This week on New Mexico in Focus, Executive Producer Jeff Proctor speaks to attorney Ahmad Assed and journalist Julia Goldberg about the ongoing trial of armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed and the pending trial of actor/producer Alec Baldwin, each charged with involuntary manslaughter in the deadly shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the film "Rust" in 2021. In their two-part discussion, the pair break down the charges, the politics and the potential industry impacts. 

After winning a run-off election last fall, Albuquerque City Councilor Nichole Rogers began her tenure representing District 6 — the city's Southeast Heights — in January. This week, Senior Producer Lou DiVizio asks Rogers about her priorities for the district and what it means to her to be the first Black woman to serve on the council. 

A bill to bring affirmative consent policies to public universities and colleges across the state is headed to the governor's desk after passing the Legislature last week. The 'Yes Means Yes' legislation would require higher education institutions to include materials and resources in student orientation packages. Senior Producer Lou DiVizio speaks with Democratic state Rep. Liz Thomson and advocate Alexandria Taylor about the bill and how consent education can help prevent sexual assault. 

NMiF airs on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME HD) on Friday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 25 at 7 a.m., and streaming on the PBS video app. 

NMiF Segments
New ABQ City Councilor Nichole Rogers on District 6 Priorities 
Lou DiVizio 

Nichole Rogers, Albuquerque City Council, Southeast Heights 

Breaking Down the Facts of the Hannah Gutierrez-Reed Trial 
The Pending Alec Baldwin ‘Rust’ Trial and Surrounding Media Circus 

Jeff Proctor 

Julia Goldberg, Senior Correspondent, Santa Fe Reporter 
Ahmad Assed, Attorney 

Bill Brings 'Yes Means Yes’ Policies to NM Higher Ed 
Lou DiVizio 

Rep. Liz Thomson (D), Albuquerque 
Alexandria Taylor, Executive Director, New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs 

Lou DiVizio 

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

NMPBS Executive Producer, Public Affairs, is Jeff Proctor. New Mexico in Focus's senior producer for public affairs is Lou DiVizio. “Our Land” Senior Producer is Laura Paskus. The producer of New Mexico in Focus is Antonio Sanchez, and co-producer is Kathy Wimmer.

Funding for New Mexico in Focus is provided by the McCune Charitable Foundation and Viewers Like You.

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