PUBLIC SQUARE is a part of New Mexico PBS’ commitment to community engagement through meaningful dialogue. PUBLIC SQUARE allows for a substantive dialogue between citizens and state and local leaders. New Mexico PBS’ goal is to establish PUBLIC SQUARE as an integral component of its community service to New Mexico.
PUBLIC SQUARE began in 2010 with a grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and was a component of New Mexico PBS’ long-running public affairs program, NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS. With the increased funding, PUBLIC SQUARE will become a stand-alone multi-platform program. The online and social media components will provide a focal point for the program with online streaming of programs, additional information on topics, and an opportunity for the community to engage in an ongoing dialogue. PUBLIC SQUARE is hosted & produced by Megan Kamerick.
Megan Kamerick has been a journalist for 20 years, working in Milwaukee, San Antonio, New Orleans and Albuquerque. She joined “Public Square” in 2012 after eight years at the New Mexico Business Weekly, where she covered philanthropy, tourism, the film and media industry and economic development.
Megan received awards for investigative pieces, arts coverage, environmental stories, profiles, breaking news, radio interviews and her portrayal of women. She was named outstanding small business journalist in New Mexico by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s New Mexico office.
Megan holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in journalism from Marquette University. She is the immediate past president of the Journalism & Women Symposium. Her talk on women and media, delivered at TEDx Albuquerque, is available online at tedxabq.com.
“At Public Square, we highlight issues around poverty, education and family economic stability because those are key to building New Mexico into a better place to live for everyone,” Kamerick said. “To that end, we create a space for dialogue among community members and leaders that is often lacking in our current contentious political environment.”
Funded By The W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation established in 1930, supports children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society. Grants are concentrated in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and southern Africa. For further information on the foundation, please visit www.wkkf.org.