“Hi I’m Sam and I’m an Intercultural Communication and Spanish major at UNM; I plan on going to law school after I finish my undergraduate degree. I enjoy learning all aspects of production and as an employee at New Mexico PBS I hope to become familiar with audio as well as graphics. Working at New Mexico PBS makes me feel like part of a community of highly motivated students and it also makes me aware of important local events and social issues. In my free time I like to practice yoga, travel, and read.”
“My name is Brandon Ballejos. I am going to be a senior at UNM getting my bachelor’s in Biology. I want to go into Physical Therapy with a concentration in Homeopathic Healing. I love to read, especially strange fiction and mysteries, and write and babble continuously on all of my amazing revelations about this world. I always love to get lost on random adventures with my friends, but nothing compares to spending time with my large and overly close family. Working at New Mexico PBS has been a wonderful experience that I will never forget, from the important people to the inner workings of a TV station.”
Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Danielle studied English & American Studies at the University of New Mexico. She interned at New Mexico PBS from 2002 to 2008.
“I began my internship with NMPBS (KNME then) during high school. My APS high school offered an internship program around the city. Throughout my childhood, and still today, I am captivated by multimedia, TV, film, and other forms of visual art. I was lucky enough to secure an internship when I was 16 years old as a production intern. Out of several options, I chose NMPBS because participating in TV production at 16 was an incredible opportunity. Additionally, KNME had been a staple during my childhood and adolescence. Once I met the wonderful staff and was given a studio tour, interning at NMPBS was a dream come true for a high school kid like me. Looking back at it now, the kind of real-world experience I gained during my internship can’t be gained in the classroom and is absolutely crucial in a productive profession future.
I was a Jack of all trades in terms of production. During my 6 year internship, I participated in just about every aspect of production. I often set up the studio for pledge drives, NM In Focus, and several studio broadcasts. Although I had a hand in technical direction, directing, tape operation, teleprompter, etc., my main focus was audio. I was lucky enough to run audio for many studio productions, live broadcasts around Albuquerque and Santa Fe, and documentaries we produced state-wide. I also participated in digital editing, captioning, and general studio operations. Just like many of the interns, I often trained other interns. The strength of NMPBS’s internship program is that interns can learn and participate in every aspect of production. Despite the breadth of opportunities, interns can gain in-depth knowledge regarding each aspect of production. It is truly a teaching station and a invaluable community resource.
The experiences I had at NMPBS were invaluable. I gained years of experience in technical production, learning all aspects of TV production from nearly every angle. Unlike many other internships, I was able to gain hands-on experience that simply is not available, to my knowledge, at any other station. In addition, the staff at NMPBS is incredible. They were effective, committed teachers and mentors, who were not afraid to trust interns with important tasks. Additionally, interns were treated with respect and as valuable members of the production team. It is rare to find talented TV engineers, operators, and producers willing to take the time to train interns. It was the people at NMPBS that made it an unforgettable place to work.
My job experience at NMPBS absolutely paved the way for future work. After my years of training at NMPBS, I went on to do freelance scriptwriting and producing, radio, journalism, photo editing, and documentary production. I worked on multimedia and social media projects for the University of New Mexico Alumni office. From start to finish, I produced a documentary that captured the history of UNM using archival documents, interviews, and other materials. My work has also appeared in the UNM alumni magazine, Mirage. Additionally, I was the sole radio engineer for the daily public radio show, Native America Calling, that has about 500,000 listeners every week. I ran studio operations, maintained equipment, and ran live broadcasts in the field. After moving to California, I worked in a university library archive digitizing and maintaining archival materials. These tasks included digitizing VHS, audio cassettes, and general audio editing for archival and research purposes. I have recently graduated with an MA degree, with a research focus in media cultural studies. As a college instructor, I often incorporate multimedia within my lectures and course materials.
Although I am not currently working in TV production, I incorporate my TV background into my teaching, research, and academic pursuits. I foresee multimedia as a major focus within my profession career and future. I believe that our cultural climate is ever-changing, and that multimedia is crucial in reaching out to vast populations, increasing awareness about important social issues, and keeping the pubic informed and inspired. I believe in the mission and the people at NMPBS. I look forward to a lifetime of working with and producing media in order to work toward a better, more-informed society. The NMPBS internship program is incredible and has provided me with invaluable skills, experiences, and opportunities I am confident I would not have gained elsewhere.”
