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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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Paul Gessing, President-Rio Grande Foundation

Jan 26, 2014

Fred Martino interviews Paul Gessing, President-Rio Grande Foundation, regarding the 2014 New Mexico legislative session.

David Clements

Jan 26, 2014

Fred Martino interviews David Clements, candidate for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in New Mexico.

Issues And Answers: Public Education

Dec 23, 2013

Fred Martino hosts this town hall meeting on public education held at KRWG-TV studios.

Newsmakers 12/26/13

Dec 23, 2013

Newsmakers 12/12/13

Dec 23, 2013

Field reports on this episode include:  The increasing demand on area food banks; a program to teach students about sustainability through a community garden; local groups push for immigration reform; and high hopes remain for Spaceport America.

Issues And Answers: Immigration Reform

Nov 20, 2013

Fred Martino moderates this KRWG Town Hall on immigration reform.

Newsmakers 11/14/13

Nov 10, 2013

Fred Martino interviews New Mexico State University student Kevin Cardoza.  Just seven years ago, Cardoza moved to Las Cruces from El Salvador.  In that short amount of time, he learned to speak English and adjust to a new life in the United States.  Now, he's thriving at NMSU, where he's been part of the Model United Nations team.


Newsmakers 10/17/13

Oct 28, 2013

Newsmakers 10/24/13

Oct 28, 2013

Newsmakers 10/10/13

Oct 9, 2013

Newsmakers 10/3/13

Oct 2, 2013

This week, Newsmakers features a variety of local field reports, including:

Efforts to attract new business to downtown Las Cruces

A summer camp run by NMSU for young people with autism

The JUMP program to help students academically at Las Cruces Public Schools

New Mexico In Depth's Heath Haussamen

Sep 25, 2013

Fred Martino speaks with New Mexico In Depth's Heath Haussamen.  Field
reports include:  A look at efforts to reestablish New Mexico desert
plants and NMSU researchers gain insight about the evolution of space
with the help of NASA's Hubble telescope.

NMSU Student Regent Jordan Banegas

Aug 29, 2013

Fred Martino speaks with NMSU Student Regent Jordan Banegas.  Field
reports include:  A look at the controversy over artificial turf at
the Las Cruces Field of Dreams and New Mexico launches a summer
reading program for children.

Dona Ana County District Attorney Mark D'Antonio

Jul 30, 2013

Fred Martino speaks with Dona Ana County District Attorney Mark D'Antonio.  Field reports include a look at efforts to confront two of the region's most pressing challenges...hunger and affordable housing.

"The Good Life Lab-Radical Experiments in Hands-On Living"

Jul 29, 2013

Navy Operational Support Center-El Paso

Jul 16, 2013

Fred Martino speaks with LCDR Michael Newman, Commanding Officer of the Navy Operational Support Center in El Paso.  Also:  An in-depth look at the effort involved in fighting the massive Silver Fire in the Gila wilderness.

United Way Of Southwest New Mexico

Jul 1, 2013

Fred Martino interviews NMSU graduate Michael Zaragoza, President/CEO of United Way of Southwest New Mexico. Field reports include: NMSU hosts a summer camp for young people with autism and Dona Ana County holds a burial service for those who are unclaimed.

Valley Fever In New Mexico

Jul 1, 2013

The New Mexico Department of Health presents a documentary on Valley Fever. This episode also includes field reports on wildfire management and public transportation in Las Cruces.

El Pasoan Thiago Bahia, Finalist For Host Of "Wild Kingdom"

Jun 26, 2013

Aggies Go Global, Part 2

May 31, 2013

Fred Martino interviews students who have traveled overseas thanks to the Aggies Go Global program. Field reports include: A conversation with former Fort Bliss Commanding General Dana Pittard and a survey shows overwhelming support for making NMSU a smoke-free campus.

Aggies Go Global, Part 1

May 29, 2013

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

May 10, 2013

Domenici Institute Forum

Apr 19, 2013

Domenici Forum - Defense Sequestration: America's Strategic Cliff

Terry Brunner, USDA Rural Development Director-NM

Apr 19, 2013

Fred Martino interviews Terry Brunner, New Mexico USDA Rural Development Director. Also includes a preview of the KRWG documentary, Centennial High, featuring the first year of the new state of the art high school in Las Cruces.

NMSU Model U.N. Team, Part 3

Apr 19, 2013

Fred Martino concludes our 3-part series with New Mexico State University's Model United Nations Team. This segment includes interviews with team members following their return from New York City, where they were named a distinguished delegation, placing them among the top Model U.N. teams in the world.

NMSU Model U.N. Team-Part 2

Mar 25, 2013

NMSU Model U.N. Team-Part 1

Mar 25, 2013

Author Doug Fine

Mar 7, 2013

Fred Martino interviews New Mexico's Doug Fine, author of "Too High To Fail." Fine discusses his book, which includes his account of living in Mendocino, California, where marijuana was being produced for medical use.

Rio Grande Foundation-Part Two

Feb 28, 2013

Part Two of Fred Martino's interview with Paul Gessing of the Rio Grande Foundation.  Field reports include:  local reaction to proposals to increase the minimum wage and a Las Cruces dentist continues his annual effort to help those who cannot afford dental care.

Rio Grande Foundation-Part One

Feb 27, 2013

Part one of Fred Martino's interview with Paul Gessing of the Rio Grande Foundation regarding New Mexico legislative issues.  Field reports include:  A look at the new Center for the Arts at New Mexico State University and a behind the scenes report on the Las Cruces Community Theatre production of "The Mousetrap."