This week on New Mexico in Focus correspondent Laura Paskus continues her series of interviews with journalists around the state as they cover COVID-19 in their communities.

Diego Lopez, a reporter with the Cibola Citizen in Grants, visits with Paskus and discusses why city leaders are clashing in the western New Mexico town as the mayor has demanded businesses be allowed to reopen, despite the governor’s public health order.

Navajo Nation leaders and health officials are working around the clock fighting COVID-19 while providing relief to tribal citizens with food, water, firewood and other supplies. There have been more than 100 deaths in the outbreak, but many people have recovered or are in the recovery process. 

Correspondent Antonia Gonzales talks with a Navajo citizen who shares his COVID-19 recovery story and a Navajo journalist whose recent piece in the New York Times highlighted some reasons why the virus is spreading so rapidly across Navajo land.

Senior producer Matt Grubs looks at COVID-19’s impact on the Northwest part of the state. The Gallup lockdown has kept Grants’ Cibola General Hospital busy. In Farmington, San Juan Regional Medical Center has seen an uptick in cases just this week. San Juan’s CEO and a chief nursing officer at Cibola General discuss the impact on both hospital operations, and the doctors and nurses who are treating those infected by the novel coronavirus.

Ramadan, a month of fasting, prayer, reflection and community in the Islamic faith, began April 23 with Muslims worldwide knowing this would be an observance unlike any they’d experienced. Correspondent Megan Kamerick speaks with three Muslims in Albuquerque to learn how they are adapting to this new reality and observing principles of service and community while staying apart.

Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel discuss COVID-19 updates, including Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s newest decisions. The Line also looks at current and long-term effects of COVID-19 on the New Mexico tourism industry.

New Mexico in Focus is involved, informed, in-depth media airing weekly on New Mexico PBS. The program debuts Friday nights at 7 p.m. on NMPBS 5.1(KNME-HD) and appears online shortly thereafter. The show rebroadcasts on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME-HD) Sundays at 7 a.m. and on NMPBS 9.1 (WORLD) on Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.    


COVID-19 in Grants, NM
Correspondent - Laura Paskus
Guest - Diego Lopez, reporter, Cibola Citizen

COVID-19 Survival and Recovery on the Navajo Nation

Correspondent - Antonia Gonzales
Guests - Lewis Joe, Navajo citizen, COVID-19 survivor and Sunnie Clahchischiligi, Navajo journalist and UNM doctoral student

Hospitals in Northwest New Mexico Respond to the Outbreak

Correspondent - Matt Grubs
Guests - Maria Atencio, RN, Nursing Officer, Cibola General Hospital and Jeff Buorgeois, CEO, San Juan Regional Medical Center

Ramadan and COVID-19

Correspondent - Megan Kamerick
Guests - Rahim Alhaj, composer and master oud player; Samia Assed, human rights activist and organizer; and Khadijah VanBrakle, children’s author 

The Line Opinion Panel
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Sophie Martin, attorney
Edmund E. Perea, attorney and public safety analyst

Host - Gene Grant

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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