This week, New Mexico in Focus looks at a problem that may be more prevalent than most realize. According to the National Center for Homeless Education, more than 10,000 students in New Mexico experienced homelessness during the 2014-2015 school year. NMiF Producer Sarah Gustavus sits down with local advocates to discuss the challenges students face when they don't know where they are going to sleep at night. 

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.

Correspondent Russell Contreras sat down last week with civil rights leader and New Mexico native Dolores Huerta, who co-founded what is now the United Farm Workers (UFW) along with Cesar Chávez.  Huerta talked about the current political climate in the United States, her history of organizing, and why she is hopeful for the future. An excerpt from the conversation, which can be seen in full on the web, will be shown in this week’s episode.

Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists debate some of the top stories in the news, including the Martinez administration's new guidelines for teacher evaluations and sick leave, the firing of UNM basketball head coach Craig Neal, and how New Mexico women are faring when it comes to equal pay.

Studio Guests

  • Tonna Burgos, executive director of student services, Rio Rancho Public Schools
  • Gaile Herling, program coordinator, Santa Fe Public Schools Adelante Program 
  • Kate Telis, development and communications director, CLNkids
  • Patrick Scott, liaison, APS Title I Homeless Project
  • Dolores Huerta, civil rights leader and co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers (UFW).

Line Panelists

  • Janice Arnold-Jones, former state representative
  • Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
  • Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP
  • Antoinette Sedillo López, executive director of Enlace Comunitario


  • Russell Contreras
  • 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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