News Team

  • Our team…

  • John Summers is an award-winning journalist who is proudly the News Director, overseeing the on-air and digital news product for KKOB. Summers was most recently Brand Manager and News Director for Saga News-Talk WHCU-AM & FM/Ithaca, NY. Prior to that, he was Regional Program Director and News Director for the KPQ-AM and KKWN-FM in Wenatchee as well as KONA-AM in Tri-Cities, WA. Summers’ news career also includes stops as Program Director-News Director at WIBW-AM & the Kansas Information Network/Topeka, KS, News Director at KHTS-AM/Santa Clarita, CA, as well as KOH-AM/Reno, NV.

    Also, Los Angeles, Riverside/San Bernardino, Palm Springs, Dallas, New Orleans, Chattanooga, Augusta, and Little Rock. John is married to his college sweetheart, Dana. They have three ‘furry’ children (two bulldogs and a pittie). They enjoy reading, hiking, traveling the globe, astronomy, rugby, American football, ice hockey, rodeo, and Aussie Rules Football, as well as dining on various cuisines in local restaurants. John and Dana lived out their Polynesian dream in the South Pacific islands of American Samoa, 2001 to 2005, operating radio stations. John has taught mass media, communications, and journalism courses over the years at three universities. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications and work on a master’s degree in National Security Studies from Cal State-San Bernardino.

  • Haylee Gonzales is an Albuquerque native with family roots dating back to the 1600s in the Rio Grande Valley. She attended Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado for her undergraduate degree and Newcastle University in northern England for her masters. Once graduating from the International Multimedia Journalism program, she took a work fellowship with BBC World Service in London, producing for the program “BBC Minute”. In 2017, she returned home to Albuquerque to be closer to family. Haylee then worked as a producer and reporter for Albuquerque’s CBS affiliate before joining the News Radio KKOB team in March of 2021. She enjoys camping, cooking, and won’t ever turn down the opportunity to two-step. Haylee’s passionate about explanatory journalism that keeps New Mexicans up to date on the things that matter to them most. 

  •  Mike Gaba joined the KKOB News Team in 2015 and anchors the award-winning PM news on KKOB radio. Gaba enjoys spending his time hiking and exploring National Parks. His witty interactions with hosts can be heard weekdays from 1pm-6:30pm

     

Sandoval County deputy arrested

Sandoval County deputy arrested

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) –Wednesday New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Special Agents with the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General Internet Crimes Against Children Unit conducted multiple search warrants in Sandoval County after receiving “CyberTips” from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.The investigation of child sexual exploitation determined the suspect…MORE

Bernalillo County fireworks ban

Bernalillo County fireworks ban

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) –The National Weather Service notes that New Mexico and much of the western United States are in a two-decade mega-drought considered the most extreme drought in the past 1,200 years, and predicts the drought will persist through July. This drought and current wildfire conditions leading to the Bernalillo County Commission voting to…MORE

Rivera patricide

Rivera patricide

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — APD homicide detectives charged Abelito Rivera Junior, for the murder of his father, Abelito Rivera Senior.Officers responded Tuesday morning just before 10, to a neighbor who reported Rivera Junior, pulled his father, who was apparently deceased, out of the home and covered him with dirt.Rivera Junior allegedly killed his father sometime…MORE

How cities in the West have water amid drought

How cities in the West have water amid drought

Santa Fe, NM (AP) — As drought and climate change tighten their grip on the American West, the sight of fountains, swimming pools, gardens and golf courses in cities like Phoenix, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Boise, and Albuquerque can be jarring at first glance. Western water experts, however, say they aren’t necessarily…MORE

Fatal crash claims life of ABQ man

Fatal crash claims life of ABQ man

Roosevelt County, NM (KKOB) — Monday around 2:00 a.m., the New Mexico State Police responded to a single-vehicle rollover on Westbound US 70, near Roosevelt Road 3, north of Portales, NM. The initial investigation indicated that a 2005 Chevy truck, driven by Septimus Goyahkla Tarango, 22, of Albuquerque, was traveling west on US 70 near…MORE

Albuquerque man chosen by the NMJPEC

Albuquerque man chosen by the NMJPEC

Santa Fe, NM (KKOB) — The New Mexico Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission (NMJPEC) has appointed Clay Campbell of Albuquerque as a new member. Campbell retired from the Second Judicial District Court in 2021 after serving as a civil judge for 16 years, where he handled about 1,500 cases a year. He was appointed to the Court in 2005.…MORE

APD arrests man for murder of father

APD arrests man for murder of father

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — APD homicide detectives charged Abelito Rivera, Jr., for the murder of his father, Abelito Rivera, Sr. Officers responded today about 9:50 a.m. to a neighbor who reported Rivera, Jr., pulled his father, who was apparently deceased, out of the home and covered him with dirt. Rivera Jr., allegedly killed his father…MORE

28 officers graduate APD’s 125th Cadet Class

28 officers graduate APD’s 125th Cadet Class

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — The Albuquerque Police Department graduated 28 police cadets today as the 125th Cadet Class. The new officers now bring the department’s total number of sworn officers to 903. The 125th Cadet Class is now the second graduating class under Commander Renae MecDermott. Commander McDermott oversees the Police Academy and has more than 30…MORE

Teen surrenders for Maverik gas station murder

Teen surrenders for Maverik gas station murder

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — Caprice Sicilia, one of five teens accused in the murder of a woman at the Maverik gas station last March has surrendered to police. The 17-year-old was booked Monday into the Bernalillo County Detention Center. APD Chief Harold Medina urged the other four suspects to surrender, as well. “These suspects have…MORE

17 counts for Perez

17 counts for Perez

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) –Seventeen counts of abuse of a child resulting in great bodily injury. The grand jury handed down that indictment Monday afternoon against Mario Perez.This as a result of middle schoolers injured onboard an Albuquerque Public Schools bus that went flying when a speeding Mustang, competing in a road race against Perez, broadsided…MORE