"I have always been an imaginative person: making up stories and games and using my imagination all day, everyday, playing in an imagined world. When I was about four years old, I asked my mother what a “prime directive” was. She replied: “It is what you want to do with your life, like a job.” She then asked if I knew what I wanted to do with my life. I replied: “I want to play, play, play!”
It is still true that I want to use my imagination to create and “play.” I am a hard-worker and studying at the University of New Mexico. At UNM I am working on a Bachelors degree in Film and Digital Media and a second degree in Studio Arts.
I participate in sports, soccer in particular, for 15 years. I was a five-year volunteer, tutoring elementary students, helping them with their homework and occasionally playing with them. I participated in several art shows, such as Focus on Youth and The Metropolitan Art Show. I, at least, placed or received honorable mention three years in a row. In my college education I have taken several art and technical classes, preparing me for a career in the future and continuing to improve my artistic abilities and even getting in to galleries. Working at New Mexico PBS has furthered my education and given me a way to practically apply what I am learning in college to the real world.
Although I am a quiet, shy person, I am very ambitious and determined. My ultimate prime directive is to continue, “playing” by using my imagination and creating works which communicate and connect to others. Creating things is my play and my work."
"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 Aaron Anglin. I'm currently majoring in Mass Communications with an intense interest in broadcasting and online media. Over the Past 2 years I've been operating my own YouTube channel which is really just me putting myself in front of a camera and talking to myself in my room (for whatever reason this seems normal to me.) Working at New Mexico PBS allows me to do what for the past 2 years has been hobby as an actual job except with professional equipment and higher production quality."
"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."
"Tim Carlton-McQueen is the newest hire at PBS and was born and raised in Albuquerque New Mexico. Tim attended St. Pius X High School and is currently a sophomore at the University of New Mexico. He is studying Biology and Spanish and hopes to join the Peace Corps when he graduates. When he's not working the front desk Tim likes to volunteer around Albuquerque and enjoys going to concerts around Albuquerque. Tim's favorite PBS show is Arthur."
"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!"
Carly attended the Media Arts Collaborative Charter School. "I am new to New Mexico PBS & am a sophomore at UNM majoring in Media Arts with a minor in Arts Management. In my free time I like to play guitar, make movies, ride my scooter, and rock climb. Favorite movies- The Life Aquatic, and Fargo. I'm very excited to have the opportunity to work at NMPBS not only for the knowledge and experience I gain, but also for the awesome people I get to be surrounded with!"
Ariel Chloe Griego
"My name is Ariel C. Griego. I'm a Sophomore at the University of New Mexico pursuing a double major in Archaeology and Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Spanish. My passion for both fields began in middle school when I started participating and winning first place in The New Mexico Regional Science Fair and in local writing competitions. I've always been fascinated with the allure of broadcasting since I was a little girl, and I would be awestruck trying to figure out how the people on TV were the first to know about events going around us before anybody else--a phenomenon I summed up to be "magic." I believe that working at New Mexico PBS will offer me many invaluable opportunities that will certainly enhance and hone those skills that will be necessary to achieve my goals of a career in broadcasting."
"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."
"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 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!"
"Anthony Rodriguez is New Mexico native and a third-year UNM student studying a business degree majoring in Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media as well as an Arts Management Minor. He has always had a passion for the arts which has now lead into the world of production and entertainment. He currently is working on outside projects within music and is also the official documentarian for the play She Dances with Fate at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. This play is one of many projects he is working on and he is excited for what this production will bring to the city of Albuquerque. He is also excited for what he can bring to the Channel 5/PBS team a new part of the team for 2013."
Michael Sol Warren
"Michael Sol Warren is a junior at UNM studying Journalism, History, and Geology. His life revolves around track and field, as he is currently the UNM team manager and is aspiring to be a collegiate track coach. He uses his full name because there are a lot of Michael Warrens in the world. The staff at Which Wich knows him as Captain Planet."
"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."