This week on New Mexico in Focus, senior producer Matt Grubs talks with elections expert Lonna Atkeson and advocate Maria Perez on whether the time is right for Albuquerque to use ranked-choice voting in its city elections.   

Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists debate the proposed idea of building a fence around the University of New Mexico’s main campus to address safety issues. They also wrestle with the looming threat to the state’s economy of tariffs on goods imported from Mexico, and discuss why former Gov. Susana Martinez is back in the news with new developments concerning a high-profile lawsuit.   

New Mexico PBS’ one-hour public affairs show New Mexico in Focus 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.


  • Gene Grant      


  • Matt Grubs   

Studio Guests

Line Panelists

  • Eric Griego, former NM state senator 
  • Kristelle Siarza, CEO, Siarza Social Digital 
  • H. Diane Snyder, former NM state senator 
  • Harry Van Buren, professor in the UNM Anderson School of Management 

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.

NMiF 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 Matt Grubs, with Kathy Wimmer, associate producer. The NM PBS Public Affairs executive producer is Kevin McDonald.

Funding for New Mexico in Focus is provided by the McCune Charitable Foundation and viewers like you.

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