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 arrests man who fired at officers

APD arrests man who fired at officers

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — The Albuquerque Police Department has arrested Christian Wood, 26, who fired at APD officers after stealing and attempting to dismantle a city-owned bait vehicle.  On January 21, 2023 Wood stole an APD bait-car in the area of Gibson and Yale. Wood is known to Auto Theft Detectives as a repeat auto…MORE

Help the FBI find the Orange Raincoat Raider

Help the FBI find the Orange Raincoat Raider

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — The FBI and Albuquerque Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance to identify the Orange Raincoat Raider, who attempted to rob Bank of America, 2011 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE, at approximately 3:03 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023. Suspect’s Description: Sex: Female Race: Hispanic Height: Approximately 5’4″ Hair: Salt and pepper…MORE

Have you seen the Sports Sweatshirt Swindler?

Have you seen the Sports Sweatshirt Swindler?

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — The FBI and Albuquerque Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance to identify the Sports Sweatshirt Swindler, who robbed Wells Fargo, 1406 Bridge Blvd SW, at approximately 3:57 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. Suspect’s description: Sex:  Male Race: White Height: Approximately 5’9″ Age: 50s Build: Thin Clothing: Dark hat, sunglasses,…MORE

Dangerous roads

Dangerous roads

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — A new report from the Department of Transportation reveals that the roads in Bernalillo County are more than eight times more deadly than the national average. Local statistics validating that report. From 2016 to 2020, there have been five deadly crashes just at the Central and Wyoming intersection. The three-mile stretch…MORE

Martin Osoria arrested

Martin Osoria arrested

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — Thirty-three year old Martin Osoria’s charged with the murder of Felipe Vigil on Central Street, January 1st. APD’s Shot Spotter system detected gunshots 15 seconds after surveillance shows Osoria running after Vigil. An autopsy revealed Vigil was hit four times, and two of the wounds were at an angle consistent with…MORE

Federal water money for Native American tribes

Federal water money for Native American tribes

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — The Biden administration announced Thursday fifteen Native American tribes get a total of $580 million in federal money this year for water rights settlements. The AP reporting that the Navajo Nation will receive $137 million for an ongoing project to bring drinking water to members in northwestern New Mexico and the…MORE

UNM study shows most polluted communities

UNM study shows most polluted communities

Albuquerque, N.M. (KKOB) — A new report from The University of New Mexico examines which communities in the state are most impacted by pollution. The report found that facilities, such as power plants and gas processing plants, contribute approximately one-quarter of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. It says many communities most impacted are lower-income and have high…MORE

BernCo gets grant from the Federal Highway Administration

BernCo gets grant from the Federal Highway Administration

Bernalillo County, NM (KKOB) — U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced on Wednesday a historic $800 million in grant awards for 510 projects through the new Safe Streets and Roads for All Grant Program and Bernalillo County is one of the recipients. Bernalillo County has been awarded a $6.3 million grant by the Federal Highway…MORE