Gene Grant, Host
Gene Grant is a veteran journalist and columnist in Albuquerque. He has worked at the Albuquerque Tribune, Albuquerque Journal, and Weekly Alibi. He has also contributed to Variety Magazine on the New Mexico film industry, and also penned the "Albuquerque On Film" column for Albuquerque the Magazine. Gene joined KNME in 2005 as a regular panelist on a half hour opinion show called THE LINE. Gene has hosted THE LINE since 2006, and is now the sole host of KNME’s hour long public affairs show, NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS. Gene is also a award-winning playwright, screenwriter and former congressional staffer. He is the father of two daughters, one, a graduate of both CNM and UNM.
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Gwyneth Doland, Correspondent
Gwyneth Doland works in print, online, radio and television journalism. She teaches multimedia journalism in the Communication and Journalism Department at UNM.
Gwyneth investigated corruption in state government in 2015 and 2012 for the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Center for Public Integrity. She was previously the executive director of the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, the editor of pioneering online news site The New Mexico Independent and a staff writer for the Santa Fe Reporter and Weekly Alibi.
She has served on the boards of the Journalism and Women Symposium and the Society of Professional Journalists, Rio Grande Chapter. The 2012 State Integrity Report was a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Her work has been honored with the First Amendment Award from the ACLU of New Mexico and her legislative reporting won first place from the New Mexico Broadcasters Association.
Antonia Gonzales, Correspondent.
Antonia Gonzales, anchor and producer of the radio program “National Native News,” is a member of the Navajo Nation and grew up in Arizona and New Mexico. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communication and journalism from the University of New Mexico and minored in Native American studies.
Antonia is a former board member of the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA), which serves and empowers Native journalists. She is also a recipient of the 2016 NAJA Richard LaCourse Award for her reporting on the Gold King Mine spill. Seeing a need for more Native journalists, she encourages Native youth to take an interest in the field—especially broadcasting—and she has done so by mentoring at NAJA conferences and by guest speaking via Skype with colleges in Montana and Canada. Antonia lives in Albuquerque with her husband and two sons.
Megan Kamerick, Correspondent
Megan Kamerick has been a journalist for 20 years, mostly in print and mostly in business, until she moved into television in 2012. Megan has produced New Mexico in Focus, as well as the NMPBS series “Public Square.” She’s the local host of “All Things Considered” weekday afternoons on KUNM radio. Megan also freelances in print and online.
Megan has produced stories for National Public Radio, Latino USA and Marketplace. She is passionate about getting women’s voices into media and is the former president of the Journalism & Women Symposium. Her TED talk on women and media was the first to go national from the TEDxABQ organization and it has more than 330,000 views.
Laura Paskus, Environmental Producer
Laura Paskus has worked as a print, online, radio, and television reporter since 2002, when she began her career at High Country News. She is currently a correspondent and producer for New Mexico PBS, for the monthly series, “Our Land: New Mexico’s Environmental Past, Present and Future.” She’s also working in collaboration with FRONTLINE on a year-long investigation into the military’s contamination of groundwater in New Mexico. Paskus was a 2019 Leopold Writing Program Resident and her book “At the Precipice: New Mexico’s Changing Climate,” is forthcoming in Fall 2020 from the University of New Mexico Press. She’s also a board member of the Society of Environmental Journalists.
Dede Feldman served for 16 years in the New Mexico Senate, where she was the author of landmark campaign finance, healthcare reform and consumer protection legislation. For over a decade, she chaired the powerful Senate Public Affairs Committee and the interim Health and Human Services Committee. She is the author of two books, “Inside the New Mexico Senate: Boots, Suits, and Citizens” and “Another Way Forward: Grassroots Solutions from New Mexico.” Before coming to the Legislature in 1997, she was a journalist, teacher and owner of a small public relations company. Dede has lived in Albuquerque’s North Valley for 44 years.
Dan Foley graduated from Cloudcroft High School and attended Western New Mexico University. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served active duty during Desert Shield/Storm and Operation Restore Hope. In 1994, Dan was honorably discharged along with his wife, Deborah, who also served as a Marine. They both attended Eastern New Mexico University.
