SPOTLIGHT: Denali Tiller
Denali Tiller is an artist and award-winning filmmaker working in non-fiction forms. She directed and produced Tre Maison Dasan, a feature length documentary about three boys who have parents in prison. Denali is currently producing a large-scale impact campaign for the film with partners in 12 states and three countries, engaging communities affected by incarceration around the world. In 2015, Denali was named one of 110 “Filmmakers to Watch” by Variety Magazine. She has associate-produced short content in Uganda, Ghana and Tanzania with the US Agency for International Development, and has taught at Alvarez High School and the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. As a director, Denali is passionate about exploring new perspectives on systemic issues and empowering youth. Denali was a proud intern at KNME New Mexico PBS in the summer of 2014.
"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."
My name is Irene Allen. I am in my fourth year in the Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media Program, currently pursuing a BFA in Film Production, and fifth year at UNM. I have studied abroad twice in Seoul, South Korea at Dongguk University and was able to experience film through the eyes of a vastly different culture in addition to meeting and befriending people from all over the world. I would ultimately like to focus on camera work and film all over the world, specifically about nature, culture, and travel.
"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 Anissa Baca. I am originally from Ojo Caliente, NM and moved to Albuquerque a few years ago. I am currently a student at UNM majoring in Multimedia Journalism with a minor in Media Arts. I am a new student employee at New Mexico PBS, but have enjoyed my time here so far. After graduation, I plan on finding a job in broadcast television, which this job is preparing me well for."
Olivia Bair is currently attending the University of New Mexico for Media arts. She graduated from New Mexico School for the Arts as a theatre major. In her free time she likes modeling/makeup artistry, experimenting with 16mm film, and camping. She loves to travel and has worked with several volunteer organizations such as Operation Smile. She is looking forward to learning as much as possible at KNME.
Max Bode is a senior at Amy Biehl high school. In his senior service project with NMPBS and New Mexico in Focus, he is researching topics and helping produce public affairs segments. He is interested in both filmmaking and journalism. He plans to study either investigative journalism or film production in college and hopes to work for a news station or a movie studio as a director/producer.
"I was thrilled to be hired on as a student intern at New Mexico PBS during my junior year at UNM. I would get so excited when people asked me what my job title was because that meant I got to say “Technical Specialist.” I got to work in a real life studio, with real life equipment. Learning all the ins and outs of a television studio is what ultimately led me to my current job at ReelzChannel after graduating in 2008.
I have been with ReelzChannel since 2010, but specifically with the Affiliate Marketing Department for the past year. I started as the department coordinator, but was recently promoted to Associate Marketing Manager.
Our main goal as a department is to promote the value in ReelzChannel as a network, and get on as many cable lineups as we can. I am proud to say that I have a role in the advancement of this company, and couldn’t have gotten here without UNM, and my time as a New Mexico PBS student intern."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"I am currently working in Hollywood, California on David Fincher's post production team. As of 2017 I'm an apprentice editor for the new Netflix original series, Mindhunter. The show is directed and produced by David Fincher, known for such films as Gone Girl and Fight Club. I started as a post production assistant on the show, and was able to join the Editor's Union and leave behind my coffee-fetching duties!
I moved to Los Angeles in Jan 2016 to pursue my ambitions of working in Editorial on Hollywood films. I found my passion for film while attending UNM's Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media Program, where I graduated in 2013. Originally aiming for a career in Visual Effects, I shifted my focus to editing after such mentors as Michael Kamins and Charlie O'Dowd. Michael offered me an internship for one semester at New Mexico PBS while I attended UNM, and upon graduating, I worked at New Mexico PBS for two and a half years. This was the first job out of college, and was the last job I had before leaving the state. I learned so much about television and technology during my stay at New Mexico PBS, I will always value that time for the people I met and the skills I acquired!"
