This week on New Mexico in Focus, beyond mineral extraction and film production, how can New Mexico grow its economy? Correspondent Megan Kamerick talks to Economic Development Secretary Alicia Keyes about plans to attract larger companies and nurture start-up ventures.

Executive Producer Kevin McDonald sits down for New Mexico in Focus’ first one-on-one with the state’s new secretary of the Public Education Department, Karen Trujillo. They talk about her vision for educating New Mexico’s children and whether education policymakers need classroom experience.

Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s lukewarm approval rating in a national poll tallying the popularity of all 50 governors. The panelists also look at the alarming number of shootings in Bernalillo County so far this year, and explore different approaches between the cities of Santa Fe and Albuquerque when it comes to sheltering asylum seekers.

New Mexico PBS’ one-hour public affairs show New Mexico in Focus 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.

Studio Guests

  • Alicia Keyes, New Mexico Secretary of Economic Development
  • Karen Trujillo, New Mexico Secretary of Public Education

Line Panelists

  • Mark Boitano, former NM state representative
  • Martha Burk, political psychologist and women’s issues expert
  • Julie Ann Grimm, editor, Santa Fe Reporter      
  • H. Diane Snyder, former NM state senator


  • Megan Kamerick
  • Kevin McDonald


  • Gene Grant

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.

NMiF 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 Matt Grubs, with Kathy Wimmer, associate producer. The NM PBS Public Affairs executive producer is Kevin McDonald.

Funding for New Mexico in Focus is provided by the McCune Charitable Foundation and viewers like you.

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