“My name is Jaymee (Alexia) Bird of Ohkay Owingeh. I am the Native American Public Telecommunication (NAPT ) intern at New Mexico PBS. I will be approaching my senior year this fall at the University of New Mexico. I will attain a B.A. in Mass Communication with a concentration in Strategic Communication and minor in world dance in spring 2013. I chose a degree in mass communication because I would like to produce the unique stories of indigenous people and their cultural perspectives since some situations can be hard for outsiders to understand and respect. I am very fortunate for the opportunity to be placed at New Mexico PBS. It’s been an exciting and rewarding experience. I am also the Intern for Native America Calling, (Khoanic Broadcast Corporation). I love all elements of hip-hop, world dance, and sewing. My future aspiration at the moment is to get accepted into a graduate program.”
“Hi, I’m Laura Brunette. When I was twelve years old, my mom found me a summer job as a stage hand at the community theater in my home town (probably because she was tired of listening to me talk about the X-Files all day). I have been a behind-the-scenes tech-nerd ever since, working on theater, radio, film and television crews primarily in New Mexico and California. In December of 2012, I’ll finish a bachelors degree in Media Arts with a minor in Psychology. After graduation, I hope to continue working in television (ideally, educational children’s programming).”
I am proud to have a long tenure with New Mexico PBS. In fact, New Mexico PBS has been my home away from home for over twenty years. I started working here as a student work-study as a computer hardware technician in 1993. Because of my incredible hands on work-study experience, I began my public service career in the Information Technology Department as a Programmer and eventually worked my way up to become the Manager of Information Technology. While employed with New Mexico PBS, I completed my Bachelor in Technology and Training and Master in Public Administration degrees. I am honored to work at New Mexico PBS and to have the opportunity to serve the public. I truly enjoy working at the station and am excited about the possibilities that the future of media brings for New Mexico PBS. My favorite leisure activities include hanging out with my wonderful family, serving as the President of the Zia Family Focus Center for my daughters’ after-school enrichment programs, and watching science fiction movies.
“My name is Alex Deeds and I am a senior at the University of New Mexico, where I am majoring in Media Arts. I am a self-diagnosed movie addict who loves to write and make his own videos, and I hope to one day make it as a writer/director/editor. I love learning about all the different parts that go into making projects for the big and small screen, and at New Mexico PBS I am able to not only learn about, but also practice, all the skills that go into the process.”
“Hi, I’m Veronica Deeds. I am a senior at the University of New Mexico pursuing a degree in Multimedia Journalism with a minor in Media Arts. I am from Miami, FL and had a focus on theater and dance in high school. I have always been interested in the arts and am having a great time furthering my education in that field at UNM and assisting at various film festivals. I work with the student production crew at KNME and learning what makes a television station run has been such a great experience for me and working with everyone has been a blast! I am excited for what I can bring to KNME, considering my ultimate goal is to work production for late night talk shows or Saturday Night Live!”
“My name is Martin Klinge and I’m currently a senior starting my last semester at UNM and about to graduate with a major in Media Arts and a minor in Art History. I’m from Sweden and have been in the United States for 3 and a half years now and have been an employee at New Mexico PBS from the beginning of 2012. I really enjoy working at a PBS station and getting experience working in TV, since that is what I wish to do with my degree, either here in the US or back home in Sweden. During recordings, I really like working Camera or Audio. The difficulty of these stations varies greatly depending on the type of show and always keeps you on your guard.”
“My name is Kelsie Kloepfer and I am currently double majoring in Political Science and Spanish at the University of New Mexico. I was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada before moving to Albuquerque for college. I am a cheerleader at UNM, and in my free time I enjoy exercising, traveling, and reading. After graduating, my goal is to attend law school. So far, interning at New Mexico PBS has been a great learning experience. I have had the opportunity to expand my skills in researching, observe what occurs behind the scenes of programs, educate myself more with real-life situations occurring in the community, and lastly, meet new, influential individuals.”
“I have been interested in working in film and television since picking up my Dad’s 8mm video camera when I was 8 years old. This has led to me majoring in Cinematic Arts at UNM, which I will complete in December 2012. I have worked independently in the Albuquerque film community completing numerous short films and photography projects. Aside from my film work, I enjoy playing a round of golf with friends and taking my motorcycle out for a weekend ride.”
Benny Martinez is originally from Espanola, NM. He studied Journalism, Mass Communications (Broadcast Journalism) and Spanish. He interned at New Mexico PBS from June 2007 – August 2009. “During my time at NMPBS, I learned and worked in all facets of the station. As an intern, I ran the studio and JIB cameras for NM in Focus and The Line, and operated the audio mixer during taped and LIVE broadcasts. Under the instruction of the NMPBS Staff, I learned and worked as a Technical Director, staffed LIVE uplinks for MSNBC, ESPN, and more. Working at NMPBS provided me with a solid foundation for a career in broadcast. After my time at NMPBS and UNM, I moved to Washington, D.C. in January 2010 to work as a Congressional Correspondent for a national radio news feeder service, covering the daily proceedings of both houses of Congress. As a feeder service, part of the job included filing stories online and calling in to local radio stations across the country to provide them with a LIVE update on news from inside the Beltway. In 2012, I traveled across the country covering each of the presidential debates, the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL, and the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. Shortly after the election, I left my job as a journalist and began a career in public relations. I’m currently an Associate Account Executive at Strauss Media Strategies where we provide an variety of clients with radio and television outreach campaigns. I chose to switch careers because of the political discourse in Washington, D.C. The extreme partisanship gave news outlets something to report on, but the redundancy and endless bickering made me realize that the gig wasn’t for me. I enjoy public relations because I’m able to interact with clients and work with them to help achieve the goals that they’ve set for themselves.”
