Deborah Martinez

Deborah grew up in northern New Mexico (Chimayo and Los Alamos), and has had a long career in radio and television news across the US (Albuquerque, El Paso, Miami, San Francisco, San Jose and Santa Fe), picking up Associated Press and NM Broadcast Association awards along the way. She is also a professional actor, with co-starring roles in numerous TV shows (The Night Shift, Breaking Bad, Killer Women, In Plain Sight) and motion pictures (The Missing, Astronaut Farmer, Undocumented, The Resident). 

She is happy to be a part of the KSFR news team, and she welcomes your story ideas at dmartinez@ksfr.org.

One of the last bills passed by the New Mexico State Legislature was SB79, which would take unclaimed lottery prize money and put it into more scholarships for college students.  The bill passed the Senate on a vote of 35 to 4, and it also passed the House, but as KSFR’s Deborah Martinez reports, it has yet to gain approval from the governor, and her deadline to sign or veto bills is tomorrow.


Police say the U.S. Marshals Service has arrested two suspects wanted in the fatal shooting of a 24-year-old Army veteran at an ATM last month. Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Daren J. DeAguero said that Matthew Chavez, 25, and Veronica Trimble, 22, were arrested in Oklahoma on Friday. An Oklahoma television station reports that the pair were taken into custody at the Winstar Casino in Love County. Albuquerque police say Chavez shot Lackey Feb. 5 after an attempted robbery at an ATM in the city, and that Trimble was with him at the time.

Santa Fe County is moving quickly toward building an open space trail that will expand hikers’ and bicyclists’ enjoyment of the outdoors.  KSFR’s Deborah Martinez spoke with project manager Colleen Baker about details of a new portion of the El Camino Real Trail.  It’s one of the longest stretches of trail to be completed by the county in a short time, and in coordination with local, state and federal governments.

A former corrections officer in New Mexico has been sentenced to three years of probation in a drug trafficking case. Prosecutors say 21-year-old Edward Owens, of Santa Fe, was sentenced Wednesdayin federal court in Albuquerque. He was accused of participating in a conspiracy to distribute Buprenorphine, more commonly known as Suboxone.

As predicted, the majority of voters in Tuesday’s municipal election came from District 1 on Santa Fe's north side, where Renee Villareal beat out three rivals to become one of Santa Fe’s newest city councilors.  None of the other council races in town had more than one candidate.  In District 4 on the city’s southside, Mike Harris will be the other new face on the city council.

A former New Mexico state senator who resigned abruptly last year is facing criminal charges related to his role in the sale of a state-owned building. The New Mexico Attorney General's Office has filed a nine-count criminal complaint against Phil Griego in connection with the real estate deal. According to the complaint, the former Democratic senator used his role as a legislator to receive personal compensation and then failed to disclose the filing as required by state law. The complaint filed in district court in Santa Fe Monday says Griego withheld the commission owed to each of his qu

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has signed a bill that would give state judges full access to the criminal histories of violent offenders, including some juveniles. The bill, called "Jaydon's Law," is in reference to Jaydon Chavez-Silver, an Albuquerque teenager who was shot and killed at a party last summer. The legislation would change the state's Criminal Procedure Act to give judges access to an adult's youth records, which currently is not allowed under state law. It would not apply to any crimes committed before age 14.

There are also two candidates running for the seat that is open with the retirement of Municipal Court Judge Ann Yalman. KSFR’s Deborah Martinez interviewed candidate Ignacio Gallegos. 

This week we’ve been hearing from candidates for Santa Fe City Council seats, in advance of next month’s election.  There are also two candidates running for the seat that is open with the retirement of Municipal Court Judge Ann Yalman. Today, KSFR’s Deborah Martinez interviews one candidate in the Municipal Judge race, Virginia Vigil. 

During the waning hours of the New Mexico State Legislature the Senate passed several bills that would enhance early learning for at-risk students and one aimed at expanding the scope of film projects that would qualify for tax credits.  KSFR’s Deborah Martinez has more.