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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

Click here for the Newsmakers archive through 2016

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VIDEO: New Mexico 2nd Congressional District Debate

Oct 27, 2016

Election coverage brought to you by KRWG-TV and the Las Cruces Sun-News. This debate covers New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District with candidates Republican Steve Pearce and Democrat Merrie Lee Soules.

Election 2016-NM House District 37

Oct 16, 2016

Election 2016 - NM House District 36 Nathan Small

Oct 16, 2016

Issues & Answers: The Media and the Election

Oct 6, 2016

  Fred Martino hosts a discussion of media coverage of the 2016 election. The panel includes Walt Rubel of the Las Cruces Sun News, Lauren Villagran of the Albuquerque Journal, NMSU Journalism Professor Nick Miller, and NMSU Government Professor Dr. Christina Medina answering questions from the studio    

Election 2016 Forum - NM House District 39

Oct 6, 2016

Election 2016 Forum - NM House District 39


Election 2016 - NM House District 35 Angelica Rubio

Oct 6, 2016

Election 2016 - NM House District 35 Angelica Rubio


Newsmakers 820-Dr. Richard Jackson

Oct 6, 2016

Simon Thompson interviews Dr. Richard Jackson, author of "Designing Healthy Communities."   Jackson recently visited Las Cruces to discuss ways the city can align its design and future development to enhance public health.

Newsmakers 819-Dr. Garrey Carruthers

Oct 6, 2016

Election coverage brought to you by KRWG-TV and the League of Women Voters of Greater Las Cruces. This forum covers New Mexico Senate District 38 with candidates Democrat Mary Kay Papen and Republican Charles Wendler.

Election 2016 Forum - NM Senate District 37

Sep 21, 2016

Election coverage brought to you by KRWG-TV and the League of Women Voters of Greater Las Cruces. This forum covers New Mexico Senate District 37 with candidates Democrat Bill Soules and Republican Ceil Levatino.

Domenici Forum: Agricultural Policy 2016

Sep 13, 2016

New Mexico State University Chancellor Dr. Garrey Carruthers moderates a panel discussion on agricultural policy and how how it affects the economy in the border region. Panelists include Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture, Jose Calzada Rovirosa, Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs of USDA Ed Avalos and New Mexico's Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte.

Newsmakers 818, 8/4/16

Aug 16, 2016

Newsmakers 817, 7/14/16

Jul 28, 2016

Newsmakers 816, 7/7/16

Jul 13, 2016

Newsmakers 815, 6/30/16

Jul 13, 2016

Newsmakers 814- 6/23/16

Jun 24, 2016

On this episode of Newsmakers: we visit a Deming school that welcomes hundreds of students from Mexico; El Paso considers a municipal I.D.; and Living Here visits Dripping Springs in the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument.

Newsmakers 813- 6/16/16

Jun 17, 2016

This episode of Newsmakers includes a report on former President Bill Clinton's visit to Las Cruces and what area residents are saying about Hillary Clinton's run for the Presidency; we'll meet a new citizen who's excited to be voting for the first time in November; and "Living Here" takes us to the City of Rocks State Park.

Newsmakers 812, 5/26/16

Jun 1, 2016

This episode of Newsmakers features field reports on:  budget cuts facing Las Cruces Public Schools; Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders visits Vado; and local students benefit from the "Every Kid in a Park" program.

G.Y. Liu-President, Shijiazhuang College

Jun 1, 2016

Issues And Answers: Public Education

May 12, 2016

Fred Martino discusses public education in New Mexico with Senator Bill Soules, NEA New Mexico Vice President Mary Parr-Sanchez, Las Cruces school board members Ed Frank and Andre Gonzales (student member), and Jo Galvan of Las Cruces Public Schools.

Paul Gessing-Rio Grande Foundation and Connor Gordon-Young Americans For Liberty discuss the current political climate and their advocacy for limited government.

Issues And Answers: The Youth Vote

May 3, 2016

Las Cruces teachers and students discuss the 2016 election and public policy. 

Public Education in New Mexico

Apr 25, 2016

This documentary looks at controversial changes in New Mexico public education, including the use of standardized testing as a major factor in teacher evaluations.

Issues and Answers: The College Vote

Apr 14, 2016

Guests include David Moreno of the NMSU College Democrats, Connor Gordon from Young Americans for Liberty, Taylor Dyer-Paz from NMSU Political Awareness Club and Aaron Holloway of the NMSU College Republicans.

Newsmakers 808, 3/31/16

Apr 11, 2016

This episode of Newsmakers includes these field reports and more:  A look at the enormous impact of the 1966 Texas Western basketball team; an update on regional transit service and its potential benefits for Dona Ana County; and "Living Here" focuses on the annual visit of sandhill cranes to Hatch.

Issues And Answers: The Graduation Rate

Apr 6, 2016

Issues and Answers: The Graduation Rate. Guests include Senator Bill Soules, NMSU Education Dean Dr. Donald Pope-Davis, and  La Academia Dolores Huerta Middle School head administrator Octavio Casillas.

Alan Webber, One New Mexico

Apr 1, 2016

Fred Martino interviews Alan Webber, founder of One New Mexico, a nonprofit organization focused on creating a better future for the state through public policy improvements.  Webber was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for New Mexico Governor in 2014.


Newsmakers 806, 2/25/16

Feb 26, 2016

Field reports include:  Legislation has been introduced to create a new type of liquor license in New Mexico; people from across the globe look to a Las Cruces business for custom-made horns; and the Hope Border Institute and the Center for Migration Studies held a conference discussing the Catholic influence on migration issues.

Alamogordo Mayoral Forum

Feb 17, 2016

 The Alamogordo Mayoral Forum airs Saturday at 5pm and Sunday at 11am on KRWG-TV.    Fred Martino covers the major issues with candidates James Baker, Richard Boss, Michael Elliott, and Robert Hahn.  Candidates Jeffrey Ault and Mike Rosales did not attend.

Alamogordo will elect a new mayor on March 1.  Early voting is already underway.

Land Tawney , President/CEO-Backcountry Hunters and Anglers

Jan 30, 2016

Fred Martino interviews Land Tawney, President/CEO of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers.  The group recently visited the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument.