News Team

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  • John Summers is an award-winning longtime veteran of broadcast journalism, proudly serving as the News Radio KKOB News Director, overseeing the on-air and digital news product. Summers was, before landing in ABQ, the Brand Manager and News Director for Saga NewsTalk WHCU-AM & FM/Ithaca, NY. Prior to that, he was Regional Brand Manager and News Director for KPQ-AM and KKWN-FM in Wenatchee, as well as KONA-AM in Tri-Cities, Washington. Summers’ radio ‘tour of duty’ shows a long list of both on-air and voiceover activities at various Los Angeles broadcast facilities, as well as Riverside/San Bernardino, Palm Springs, Dallas, New Orleans, Topeka, Chattanooga, Augusta, Little Rock and Reno. This includes the CBS/Westwood One Radio Networks, Fox Sports Network, and the Kansas Information Network. John’s married to his college sweetheart, Dana. They enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities, globetrotting, astronomy, New Zealand rugby, American football, scuba diving, ice hockey, rodeo, and Aussie Rules Football. John and Dana lived out their Polynesian dream in the South Pacific islands of American Samoa, 2001 to 2005, as co-owners and operators of TV and radio stations. John loves to teach and is an adjunct professor having 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

     

APD identifies man shot by authorities

APD identifies man shot by authorities

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — APD investigators released the identity of the man who was fatally shot by police during a struggle over a gun in front of the Walmart in Northeast Albuquerque last week. Detectives attempted to detain Mark Benavidez on Thursday, April 11, 2024, as part of an investigation into several armed robberies. Moments…MORE

Revised oil and gas rules

Revised oil and gas rules

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — The Bureau of Land Management announced revised rules for oil and gas leasing on federal land, including New Mexico. The rules and framework governing those leases haven’t been updated in decades. The revisions bring new financing regulations and the first royalty rate increase in more than 100 years. Department of the…MORE

AFR active this weekend

AFR active this weekend

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — AFR had a busy weekend. At eight Saturday morning, AFR was sent to the 700 block of Barelas Road Southwest and Cromwell Avenue, due to a blaze at a single-family home. An RV behind the house was ignited and ended up as a complete loss. Then, Saturday morning at eleven, along…MORE

Rio Rancho noise ordinance

Rio Rancho noise ordinance

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — The Rio Rancho City Council has signed off on changes to its noise ordinance. It replaces vague language with more specific limits like allowable decibel levels. At Thursday’s city council meeting, many spoke out including Rio Rancho Police Chief Stewart Steele, who said the old system made it hard to cite…MORE

AFRL’s Aloha Telescope celebrates 10-year anniversary

AFRL’s Aloha Telescope celebrates 10-year anniversary

Kirtland Air Force Base, NM (KKOB) — It’s been 10 years since the Air Force Research Laboratory, or AFRL, successfully launched the astronomy outreach program called Aloha Explorations at the Air Force Maui Optical and Supercomputing site, or AMOS, in Maui, Hawaii. The STEM outreach project involving AFRL, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the…MORE

House and Senate Republicans stand against mandatory 5-day school week

House and Senate Republicans stand against mandatory 5-day school week

Santa Fe, NM (KKOB) — House and Senate Republicans over the weekend voiced their continuing opposition to the Public Education Department’s (PED) recent rule change that will effectively eliminate the four-day school week option for districts across the state. This opposition was expressed in a letter to PED Cabinet Secretary Arsenio Romero that was signed…MORE

APD detectives arrest suspect for stabbing death

APD detectives arrest suspect for stabbing death

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — APD detectives arrested Juan Carlos Garcia for the April 7, 2024, stabbing death of Luis Romero after a confrontation over an alleged $300 debt. Detectives tracked down Garcia, 24, Sunday and arrested him on a warrant for open count of murder. Homicide detectives charged Garcia on April 9, and police have…MORE

Former police officer upset

Former police officer upset

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — Former New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas, is upset. A little over a month after the Old Town bar Outpost 1706 was broken into costing Kassetas, the co-owner, around $3,000 in damages and stolen property, the suspect is free to roam the streets until trial. It’s a frustrating pattern for…MORE

Retaining Educators Takes Added Investment Now Act

Retaining Educators Takes Added Investment Now Act

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich announced he is backing a bill that, if passed, would provide tax incentives for educators in at-risk schools. Sen. Dick Durbin introduced the Retaining Educators Takes Added Investment Now Act, known as the RETAIN Act. If passed, the RETAIN Act would create a fully refundable tax credit…MORE

Getting specific about noise

Getting specific about noise

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — The Rio Rancho City Council has signed off on changes to its noise ordinance. It replaces vague language with more specific limits like allowable decibel levels. At Thursday city council meeting, many spoke out including Rio Rancho Police Chief Stewart Steele who said the old system made it hard to cite…MORE