Dan was elected to his first term in the New Mexico Legislature in 1998, immediately garnering awards for his service. Over 10 years, he served as the ranking member of House committees, including Judiciary, Business and Industry, and Voters and Elections. Colleagues selected Dan as minority whip. He was instrumental in working on legislation, from Megan’s Law to charter schools. Known for his fiery debates on the House floor, Dan still made many lasting friends across the aisle—proving you can disagree about policy and remain friends.
Dan and Deborah have four children.
Tom specializes in public relations, issue management and crisis communication strategies for businesses and organizations in the public and private sectors.
Before starting his Albuquerque-based company in 1997, Tom had an Emmy Award-winning career in television news. It included work in local and national markets out of Dallas/Fort Worth, Billings, Montana, Houston, Miami and Albuquerque.
The Garrity Group helps small businesses to be heard and large organizations to be understood. The firm provides media relations and community engagement services for companies and organizations with a presence in New Mexico.
Tom enjoys endurance athletic events has completed many marathons, ultramarathons and an Ironman.
In 2012, Tom’s contribution to the communications industry was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Public Relations Society of America, New Mexico Chapter. Tom is an alum of Texas Christian University and has two daughters.
Sophie is an Albuquerque-based attorney. She holds both a J.D. and an M.B.A. from the University of New Mexico (UNM) and a B.A. in theatre from Occidental College in Los Angeles. Sophie is a 2013 recipient of the National Association of Women Lawyers’ Award, a two-time honoree on the Albuquerque Business First’s Forty Under 40 list, and the 2012-2013 editor-in-chief of the New Mexico Law Review. She is the former publisher of the Duke City Fix, an Albuquerque-based city blog.
Sophie is a past president of the UNM Women’s Law Caucus and of the New Mexico Advertising Federation and serves on the board of Tricklock Company. Sophie is the former director of marketing & operations for Madstone Theaters. A former chief marketing officer for the UNM Anderson School of Management, she now teaches marketing and social media, nonprofit management, intellectual property law, and women’s leadership in the professional development programs for the school.
Serge Martinez is a law professor and a practicing attorney. In 2014, he joined the faculty at University of New Mexico School of Law, where he teaches and writes in the areas of property law and legal practice. He regularly supervises third-year law students in the Economic Justice Clinic, which represents individuals in landlord-tenant matters, workers’ rights cases and economic development work. Since 2019, Serge has been the Associate Dean for Experiential Learning at the School of Law.
Prior to joining the faculty of UNM School of Law, he taught at Hofstra University and at National Taiwan University College of Law. For several years, he worked as a staff attorney at the Urban Justice Center in New York City. Serge is a graduate of Brigham Young University and the Yale Law School.
Serge and his family regularly congratulate themselves on making the decision to relocate from New York City to New Mexico.
Laura E. Sanchez
Laura is the chief of staff for public policy at PNM and is an attorney with 16 years of experience practicing in business, government affairs and regulatory matters in New Mexico and Arizona. She has experience in environmental law as the former CEO of the New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce, and as a staff attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), where she worked on energy issues. Laura was also the executive director of the Democratic Party of New Mexico from 2007-2008.
Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, and a Master of Public Administration degree with a focus in public and nonprofit finance and local government, both from The University of Arizona. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the UCLA School of Law. Born and raised in Deming, New Mexico, Laura currently resides in Albuquerque.
H. Diane Snyder
Diane Snyder is the President and CEO of her own company, H.D. Snyder & Associates. The firm handles government affairs, political advocacy and special events management.
Snyder’s field of experience includes work in many different capacities, including as an association manager, human resources director and advocate for issues including small business, transportation, building and construction, rural water, and health and medical provider issues.
As a New Mexico State Senator from 2001-2008, she served as the ranking Republican on the Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee and as a member of Indian and Cultural Affairs Committee. She also served on the interim Water and Natural Resources and the Revenue Tax Policy and Revenue Stabilization Committees.
Diane has a bachelor’s degree from Texas Woman’s University and has participated in multiple ethics and leadership seminars, as well as the International Women’s Leadership conference at Oxford University in England.