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

     

Cat tests positive for rabies in De Baca County

Cat tests positive for rabies in De Baca County

Santa Fe, NM (KKOB) — The New Mexico Department of Health is urging pet and livestock owners in De Baca County and surrounding areas to vaccinate their animals against rabies after a cat tested positive for rabies this week. This is the first cat that has tested positive for rabies in De Baca County based…MORE

Operation Holiday Cheer commences

Operation Holiday Cheer commences

T or C, N.M. (KKOB) — The New Mexico Department of Veterans Services and the NMDOH are kicking off Operation Holiday Cheer 2022. Launched three years ago, the operation urges New Mexicans to send Christmas holiday season cards to bring cheer to residents and staff of the state veterans homes in Truth or Consequences and Fort Bayard.…MORE

AAA Weekend Gas Watch

AAA Weekend Gas Watch

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — The statewide gas price average in New Mexico is $3.26 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel, according to the AAA New Mexico Weekend Gas Watch. That price is ten cents less when compared to this day last week and nine cents less per gallon than on this day last year. Of…MORE

New Mexico’s Top Tacos

New Mexico’s Top Tacos

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — Carne asada, el pastor, barbacoa. Not to mention burritos, gorditas, tortas, quesadillas, menudo and mariscos. All those, and more, can be found at “El Paisa ” restaurant in Albuqueruqe, which has been ranked No. 97 on the list of “Yelp’s Top 100 Tacos Spots in America.” The “City Different” making the…MORE

Fire at residence on Virginia St. NE

Fire at residence on Virginia St. NE

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — Today at approximately 9:26am Albuquerque Fire Rescue was dispatched to Virginia St NE for reports of a residential structure fire. Rescue 5 arrived on scene and reported a working fire in a small single story casita with smoke coming from the residence. Engine and Rescue 5 performed simultaneous search and fire…MORE

No jail time for Melo-Fernandez

No jail time for Melo-Fernandez

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — Earlier this year, Marco Melo-Fernandez pleaded no contest to knowingly leaving the scene in 2017, where there was great bodily harm or death. The incident involving Melo Fernandez crashing into a car on I-25, near San Antonio that was carrying Annamarie Garcia, killing her. He then fled the scene. Melo-Fernandez has…MORE

Law Enforcement Academy Board to meet

Law Enforcement Academy Board to meet

Santa Fe, NM (KKOB) — The New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Board (LEAB) will hold a virtual meeting at 9 a.m., Thursday, December 1, 2022. The LEAB will host public comments, review law enforcement officer and public safety telecommunicator certification, set meeting dates for 2023, approve the appointment of a hearing officer, and will consider…MORE

NM House Republicans elect leaders

NM House Republicans elect leaders

NM House Republicans elect leaders Santa Fe, NM (KKOB) — House Republicans met in Albuquerque after the election to caucus and elected their leadership. House Republicans selected Rep. Ryan Lane (Aztec) for Minority Leader, Rep. Jason Harper (Rio Rancho) for Minority Whip, and Rep. Gail Armstrong (Magdalena) for Minority Caucus Chair. House Republican Leader Jim…MORE

DVS Pueblo & Tribal Liaison Beverly Charley honored

DVS Pueblo & Tribal Liaison Beverly Charley honored

Santa Fe, NM (KKOB) — New Mexico Department of Veterans Services (DVS) Pueblo & Tribal Liaison Beverly Charley has been recognized by New Mexico Magazine as one of eleven recipients of its 2022 New Mexico True Heroes Award. The announcement was made by New Mexico Tourism Department Cabinet Secretary Jen Schroer in a videotaped message…MORE