Since graduating from UNM and the KNME student program in 2013, Alex has made the move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the film industry. After starting an internship at Refinery Creative (a top trailer editing house), he moved up to staff production assistant, then to assistant editor, and finally to full time trailer editor - all within his first year at the company. His company has recently cut pieces for Doctor Strange, Rogue One, Suicide Squad, and the Richard Branson documentary Don’t Look Down, which Alex cut himself - just to name a few. Working at KNME as a student intern gave Alex the opportunity to weave in and out of different positions that go into the making of a live broadcast, and it’s there - where he edited promotions for Colores - that he honed his professional skills as an editor.
Veronica graduated from UNM and the KNME student program in December 2014. Since then, she has joined her brother, another KNME student alum, in moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the film and entertainment world. Plus the two siblings are incapable of living far apart from each other. Shortly after moving to Los Angeles, Veronica began working with a special events production company, that focuses on movie premiere & after party production. In her first month at the company, Veronica dove right in and had a hand in producing the Los Angeles premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, an event with over 5,000 invitees. Veronica honed her skills for event production and went on to produce countless events throughout 2016, including the Bad Moms, Deepwater Horizon in New Orleans, and La La Land premieres. Now as a freelance events producer, Veronica is able to explore different event production aspects, most recently assisting in the production and build out of a top studio party for the 2017 Golden Globe Awards. While at the KNME student program, Veronica met amazing friends, colleagues, and got to find her strengths in different aspects of production. It’s here that she was able to work in a very hands on way and feel what it’s like to truly have a hand in the production of a top program.
Laura De La O
Laura started working at NMPBS in May of 2010 as a student production intern. But her history with PBS started many, MANY years ago… Once, in third grade, Laura wanted to share her love of the PBS Kids show “Square One” with her classmates. The teacher gave her permission to draw a representation of the show’s “Mathman” segment on the board (basically, Pac Man with arithmetic problems instead of fruit). It was a dry-erase Masterpiece (possibly a harbinger of future graphic design prowess). The class seemed to agree that this was a show worth watching, and Laura likes to imagine KOCE in Southern California probably got a nice influx of 8-year-old viewership that afternoon.
Filled with the pride that comes with successfully promoting quality programming, Laura set to erasing the board. Much to her horror (and the teacher’s) the realization set in that she hadn’t used a dry-erase marker, but a permanent one. The teacher tried to help by wiping it with a wad of soggy, brown, public school paper towels, but all attempts were in vain. “Mathman” lived on the board for the remainder of Laura’s third grade experience.
Much like the indelible drawing of “Mathman”, PBS is an inextricable piece of Laura’s identity. As a life-long fan, Laura is thrilled to have the opportunity to promote the programs she loves (but this time, without permanent markers).
Hello! My name is Catherine Farmer. I was born and raised in the Land of Enchantment. I am in my final semester of the Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media program. I am majoring in Communication and Journalism with a minor in psychology. I first got a taste of NMPBS through my journalism courses at UNM and wanted to continue learning about production. This is an amazing opportunity and I am very excited to be working at NMPBS!
"I am a junior at UNM studying business. I grew up in Stockton, CA but moved in 2006 to Santa Fe with my family. I enjoy playing guitar, riding my bike, fishing, watching movies, and listening to music. Although I have traveled a lot with my family I would always like to travel more and see new things."
"Kristie Gonzales was born in Southern California and grew up in New Mexico, where most of her family still resides. She studied painting in college and graduated with double honors from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Her first big break in TV came when she was hired as a Production Assistant at KNME-TV, where producers taught her everything from lighting to directing to animating.
Kristie moved to New York in April 2014 after holding various management positions in television stations across the country. In her previous role, she was the Creative Services and Local Programming Director at WTVD-TV in Raleigh-Durham, managing a staff of almost 30 employees. From 2010-2013, she was Creative Services and Public Affairs Director at KFSN-TV in Fresno, CA. It was there she helped bring in the largest food donation ever to the Central Valley. She started in the ABC Owned Television Group in 2006 when she was hired as a Promotion Writer and Producer at WPVI-TV in Philadelphia.
