This week on New Mexico in Focus, senior producer Matt Grubs sits down for an in-depth conversation with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham about her ambitious goal of raising New Mexico’s public education system to be the best in the country. Less than a month after firing her education secretary, the governor picked Ryan Stewart to lead the Public Education Department.

Gene Grant and The Line opinion panelists debate qualifications of Ryan Stewart as secretary-designate of New Mexico’s Public Education Department. Lujan Grisham introduced Stewart on the first day of the new school year for much of the state. The Line also looks at the possibility of reshaping New Mexico’s Public Regulation Commission, currently an elected body that regulates utilities, telecommunications, and motor carrier industries. In The Line’s final topic, the panel will discuss the state’s denial of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) requests for New Mexico workforce records. 

NMiF then goes to the Albuquerque’s International District to see how neighbors working with the Nature Conservancy and Rocky Mountain Youth Corps have transformed a vacant dirt lot into a pop-up public park. Among the goals for the project are to build community and help add greenery to one of the hottest parts of New Mexico’s biggest city. 

New Mexico PBS’ one-hour public affairs show New Mexico in Focus regularly airs Friday at 7 p.m. and repeats Sunday at 7 a.m. on Chanel 5.1, and Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. on Channel 9.1, except during pledge drives.

Studio Guest

  • Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, (D) New Mexico

Correspondents

  • Matt Grubs

Line Panelists

Host

  • 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.

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

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