This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Russell Contreras sits down with author and journalist Gustavo Arellano, creator of the formerly syndicated column “Ask a Mexican.” Arellano talks about the importance of alternative newsweeklies, free speech, and Latino representation in the media.

Host Gene Grant and a special Line opinion panel of local journalists continue to count down the stories that defined 2018. This week, they break down the top five stories of the year, and look at how those issues will impact the state moving into a new year.

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.


  • Gustavo Arellano, journalist and author


  • Russell Contreras


  • Mary Hudetz, reporter, Associated Press
  • Inez Russell Gomez, editorial page editor, Santa Fe New Mexican
  • Andy Lyman, reporter, New Mexico Political Report
  • Jeff Proctor, reporter, Santa Fe Reporter & New Mexico in Depth


  • 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.

Hosted by Gene Grant, 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 Sarah Gustavus with associate producer Kathy Wimmer. NM PBS Public Affairs executive producer is Kevin McDonald.

Funding for New Mexico in Focus is provided by the McCune Charitable Foundation, the Neeper Natural History Programming Fund for KNME TV and viewers like you.

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