Kristie is the former Promotion and Digital Brand Manager at WABC-TV, New York’s number one television station and the most-watched station in the United States. She oversaw all marketing of Channel 7 Eyewitness News as well as the growth strategy on their social and digital channels. In 2016 Kristie took over as President and General Manager of KVUE-TV, the ABC affiliate in Austin, TX.
Some people find themselves looking up to the Hollywood stars on screen, wishing away the days until they get enough money to become Tony Stark. I on the other hand look up the editors, the cinematographers, the audio technicians, and the rest of the crew behind the camera. I have always been fixated with these vast worlds that are created by every day people and the ability to capture the emotions of an entire world. Most of my fondest memories come from watching movies, and that led me here, to KNME, where I can explore the reality of working behind the camera, and it has been nothing but a blessing and a stepping stone towards my biggest aspirations. I plan on attending Columbia College Chicago to become a human sponge to the ways on cinematography and KNME has helped in so many ways to prepare myself for this journey, and they will continue to every day while I am still in New Mexico.
Carly Granger graduated Cum Laude with a B. A. in Film from The University of New Mexico’s Cinematic Arts Program in 2015, focusing primarily on conservation documentary. Having spent 4 years at New Mexico PBS while attending college, it became clear to her that she wanted to pursue a career in media. Upon graduation, she jumped right into the New Mexico film industry with full force, concentrating primarily on production & set design. It was during this time Carly worked under several award winning production designers such as Beth Rubino and Kevin Kavanaugh. Navigating her way through the industry, she found herself working on various features and television programs such as Longmire, Sicario 2: Soldado, Only the Brave and Tremors. In 2017, Carly had the opportunity to go back to her roots in outdoor driven media and accepted the position of Digital Media Coordinator at Taos Ski Valley where she currently works. When she isn’t immersed in the media world, Carly enjoys snowboarding, fishing, camping, mountain biking, bluegrass music and hanging with her dog, Frank.
"New Mexico PBS taught me to admire film production on a deeper level that I had previously thought not possible. It was the hands-on instruction that was embedded in me during my time there that propelled my career upon graduating. I can also attest to the incredible high school experience that I had at Media Arts Collaborative Charter School. It provided a strong platform for my future endeavors in media.”
"My name is Nathaniel Gutierrez and I'm a media arts major at UNM. I spend most of my time making and designing different designs and animations for different producers around the city for various shows and performances. Post-production and computer animations are something one I hope to make a career out of."
"My name is Rachel Hendrix, and I am currently majoring in film and digital media at UNM. My main interests are photography, cinematography, and graphic design. In my free time I watch Netflix and create short films. Some of my favorite things include (but are not limited to) Wes Anderson, Albuquerque sunsets, Zoolander, pizza, The Walking Dead, family, Firefly, Harry Potter books, green chile, Joss Whedon, U2, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and dark chocolate. I have grown up in Albuquerque my whole life; I love this city, and I am very glad for this opportunity to work here at New Mexico PBS."
My name is Anthony Herrera and I attend the University of New Mexico studying Medieval History and Journalism. Prior to working at KNME-TV I worked for Talk Media News (formally Talk Radio News Service) in Washington, DC as well as the People, Power and Democracy project during the legislative session. I have a deep passion and love for journalism that started in my first journalism class with Melanie Majors at UNM. I was born in Albuquerque, NM and raised in Rio Rancho, NM.
West Huntsville born and raised, on the playground is where I spent most of
Chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool, and shooting some short films outside of school.
Until a couple of guys that were up to some good, started offering jobs in my neighborhood.
I got one lil job at KNME, and my momma said you're gonna move on out to Albuquerque.
I've got some experience since I've been here learning about production and using film gear.
