Fred Martino

Director of Content

Fred Martino is Director of Content at KRWG, leading our efforts on radio, television, and right here at . He also anchors the region's only television news magazine, Newsmakers, which airs Thursday at 7pm, Saturday at 5pm, and Sunday at 11am on KRWG-TV.

Fred was recruited by KRWG in 2008, when he joined New Mexico State University as an Assistant Executive Director of University Broadcasting and Director of Content for KRWG Public Media.  He came to New Mexico after nine years as the Director of News and Public Affairs for WGVU-TV/AM/FM at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  

Fred’s work at KRWG began with a new commitment to digital media.  The move quickly paid dividends, as was named the best online news site in the state by the New Mexico Associated Press in 2008.  Later, we received several best website awards in our division from the New Mexico Broadcasters Association.  The region’s home page has continued to grow and evolve, becoming one of the most active sites in the NPR Digital Services family.  In 2008, we also launched another successful digital venture, ensuring that all of KRWG-TV’s content is posted online.  Hundreds of thousands of people have watched our videos online over the last few years…and we continue to grow.

Our growth on radio and television has also been unprecedented.  We doubled our daily newscasts on KRWG-FM and our weekly pubic affairs programming also doubled from 30 minutes to one-hour.  KRWG-TV viewers are also enjoying an additional half-hour of programming.  The new programs on both stations, while very different, have the same name:  Fronteras-A Changing America.  The radio and television broadcasts focus on our vibrant border communities and the diversity of our local people.

Fred has also led efforts to bring diversity to the airwaves and to our digital audience here at .  Diversity in our staff, in the viewpoints we present, in the people we see and hear, and in the growing range of programming we develop.  In 2012, Fred launched a new initiative with the Government department at New Mexico State University.  The result:  a panel of students participated in two televised debates with local candidates.  Additional programs with area students continue each semester.  It’s another way KRWG is enriching the region’s educational opportunities while also bringing diversity to our programming.

With your support, we’ll continue to grow.  We also welcome your comments and story ideas anytime.  E-mail us…the address is

Thank you for helping to make KRWG one of the most innovative public media organizations in the nation.  We couldn’t do it without your help.

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Rep. Beto O'Rourke kicks off his Senate campaign

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Melissa Block

Mar 17, 2017

This week, NPR's Melissa Block was in southern New Mexico.  Block is traveling the nation, reporting for NPR's "Our Land" series.  Fred Martino spoke with her about what she's hearing from people across the country and what it is like to be a reporter when journalism is under attack.