“My name is Arianna and I am about to start my senior year at UNM. When I am not busy with school I enjoy running, reading, and of course hanging out with friends! I have worked at New Mexico PBS since my freshmen year of college and it has been so much fun that it has never felt like work. New Mexico PBS has been such a great job opportunity for me because not only have I been able to gain great work experience, but I also enjoy the people that I get to work with on a day-to-day basis.”
“I am a student at the University of New Mexico in my fourth year, pursuing an undergraduate degree in the Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media program. Upon graduation, I hope to further my career in the film or broadcast production industry. From a young age, I have been obsessed with the art of storytelling, and, growing up in a TV generation, visual storytelling has always had an appeal. My focus in school is to create a visual language to convey my ideas in a creative way with impact. Working at New Mexico PBS has offered me the opportunity to develop my skills in a professional environment, with state of the art equipment, in conjunction with my studies.”
“Hello, my name is Amanda Riboni and I am currently a sophomore at UNM. I plan to get my BS in Family Studies and eventually become a counselor of some sort. I am really hoping to work with children in adoption agencies and/or foster homes. My goal is to try to give children hope and guidance in their lives so they can make something of themselves. I wanted to work here at New Mexico PBS to gain experience with different areas of work, and film being one of my interests, it was a perfect place.”
“I am a Cinematic Arts major at UNM, with a focus on directing & screenwriting. I equally enjoy narrative and documentary filmmaking. My short documentary, Being Lady Hawk, was an official selection at the 2011 Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. I’ve been working at New Mexico PBS since March 2011, first as a student receptionist and since December 2011 on the student Production Crew. So far at the station, I’ve had the opportunity to run camera, audio, Deko and prompter. I particularly enjoy the challenges of audio.”
“The deceptively thick trunk sways perilously in the small bursts of stinging Eastern wind. Despite the teetering, Denali climbs hand over hand, branch by branch, spiraling around to the top. Not daring to look down, she looks up instead, and then out over the miles of bare trees. A fat crow lands on the peak of a neighboring pine. Breathtaking, and not just because it is 20 degrees out that fine February afternoon.
Apart from climbing trees, Denali attends the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. She is studying Film, Animation and Video, creates stop motion animations in 48 Hours and likes to color. When she is not interning at KNME, she works at Clare Bridge home for Alzheimer’s patients and plans imaginary trips to foreign countries. See her at www.denalischmidt.com.”
PATRICIA “PATO” VALDERRAMA
“I am Pato Valderrama. I obtained an Associates degree in Film and Photography Production in Colombia, and then worked in TV commercials, a TV series and a few films in the U.S. I will graduate with a Bachelors degree in Media Arts with a minor in Anthropology from UNM. The experience of making television with content that has a direct impact in our community has deepened my passion for mass communication. For me, these 3 years of being part of the New Mexico PBS crew is a dream come true! I enjoy yoga, karaoke, and I also lead a meditation group on campus. I want to make movies, documentaries and video-art in the future.”
“Hello, my name is Joseph Prat. I am a transfer student from NMSU, where I studied digital film-making. Here at UNM I am a senior and majoring in Media Arts. I have always been fascinated with all aspects of production and I started making my own movies and animated films from a young age. I have a love for documentary film making which has been one of my latest passions. I have also been involved with the Plaza Classic Film Festival in my hometown of El Paso, Texas, which allowed to see my favorite film, The Big Lebowski, on the big screen. When I am not studying or working, I enjoying reading, skateboarding, going to shows, and especially watching films. I also used to host my own punk/metal radio program in Las Cruces which I am hoping to start back up here in Albuquerque. Having spent my formative years watching PBS programming, it is truly an awesome experience working here with such an amazing group of people!”
“My name is Zoe Wilson-Meyer, I’m a senior at UNM about to recieve my degree in Strategic Communication and a minor in Political Science. I’m hoping to learn the technical aspects of producing a show as well as the writing and research that goes into the content of the program. I’m really excited to be at KNME, working on New Mexico In Focus where I get to keep up with New Mexico politics and practice my strategic writing skills.”