If anything I could say that this job is rare and I feel really lucky to be able to be here.
Anthony is a senior at the University of New Mexico, majoring in journalism and political science. Anthony spends his free time hiking, reading and taking photographs. He believes photography can change the world.
"My name is Richard Jiacoletti and I have lived here in Albuquerque for most of my life. I am currently a Junior at UNM majoring in Studio Arts focusing in photography and drawing. I enjoy working on my art whenever I can, playing music, and traveling as much as possible. After graduation I plan to get a job in the art field which lets me travel whenever possible. I am a new student employee here at New Mexico PBS but am looking forward to learning what I can in my time here."
"Since my graduation from the University of New Mexico, I got in touch with both Multimedia and Television companies and started my freelance work as an independent camera-operator. I currently reside in Malmö, Sweden. I've worked with filming a slew of different assignments, political debates, theatre productions, opera, music festivals, and live sport broadcasts. Either for Swedish television or private productions. I've had a lot of fun and enjoy the variety as well as the work itself, unfortunately this is not what I wish to continue to do on a full-time basis.
Due to most of the work being during the summer, I found other work during spring and fall, and found a passion for teaching and education while working as a substitute and resource teacher. So I am now studying to become a high-school teacher in English and Swedish while continuing my work at a local middle-school, and I love it, but I still take on assignments now and then to keep my camera-skills from getting too rusty. However, it turns out I prefer to stand in front of a class, rather than behind a camera!"
"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 Sam Kozlowski. I'm majoring in IFDM at The University of New Mexico and focusing in production. I love painting, drawing, writing, film, and dogs, but I also have a love for science. I moved to New Mexico from Florida to go to school, ultimately picking film to pursue, and found myself amazed at how much I loved living here. Working with other students at UNM and KNME has been a wonderful experience to put under my belt so far. I enjoy the hands on experience I get because it will help me reach my goals in the future, as well as teach me skills I never even knew I should have. I look forward to the next few years at KNME."
"Hello! My name is Justine and I am currently double majoring in Journalism and Signed Language Interpreting at UNM. I’m an energetic yet easy-going person and I enjoy investing my time in creative projects. Denver born and ‘Burque raised, I have lived in the Land of Enchantment for the past 10 years. In my free time I like being outside as much as possible, taking photos, and playing the marimba."
"Hi my name is Katherine Lupien, I am an Art Education major. I am wanting to work with kids anywhere from Elementary school through High School. My belief is that anyone is able to create a beautiful masterpiece, despite age or disability. Working with the Education Outreach at PBS is continuing to develop my love for education and those who take the time to create a positive environment for kids."
"Hello, my name is Kevin Maestas. During my pursuit of a bachelor’s in Multimedia Journalism, I have fallen in love with Photojournalism. The viewfinder of the camera has become the vessel in which I perceive my community, and the larger world. In the Spring of 2017, I joined KNME to work on the People, Power, and Democracy Project covering the New Mexico legislative session. Luckily, once the Spring semester completed I joined the ranks at NMPBS to continue my expansion of knowledge in the realm of storytelling through journalism. In my free time, I work as a freelance photographer with the DailyLobo. Now that I am approaching my final semester of undergrad, I look forward to broadening my skillset within the studio, on assignment, ultimately expanding my knowledge of photography and cinematography in a journalistic context. Upon graduation, I am crossing my fingers for the opportunity to continue to work in a professional newsroom, preferably with a camera in my hands. "
"Since graduating from UNM in December 2012 with a degree in Media Arts, Ricardo has worked on feature films in New Mexico and California.
During his time at New Mexico PBS, he was able to learn camera operation, technical directing, and editing. The gained experience played a pivotal role in landing his first production office job immediately after graduation. He now lives in Los Angeles where he has worked in the editorial department on feature films for Alcon Entertainment, 20th Century Fox, and Paramount Pictures."
