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The Line: Journalists Make Predictions About Big Stories To Watch in 2019

Top Stories 2018

January 4, 2019 – 2019 will be a pivotal year for New Mexico. For starters, we have a new Governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham. And, we’re also looking at more than a billion dollars in new money in the state coffers. The upcoming 60-day legislative session will no doubt dominate the headlines early on in 2019, but there are plenty of other important stories to pay attention to as well. Host Gene Grant and a special Line panel of all working journalists lay out some predictions for the New Year, and preview some of the issues and people that will dominate their work in the year to come.


Line Panelists:
Inez Russell Gomez, editorial page editor, Santa Fe New Mexican
Mary Hudetz, reporter, Associated Press
Andy Lyman, reporter, New Mexico Political Report
Jeff Proctor, reporter, Santa Fe Reporter and New Mexico in Depth

For Further reading:
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The Line: Plea Deal For Former Martinez Official

April 20, 2018 – A plea deal for former Environment Department Secretary Ryan Flynn has been under scrutiny in local media outlets this year. Jeff Proctor and Justin Horwath recently wrote about new information they uncovered in public records requests for the Santa Fe Reporter and New Mexico in Depth. Gene Grant and this week’s Line opinion panelists discuss the case and who has access to plea deals when charged with drunk driving.

Also mentioned:

Columbia Journalism Review: A scrap over DWI coverage spurs accountability questions

Line Panelists:
Mark Boitano, former NM state senator
Viki Harrison, Common Cause New Mexico
Serge Martinez, professor, UNM School of Law
H. Diane Snyder, former NM state senator