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.

Last week’s announcement by Attorney General Hector Balderas clearing a majority of mental health providers of Medicaid fraud could add significant momentum to lawsuits against the state.  Several aspects of the process that halted payments to 15 of those providers and replaced most of them, have been questioned over the last several years.   KSFR’s Deborah Martinez reports on a whistleblower case that was settled before details became public, but whose payout could be just a fraction of the amount paid to providers who were wrongly accused.

State lawmakers in the House of Representatives passed a budget on Saturday, just past the halfway mark of this year’s 30-day session.  The three-and-a-half hour debate came after legislators had met behind closed doors earlier in the week – a move that had riled open government advocates.  KSFR’s Deborah Martinez reports on the weekend’s deliberations that included the demise of a Democrat-sponsored amendment meant to delay corporate tax cuts that will further shrink state revenue.

Dozens of students, parent and teachers from charter schools in New Mexico held signs and huddled together outside the state capitol last week to voice support for a movement that is growing across the U.S. As KSFR’s Deborah Martinez reports the “Schools Choice Week” event featured education secretary Hanna Skandera and performances from several performing arts charter schools.

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The deadline to sign up for health insurance coverage for 2016 is Sunday. One way to enroll is through a website called BeWellNM.com. That site also provides lists of experts who can help people pick the best plan for their situation and budget.  

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Tomorrow marks the forty-third anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court Case known as Roe versus Wade that legalized abortion.  Yesterday afternoon Catholics and other Christians attended a mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis in Santa Fe, before marching to the state capitol on the second day of the New Mexico State Legislature.  KSFR’s Deborah Martinez reports on the event and this year’s efforts to impose restrictions on a woman’s right to choose.  

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We’ve heard the statistics about New Mexico: last in job growth, highest unemployment rate, last in child well-being, and most recently, the state fell to 50th in the nation for child poverty.  Governor Susana Martinez’s State of the State address at the Roundhouse yesterday didn’t mention those numbers, and instead painted a rosier picture.  While her speech received rousing applause from supporters, critics shot much of it down, as we hear from KSFR’s Deborah Martinez.


The issue of Public Banking has been a big topic of discussion in New Mexico, led by our own late and great Craig Barnes and the group We Are People Here! I first spoke with Barnes and Nico Liken on the Radio Café in 2013. At that time Barnes described the growing interest in Public Banking and how it might fit into New Mexico’s economy.

2015 was the year several prominent figures were brought to justice for breaking the law.  The most recent case involved former Secretary of State Dianna Duran, who was sentenced for theft of campaign funds to fuel her gambling addiction.  Others included

Former Secretary of State Dianna Duran was sentenced to 30 days in jail today and is required to pay a $14,000 fine. State District Judge Glenn Ellington said Duran must report to the Santa Fe detention center on Friday morning at 9am to begin serving her 30-day sentence. KSFR’s Deborah Martinez was in the courtroom for Monday's sentencing and describes the scene. 

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In the midst of a sweeping new federal education law and shrinking state revenues, Governor Susana Martinez's administration is asking for an increase in funding to fill desk jobs and expand Pre-K programs, among other priorities.  KSFR's Deborah Martinez has more details on the two-point-nine-billion dollar schools’ budget.

Several dozen small business owners from Santa Fe heard from their state legislators at a continental breakfast held at Quail Run this week.  The event was sponsored by the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, ahead of next month’s 30-day session of the New Mexico State Legislature. KSFR’s Deborah Martinez was there, and she brings us this report.

Filling up at the gasoline pumps these days puts a smile on a consumer’s face, but in New Mexico those lower fuel costs mean lower revenues, and a tighter state budget.  That’s the reality state lawmakers are facing as they start the process of formulating a six-point-two-billion-dollar spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year that begins next summer.  KSFR’s Deborah Martinez reports the state now expects 232-milliondollars  in new money as they head into the next Legislative session, down from estimates of 293-million in August.


Next week New Mexico Public Education Department Secretary Hannah Skandera will present her agency’s budget request for the coming year. One of the items within PED’s budget will be charter schools, which the state has been approving in increasing numbers over the past few years.  KSFR’s Deborah Martinez reports on some of the concerns about charters by education advocates and administrators in Santa Fe.