This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Megan Kamerick interviews New Mexico Secretary of Economic Development Alicia Keyes on new legislation designed to boost film and television production in the state. Kamerick also sits down with instructors from film technician training programs at UNM and CNM to talk about courses designed to prepare students for jobs with the burgeoning film industry in New Mexico. 

Correspondent Gwyneth Doland heads to Los Lunas to follow U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham as he tours parts of the state. New Mexico has large groups of hard-to-measure people and Dillingham came to the state this week at the urging of U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich. 

Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists debate the efforts by Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller and District Attorney Raúl Torrez to get the state’s Second Judicial District Court to reverse its path of shifting felony cases away from grand juries–a move the two disagree with but which the court says is necessary. They also discuss Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s plea for the federal government to reimburse the state for providing aid to asylum-seeking migrants.  

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 J. Keyes, New Mexico Secretary of Economic Development 
  • Jim "Grubb" Graebner, head, Film Technician Training Program, CNM 
  • Matthew McDuffie, professor of practice, Film & Digital Arts, UNM  

Field Guests

  • Tom Udall, U.S. Senator 
  • Steven Dillingham, U.S. Census Bureau Director 

Line Panelists 

  • Merritt Allen, owner and executive director, Vox Optima LLC 
  • Jeffrey Candelaria, Konnection Now & host on KKOB 
  • Stephanie Maez, executive director, ProgressNow New Mexico 
  • Cathryn McGill, founder/director, NM Black History Organizing Committee

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.

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