This week on New Mexico in Focus, Executive Producer Jeff Proctor chats with Santa Fe Reporter Editor and Publisher Julie Ann Grimm about the capital city’s 2023 election results, including the overwhelming passage of a 3% excise tax on high-end homes.  

New Mexico is grappling with a shortage of medical professionals, especially nurses. Recent reporting from New Mexico In Depth’s Marjorie Childress highlights the problem, which at one point this summer left the state short 7,000 nurses. Senior Producer Lou DiVizio hosts a table discussion to ask how legislators and hospitals can help address the problem.  

The 1970s were a time of change in New Mexico's newsrooms. The decade was so full of turmoil and innovation that the Albuquerque Museum is highlighting it in its latest temporary exhibit, "News for the People." Producer Antonio Sanchez and photojournalist Robert McDermott take you on a trip through the exhibit, speaking with a curator about some of the trailblazers and asking a retired reporter how journalism has changed since she started at the Albuquerque Journal nearly 50 years ago. 

We mark this weekend's Veteran's Day with a special segment on the dedication of the Vietnam Women's Memorial in Washington, D.C.   New Mexico PBS Cultural Affairs Producer Faith Perez interviews two nurses who say the memorial brought them the recognition and acceptance they never received after the war. 

NMiF airs on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME HD) Friday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 12 at 7 a.m., and streaming on the PBS video app.   

NMiF Segments

Analyzing Santa Fe’s 2023 Election Results 

Jeff Proctor 

Julie Ann Grimm, editor & publisher, Santa Fe Reporter 

NM’s Healthcare Workforce Shortage 
Lou DiVizio 

Trip Jennings, executive director, New Mexico In Depth 
Holly Muller, chief nursing officer, Presbyterian Healthcare Services 

“News for the People: Local Journalism in the 1970s” 
Antonio Sanchez 

Robert McDermott 

Jonathan Wright, history curatorial assistant, Albuquerque Museum 
Denise Tessier, retired journalist 

30th Anniversary of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial 
Faith Perez 

Jane Carson, Vietnam Veteran 
Dotty Beatty, Vietnam Veteran 

Lou DiVizio 

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.

NMPBS Executive Producer, Public Affairs, is Jeff Proctor. New Mexico in Focus 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.

Funding for Our Land: New Mexico’s Environmental Past, Present & Future, is provided in part by the Neeper Natural History Programming Fund for KNME-TV.