This week on New Mexico in Focus, we wrap up our countdown of the top stories of 2021, with a special Line opinion panel of working journalists from across the state. Host Gene Grant and the group begin with the fifth-biggest story of the year, and work down to the top story of the year. No surprise, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will make an appearance or two on this list.

Also this week, Environment Reporter Laura Paskus reached out to many of her sources from the last several years to get thoughts and reflections on where we are as a state in combatting climate change and setting some goals for 2022 and beyond. New Mexico in Focus returns in 2022 with brand new episodes and don’t forget you can stream the show anytime on the PBS app.

New Mexico in Focus airs on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME HD) Friday, Dec. 31 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 2 at 7 a.m., and streaming on the PBS video app.

Environmental Musings

Matthew Hurteau, ecologist and professor, UNM Biology Department
Valerie Rangel, author, “Environmental Justice in New Mexico: Counting Coup”
Sofia Jenkins-Nieto, director of operations, UNM LEAF

The Line opinion panel
Julie Ann Grimm, editor and publisher, Santa Fe Reporter
Algernon D’Ammassa, reporter, Las Cruces Sun News
Dan McKay, Albuquerque Journal Capitol Bureau
Jessica Onsurez, news director, Carlsbad Current Argus

Gene Grant

New Mexico in Focus is the 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 art 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. 

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