This week on New Mexico in Focus, producer Sarah Gustavus sits down with high school seniors and undergrads to discuss the challenges of navigating the transition between high school and college.

Sarah Gustavus also talks to Angelo Gonzales, executive director of Mission: Graduate, about efforts to improve graduation rates in high schools across New Mexico.

Host Gene Grant leads a debate on the latest news headlines with the Line opinion panelists, including the passage by House Republicans of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a replacement and repeal of the current Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the impact on health coverage for New Mexicans. The panel also discusses a recent report showing New Mexico has the lowest high school graduation rate in the nation and looks at a controversial ATF sting operation in Albuquerque.

The show regularly airs Fridays at 7 p.m. and repeats Sundays at 7 a.m. on Channel 5.1 and Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. on Channel 9.1, except during pledge drives.

Studio Guests

  • Gabe Gallegos, Director of Communication, Associated Students of the University of New Mexico
  • Sonny Olguin, high school senior
  • Brennan Ollivier, high school senior
  • Angelo Gonzales, executive director, Mission: Graduate

Line Panalists

  • Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
  • Eric Griego, former state senator
  • Sophie Martin, attorney and editor of
  • Rachel Sams, editor of Albuquerque Business First


  • Sarah Gustavus

New Mexico in Focus is New Mexico PBS’ prime-time news magazine show covering the events, issues, and people that are shaping life in New Mexico and the Southwest. Hosted by Gene Grant, New Mexico in Focus takes a multi-layered look at social, political, economic, health, education and arts issues and explores them in-depth, with a critical eye to give them context beyond the "news of the moment.”

The producer of New Mexico in Focus is Sarah Gustavus with Kathy Wimmer, associate producer. NM PBS Public Affairs executive producer is Kevin McDonald.

Funding for New Mexico in Focus is provided in part by the McCune Charitable Foundation.

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