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

     

Grants for Baby Boxes

Grants for Baby Boxes

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — The New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration, Local Government Division has announced they will provide $10,000 grants to local governments for surrender safety devices that allow infants to be safely and legally surrendered. Under the New Mexico “Safe Haven for Infants Act”, a surrender safety device, or “Baby Box” is…MORE

Roswell school bus crashes in Lincoln County

Roswell school bus crashes in Lincoln County

Lincoln County, NM (KKOB) — October 5, at about 8:51 a.m. the New Mexico State Police, was dispatched to a single vehicle rollover involving a school bus on U.S. Highway 70 near milepost 238 northeast of Tularosa.  The initial investigation indicates that a Roswell Independent School District bus that was transporting 8th graders from Mountain View…MORE

Increased syphilis testing for pregnant women

Increased syphilis testing for pregnant women

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — Citing the disturbing rise of syphilis cases in newborns, the New Mexico Department of Health has ordered an increase in syphilis testing of all pregnant women. New Mexico has seen a sharp increase in the number of congenital syphilis cases since 2017, and ranked first in the U.S. for rate of…MORE

Most Promising Engineer of the Year honor to Sandia scientist

Most Promising Engineer of the Year honor to Sandia scientist

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — Sandia National Laboratories research and development manager Bishnu Khanal was recently honored with the Most Promising Asian American Engineer of the Year award for his work in next-generation optical lithography process development for numerous technologies, along with his deep-reaching community service. Bishnu Khanal, working on an ion trapping system to trap…MORE

NM 3rd Congressional District candidate a “Young Gun”

NM 3rd Congressional District candidate a “Young Gun”

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — Republican 3rd Congressional District candidate Alexis Martinez Johnson has been recognized by the National Republican Congressional Committee, by making the GOP’s “Young Guns” list. To be a part of the “Young Guns” program, a candidate has to reach certain fundraising levels and demonstrate excellent messaging and communications. The honor means Martinez Johnson…MORE

Energy Efficiency Day

Energy Efficiency Day

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — On Wednesday, at 10:30 a.m., City Leaders including Sustainability Officer Kelsey Rader, Councilor Tammy Fiebelkorn, Prosperity Works Founder Emeritus and Clean Energy Leader Ona Porter, and community partners will showcase Albuquerque’s Energy Efficiency updates and proclaim “Energy Efficiency Day”. The event will be held at the North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center,…MORE

MDC officers found not guilty

MDC officers found not guilty

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — Metropolitan Detention Center officers Jonathan Sandoval and Keith Brandon were determined to be not guilty today of voluntary manslaughter charges in the 2019 death of inmate Vincente Villela. While the state argued it was a case of excessive use of force , the defense presented a toxicology report that found high…MORE

Luna Fire started by campfire improperly extinguished

Luna Fire started by campfire improperly extinguished

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — The Luna Fire in 2020 burned 10,142-acres in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. An investigation conducted by the US Forest Service has determined that the cause of the fire was an improperly built and/or extinguished campfire in a general forest area about one mile from the east end of the Rita…MORE

DVS, VA host PACT Act Town Hall meeting

DVS, VA host PACT Act Town Hall meeting

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — The New Mexico Department of Veterans Services (DVS) and the Albuquerque VA Regional Office (VARO) will host a PACT Act town hall meeting in Albuquerque on October 6. The meeting will be from 10 a.m.-noon at the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Bank of America Auditorium, located at 1701 4th Street SW,…MORE