Mary Lou Cooper

Mary Lou Cooper reports on consumer issues for KSFR as well as on politics and elder affairs. She also assists radio journalist Dave Marash at KSFR, conducting research and booking for the “Here and There with Dave Marash” program. She has worked for the U.S. Congress as well as for the Nevada and Tennessee legislatures, and remains a political junkie. She worked many years for an association of Western state legislatures and was a contributor to “Capitol Ideas,” a national magazine about state government.  In 2016 Cooper received a public service award from the New Mexico Broadcasting Association for her KSFR story on Internet romance scams.  She has received journalism awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and from the National Federation of Press Women. She grew up in Oak Ridge, TN and received her BA from Emory University in Atlanta and her MA from the University of Texas Austin.  She also holds fiction and screenwriting certificates from the University of Washington.

Mary Lou Cooper speaks with Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth about the 2017 New Mexico legislative session. The 60-day session begins on Tuesday, January 17th, and confronts the body with both the need to address the budget shortfall, and to pass new bills.

We enter this first week of the new year of 2017 with a new series Effective Activism. What Is It? What Can Activists Do to Bring About Real Change?

Today we look at a movement much on the minds of disaffected voters—that is, reform of the Electoral College that would result in a sea change to the current system of electing the US President. Mary Lou Cooper brings us the story.

Last winter marked the warmest December-through-February on record for the lower 48 states. So what’s in store for us this winter?  Mary Lou Cooper brings us the story.

Last month Minneapolis journalist John Rosengren published "The Casino Trap" in AARP Bulletin. The story focused on aggressive marketing tactics that casinos are using to attract seniors. Rosengren explained that seniors fill off-peak hours in many of the casinos.

“Citizens should be provided with free unbiased information when they go to vote.”

This from Walker McKusick of voter site Project Vote Smart. The website helps voters sort through were politicians stand on the issues. Mary Lou Cooper has the story.

“Our intent is to be incognito and undercover," Stewart Rhodes said, speaking to KSFR’s Mary Lou Cooper about his group the Oath Keepers whom he has urged to go undercover at polling places on November 8th. The Oath Keepers has representation in New Mexico and is active in most United States. Their membership is said to exceed 30,000. The Southern Poverty Law Center reports the Oath Keepers as one of 998 active, extreme antigovernment groups that it identified in 2015. For the second part of this story, KSFR's Mary Lou Cooper spoke with the SPLC's Ryan Lenz.

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In August 2015 the Washington Post reported that shortly after Donald Trump declared his candidacy for president in June, Trump adviser Roger Stone wrote 13-page memo. That memo urged Trump onto a talking point that “the system is rigged against the citizens.”  Trump once uttered the word rigged seven times in just over a minute to describe the US political system.

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“The Odds of an Electoral College-Popular Vote Split Are Increasing.” That headline comes from Nate Silver, who this morning posted it on the influential political website Fluctuations in state voting trends reported by pollsters who cover the presidential election can feel like a roller coaster ride, but the outcome of the election does not lie directly with we the people, actually, but rather with the electoral college. KSFR's Mary Lou Cooper illuminates this 200-year-old system’s mysteries.

Gold Fools

Oct 20, 2016

If you’re considering buying physical gold for its beauty or as a secure investment, beware this bait-and-switch scam. KSFR’s Mary Lou Cooper brings advice from AARP's Dough Shadel about how to safely purchase gold.

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Shortly before last night’s news that the legislature will reconvene tomorrow, KSFR’s Mary Lou Cooper caught up with Representative Jimmie Hall. Hall is a House Republican who is Republican vice chair of the Legislative Finance Committee.


Hall also told Mary Lou Cooper that among the things off the table for the Republican caucus are cuts to Children Youth and Families Department, the state police and public safety, and Medicaid.




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"A far more serious problem than 2009." That’s how Democratic Senator John Arthur Smith who chairs the New Mexico Senate Finance Committee described New Mexico’s budget deficit to KSFR’s Mary Lou Cooper.

Since 2014 oil and natural gas prices in New Mexico have dropped precipitously.  While consumers welcome the prices at the pump, the impact on the New Mexico budget which typically receives up to 25% of general fund revenue from oil and gas has been devastating.

A recent BBC News report asked: Is retirement over? The notion of retirement began in the late 19th century in Germany, and it appears to be an idea that could very well be on its way out. That retirement is threatened is even more true for private-sector workers in New Mexico.

The National Safety Council estimates more than 400 drivers will die on U.S. roads this Labor Day weekend. Don't let road rage be one of the reasons. Mary Lou Cooper speaks with a AAA official.

Mary Lou Cooper interviews a very special guest today: Actor Alan Alda. He's been at UNM Health Sciences Center teaching medical staff and scientists how to communicate better. Dr. Richard Larson of UNM's Health Sciences Center says this is just the beginning of HSC's commitment to making docs better communicators with training.

KSFR consumer correspondent Mary Lou Cooper reports on how consumers can identify what is authentic, and what may not be, in Native American art.