"My name is Airen Martin and I am a new student employee at New Mexico PBS. I'm originally from Clovis, NM and I transferred to UNM last year from ENMU. I'm currently a junior studying speech and hearing sciences. My favorite thing to do is travel whether it's to a different country or just a day trip nearby. I'm really excited to be working here at KNME with such wonderful people."
"My name is Arielle Martinez and I am currently a junior at UNM studying Business with a minor in Media Arts. I'm originally from Espanola, NM but moved to Albuquerque about two years ago. I enjoy reading a variety of different books (my favorite being the Harry Potter series and The Perks of Being a Wallflower), listening to music, editing videos and watching as many TV shows and movies as I can. In high school, I really enjoyed my TV Production class so I'm really looking forward to all the experiences KNME will be offering me."
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."
Lauren McFather is a 21 year old musician and filmmaker with an interest in set design. Currently, she is a senior working toward a BA in Film Production at UNM. She spends her spare time performing as a vocalist in shoegaze band Pastel Goth or funeral doom band Ego Death if she’s not watching true crime docs or hanging out with her roommate’s dog.
"Hi, my name is Arianna! I am an alumna of the University of New Mexico graduating in 2013 with my Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. I am now working as a Development Assistant in the membership department here at New Mexico PBS. In my free time I enjoy spending time with friends and family, exercising, and reading!
My time at New Mexico PBS began when I started working here as a student employee my first semester at UNM. During my time as a student, I worked in various departments within New Mexico PBS. A majority of my work time was spent in the membership and finance departments. I believe that since I was able to spend time in both departments, it gave me the background I needed to be hired as a full time staff member. I learned so much as a student that the transition to full time staff was much easier than I ever expected. Being able to say that I moved from a student employee to a full time staff member is such a great accomplishment!"
"My name is Taylor Mills and I am a new student employee at New Mexico PBS, I am a Senior at UNM working towards a BFA in Studio Art! My love of the digital world and art has led me to a path in Media Arts that I am excited to explore. I work in the New Media/Production departments here at NMPBS, I even helped create the website you are viewing this on! I have a passion for art, computers, and dogs. In my free time I enjoy working on my own art, taking my dogs for walks, video games, and finding new outlets for my creativity. Although I have just started my journey here at New Mexico PBS I have already learned so much and can’t wait to continue growing here!"
"Amanda Nezzie joined the staff of New Mexico In Focus in August of 2015 as an intern. Her primary areas of interest are history, sustainability issues, ethnic studies, and politics. She graduates in December 2015 with a Bachelor’s in Political Science from UNM, and Amanda will begin her MBA at Anderson School of Management in 2016. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and tending to her flock of chickens."
"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."
"My name is Raechel Ostic, and I've lived in New Mexico my whole life. I am a student majoring in Exercise Science at UNM. I look forward to continuing my education and obtaining a Master's in Occupational Therapy. It is my passion to help people, and I look forward to doing that as part of the New Mexico PBS team. In my free time I love spending time outdoors or drawing, all while enjoying the beautiful NM weather."
"My name is Anna Padilla. I am from Los Lunas and have lived in New Mexico all my life. I’m majoring in Journalism and Mass Communication and I am part of the Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media program here at UNM. I love reading, writing, and photography. I look forward to my time here at NMPBS to learn and grow as much as I can. I hope to use the skills that I gain to help highlight the best of what New Mexico has to offer."
"My name is Triniti Pankuch and I started working here at New Mexico PBS in the Outreach department in December 2015. I graduated from Southwest Secondary Learning Center in 2012 and I am currently a senior at the University of New Mexico working on a degree in Media Arts focusing on costume design. My other interests beyond movies and costuming include reading, drawing, video games, and whatever hobby I spontaneously decide to take up. I hope that my time here at NM PBS will continue to be as enjoyable and informative as it has been thus far, and I am excited about what the future holds for me here!"
