This week on New Mexico in Focus Executive Producer Jeff Proctor speaks with Marshall Martinez of Equality New Mexico about celebrating Pride month and the current state of LGBTQ rights in the Southwest.  

Correspondent Russell Contreras sits down with Dr. Karen Sanchez-Griego, a former superintendent of the Cuba Independent School District. Sanchez-Griego speaks on the state’s graduation rates and how the state’s public education can improve.  

In 2021, Project ECHO at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center began a climate program with web-based trainings on health care decarbonizing, climate justice and health equity. Dr. Joanna Katzman directs Project ECHO’s Public Health Initiatives, and she talks about the importance of training health care professionals to recognize how climate change affects patient health — and how to find solace for their own climate anxiety. 

Courtesy of the Koahnic Broadcasting Corporation, correspondent Antonia Gonzales takes us to the Native Youth Olympics in Anchorage, Alaska, where young athletes are encouraged to strive for their personal best while keeping in touch with tradition. 

NMiF airs on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME HD) on Friday, June 21 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 23 at 7 a.m., and streaming on the PBS video app.    

NMiF Segments 
Pride Month in NM and the Landscape for LGBTQ Rights 

Jeff Proctor 

Marshall Martinez, executive director, Equality New Mexico 

Former Superintendent on Improving NM Public Education 

Russell Contreras 

Dr. Karen Sanchez-Griego, former superintendent, Cuba Independent School District 

Climate Care for the Public 

Laura Paskus 

Dr. Joanna Katzman, director of Project ECHO’s Public Health Initiatives, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center 

The 2024 Native Youth Olympics 

Antonia Gonzales 

Kunaq Marjorie Tahbone, emcee 
Adrianna Chalusiq Johnston, official 
Sean Moonin, Toe Kick winner 
Jonathan Wilson, coach 
Kaytlynne Lewis, coach 
Lydia Alverts, official 
Adele Kuyuk Villa, coordinator 

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.

Funding for the Your New Mexico Government Project comes from the Thornburg Foundation and New Mexico Local News Fund.

The Neeper Natural History Programming Fund for KNME-TV provides funding for Our Land: New Mexico’s Environmental Past, Present & Future.