NMiF talks legislature, politics with retired Santa Fe New Mexican reporter Steve Terrell

This week on New Mexico in Focus, senior producer Matt Grubs sits down with Steve Terrell, newly-retired from the Santa Fe New Mexican after four decades as a newspaper man. They talk about what’s changed over the years since Terrell first started covering the Legislature and New Mexico politics.

In this month’s installment of Our Land, correspondent Laura Paskus and the NMiF crew travel to the border to see firsthand construction of the new wall between the U.S. and Mexico and learn about the its impacts on wildlife and communities.

Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel examine a law that went into effect in July. The law lets judges order guns taken away from domestic violence offenders, but as KRQE-TV reports, it’s lightly used and has a big loophole. The Line opinion panelists also debate the consequences of stricter mandates governing SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). The new rules, approved last week by the Trump administration, could cut food aid to some 37,000 New Mexicans. With its final topic, The Line looks at the 10-day notices the City of Albuquerque gave two convenience stores to get these “nuisance properties” to make improvements for public safety.

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.   

Studio Guest

  • Steve Terrell, retired legislative reporter, Santa Fe New Mexican

Line Panelists

  • Janice Arnold-Jones, former state representative
  • Dan Foley, former state representative
  • Eric Griego, former NM state senator
  • Serge Martinez, professor, UNM School of Law 


  • Matt Grubs
  • Laura Paskus


  • 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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