"Anna Peralta is an artist, professional Yoga instructor and a proud mother of two. She is currently a senior at the University of New Mexico and will be graduating December 2015. She is pursuing her Bachelor of Liberal Arts with a concentration in Cinematic Arts, Theater and Anthropology. Anna Peralta has produced, directed and edited her own short films including “Traces” that is currently used by the College of Fine Arts to be shown at the 2015 Legislative session and other UNM related events. She has also acted and danced for the stage at many venues throughout Albuquerque. Her dreams are to meet Big Bird, learn to surf and make great documentaries/films."
"Hello, my name is Joseph Prat. I am a transfer student from NMSU, where I studied digital film-making. I completed my Bachelors degree in Media Arts from UNM in the summer of 2014. My current position at the station is in broadcasting/master control. 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!"
"Hello, my name is Ryan Randall and I began my journey with New Mexico PBS in May of 2016 as a student employee office assistant while finishing my BBA at UNM. I am thrilled and overjoyed to continue my experience working for New Mexico PBS as a Broadcast Ops Tech. I will be graduating with a BBA in Organizational Leadership from UNM’s Anderson School of Management in May of 2018 and will continue my education at UNM by seeking an MBA. I am excited to continue working at PBS where I will continue gain valuable experience and skills."
"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."
"My name is Anthony Rodriguez and I am a producer, a videographer, and a visual artist. The first memory I can recall about interacting with technology is back when computers had floppy disks and I was about 4 years old. My dad had taught me how to type in my space man game, "Captain Keen", through the MS-DOS prompt. Ever since then, I have been fascinated with using technology to create visual works of art for stories, people, or to simply capture extraordinary moments in time. I think that visual storytelling can place people in someone else's shoes for a brief moment, if done right. This is where you can place the rich man in the poor man's shoes, the strongest person in the weakest's person’s shoes, or the not so brave gets to see what it's like to be a hero. In April 2016, I was hired at KNME as a Production Tech – working every day to tell great stories with fantastic visuals."
"My name is Feliz Romero I am a fourth year at the University of New Mexico Studying Public Communication with a minor in Spanish. I enjoy working out, exploring New Mexico, drawing and reading. An aspiring MMJ and native New Mexican, I hope to enter the field of journalism upon graduating and look forward to reporting news in New Mexico. I am grateful for the opportunity to join the NMPBS team and strengthen my knowledge in a field I am passionate about."
Eduardo San Miguel
"I am a junior at the University of New Mexico and I am majoring in Political Science with a minor in Economics. My interests are dogs, movies, and working out. I have a twin brother. We have an awesome pit-bull who is the most loving dog you will ever meet and her name is Luna. I am originally from Alamogordo, New Mexico and moved here in 2014 for school. My family is very important to me. In my free time I go to the dog park, listen to music, go to the movies, travel, and hang out with friends. I am very excited to be working here and hope to gain a lot of experience!"
"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."
"My name is Henry Sime, I'm studying IFDM with a concentration in Television and Film Production at UNM. I was raised in Angel Fire and attended high school in Cimarron, NM. In my free time I enjoy being outside and playing with my dog Charlie. I've been interested in production since I joined the broadcast team at my high school. I hope that the experience I get working at New Mexico PBS will help me to get a job after I graduate. This job has been a great opportunity because I have gained valuable experience and been able to meet people who have similar interests."
"Hello everyone! My name is Kendra Smith and I’m currently a Senior at UNM. I’m set to graduate in spring of 2019 with a Bachelors in Family and Child Studies. After graduating, I plan obtaining my Masters at ASU in Family and Human Development. I’m interested in working as a after school program coordinator or in an adoption agency. I love working with kids and interning with NM PBS will give me the experience I want and need. I am originally from Farmington, NM and I have lived in Albuquerque for about 4 years. For fun, I love to workout, run, and play soccer. I have played soccer since I was 7 years old. I play on a league team through Albuquerque, as well as pick up games with my boyfriend and friends. I love to travel and would love to start traveling more in the summer. Being outdoors is one of my favorite things on this beautiful planet."
