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.

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.

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