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.

Education ...health ...economic well-being. These are the three areas that New Mexico Voices for Children is asking lawmakers to focus on leading up to next year's state legislative session. The children's advocacy group held a brainstorming session in Española recently, gathering momentum for an agenda of numerous ways Voices hopes to lift New Mexico out of its position as the worst in child poverty. KSFR’s Deborah Martinez attended the session and prepared this report:

Saturday and Sunday marked the 66th consecutive Traditional Spanish Market in downtown Santa Fe, with organizers hoping to meet or surpass last year’s $4-million boost to the local economy.  More than 230 artists participated this year. As KSFR’s Deborah Martinez reports, most are from New Mexico, and each had his or her distinctive roots on display.

Haven for Hope

Recently, more than 100 people gathered to hear about a new solution to provide wrap-around services and a place to live for Santa Fe’s homeless residents. 

Though the idea hasn’t gelled yet, participants—many from existing social service nonprofits—voiced support for the vision of a 10-to-15-acre home campus. The "One Door" blueprint is based on a program in Texas that’s aimed at reducing or even eliminating homelessness.  KSFR’s Deborah was at the meeting and brings us the story.

For years, New Mexico’s child welfare department has not had enough social workers in its protective services offices.  The vacancy rate remained at around 25-percent.  But department officials say that number has recently dropped significantly, thereby reducing the caseloads on overburdened workers unable to keep up with increasing reports of child abuse and neglect.


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  When children are removed from their homes and the case goes to court, they get entangled in an odyssey that can add to trauma.  But for 22 years now, a nonprofit group has been working on behalf of kids in the courts.  It’s called Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA:

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It’s Holy Week in the Catholic faith, and today is Good Friday, when Christians believe Jesus Christ was put to death on the cross. It’s also when many thousands of people flock to the famous northern New Mexico chapel called El Santuario de Chimayó. It was built 200 years ago by local villagers, and as we hear from KSFR’s Deborah Martinez, people have been coming ever since for a variety of personal reasons.

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Workers over 50 are increasingly changing jobs or careers for a couple of reasons:  they’re looking for better, higher-paying occupations. Or they’ve lost the pension. Or they’ve been laid off.  Last week KSFR’s Deborah Martinez shared the first part of her series on older adult workers — and programs that provide them training at Santa Fe Community College.  Today she travels to Española and meets a recent graduate of Northern New Mexico College.

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More than one-third of students at Santa Fe Community College who are over 50 are studying to earn degrees. Their reasons for putting off retirement vary from the simple desire to keep working, to life-changing experiences that propel older adults to re-tool and continue working to support their families. I recently spoke with several returning students about reinventing themselves in their later years and their enthusiasm for "staying off the couch." Here's the first of a two-part series, from the tutoring center on the SFCC campus.

Citizens United

A resolution on the State Senate floor to call a constitutional convention on the Citizens United decision, which allows for virtually unlimited political spending by corporations, passed 27 to 14 Wednesday on the Senate floor. Deborah Martinez reports on the debate that preceded the vote.

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When public schools budgets in New Mexico were cut by $46-million dollars in last fall’s special legislative session, educators’ morale sank.  Yesterday, though, dozens from around the state expressed a glimmer of hope, after a House committee approved a spending bill that would put some of that money back into the classroom.  As KSFR’s Deborah Martinez reports, legislators vowed to support public education and the rallying cry, “no more cuts.”

There were notes of hope tucked inside the latest report on child well-being in New Mexico that was released yesterday on the first day of the state legislature.  Advocates hope that both the gains, and areas that still need improvement, will spur lawmakers to provide more funding to fight child poverty – a persistent problem in the state.  As Deborah Martinez reports, the KIDS COUNT report shows children’s health has improved, but in several other indicators, New Mexico remains second to last among United States.

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New Mexico’s uninsured rate has fallen by 44-percent over the last six years, and 178,000 residents now have healthcare coverage, according to US government figures.  Another 884,000 people are covered through their employer.  Yesterday hundreds of people gathered at Santa Fe’s Unitarian Church to declare their support for the Affordable Care Act, applauding those advancements and urging Congress not to repeal it.  KSFR’s Deborah Martinez was there, and she brings us this report.

More than half of Americans ages 75 and up live alone, and one-quarter of older Americans’ lives are at risk because of loneliness.  Those are some of the statistics well-known to the several thousand people who attended a November 2016 conference presented by the Gerontology Association.  KSFR’s Deborah Martinez was awarded a fellowship to attend the conference in New Orleans. She spoke with experts on several issues affecting older Americans.

The chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts Jane Chu was at the Santa Fe Institute for a roundtable with New Mexico Senator Tom Udall. They discussed growing New Mexico's creative economy, which supplies our state with one out of 10 jobs. Earlier this year Senator Udall introduced the CREATE Act—Comprehensive Resources for Entrepreneurs in the Arts.  KSFR correspondent Deborah Martinez was there.

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Hundreds of New Mexico’s most dedicated child advocates brought their collective energy to bear on the third annual Kids Count Conference in Albuquerque recently.  As KSFR’s Deborah Martinez reports, the group intends to have an impact on the next legislative session in January, as lawmakers wrestle with dwindling cash for education, and discouraging data on children’s well-being in New Mexico.