2019

On this episode of Newsmakers, we look at a variety of ways people are working to save the environment in southern New Mexico; a water summit aims to increase communication between New Mexico, Texas, and Mexico; and "Living Here" visits the historic Lake Valley Townsite.

Newsmakers 1111 - Brian Blalock, Secretary of New Mexico CYFD

May 1, 2019

This week on Newsmakers, Fred Martino sits down for an in depth conversation with the Secretary of New Mexico CYFD Brian Blalock. 


Issues & Answers: Protecting Our Environment

Apr 19, 2019

"Issues and Answers: Protecting Our Environment" looks at efforts to reduce the use of fossil fuels in order to protect our public lands and mitigate the effects of climate change. It also profiles a New Mexico nonprofit organization that helps Latino youth experience the great outdoors.