"I am a senior at the Colorado Film School in Denver, Colorado. My biggest interests are writing, directing, and art directing. In my free time I enjoy writing, listening to music, reading, and going on hikes. I’m excited to learn as much as I can while at KNME, and am very excited to explore Albuquerque."
"Hi, I'm Josh Stepp, and I'm a senior here at UNM. I'm part of the IFDM program, and love screenwriting, photography, and animating. I'm excited to be able to use some of my talents and pick up new ones here at KNME!"
"My name is Shannon Summers, I am a Senior at UNM studying Environmental Sustainability. I plan to continue my education and obtain a Master’s degree in Community and Regional Design. I was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and enjoy cooking, painting (real life portraits), the outdoors, and crafting in my free time. I am grateful for the opportunity of working at NM PBS!"
"My name is William Thomas and I am majoring in Film and Digital Media with a minor in History at UNM. The amount of time I spent watching movies and playing with cameras as a child pretty much led to my keen interest in technical and creative production of professional film and digital media today. My eventual goal is to write, produce and direct my own work in both the fields of narrative cinema and documentary. In my free time I enjoy making and watching movies, listening to music, playing classical guitar, photography, video games, hiking/camping, traveling, exploring the outdoors and writing. I am very excited to have the opportunity to be working at New Mexico PBS as I have lived in Albuquerque all my life. I am pleased to be a part of the professional community here, especially in a field that I enjoy and want to learn more about."
"Denali Tiller graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Film/Animation and Video. She has independently produced several short films and animations, and was named 1 of 110 filmmakers to watch by Variety Magazine in 2015. Denali is currently working on a feature length documentary film called Sons and Daughters of the Incarcerated. The film follows three children whose fathers are in prison, and a formerly incarcerated mother who is now working to stop the cycle. Born and raised in New Mexico, Denali currently lives and works in Providence, RI."
"My name is Kaylee Trainum and I was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM. I am studying journalism and communication with a concentration in multimedia journalism. Some of my hobbies include reading, writing, and playing outdoors with my two dogs. In the future, I hope to continue working in community outreach and writing in my spare time. I look forward to furthering my education and knowledge during my time at NMPBS."
"Hello, my name is Allen Trujillo, and I am a junior at UNM. I am majoring in General Management with a minor in Journalism. I have a deep passion for sports, specifically basketball and football. In my future I hope that I am able to further my education by getting a masters degree in Sports Management or being a sports analyst on TV. I really enjoy cooking food as well and spending quality time with my family and friends. Having my own restaurant is something that I have always dreamed of! Being able to work and be a part of the New Mexico PBS team is something that I am very grateful for. I feel so fortunate to be able to be in an environment where everyone loves to come to work and is overjoyed about what we are doing. To be able to learn from my peers, build friendships and gain valuable experience is what makes working at New Mexico PBS an experience that I know I'll never forget!"
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."
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."
"Kendra Williams is a multimedia journalism major at UNM. She was born in San Diego to a NAVY family where she then moved to Mississippi, Japan, Virginia, and lastly Las Vegas, Nevada. She is a senior and excited to be working at KNME and getting to learn about the broadcast side of journalism. When not at work or at school, she likes to read, write, and flex her muscles in the kitchen. Her love for writing started when she was just a kid; an overactive imagination made for great story material. That passion for writing is what led her to pursue a degree in journalism."
"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."
"Morgan left KNME in August of 2016 to move to Washington D.C. to work as a journalist for Talk Media News. Over the past year and a half, she met amazing people and has had the opportunity to do things she never thought possible. She looks back on her time here at KNME with fond memories, and is thankful for her time spent there."
Benjamin C Yazza
UPDATE – Ben is now a fulltime employee, working as an editor and photographer in the Production Dept. of NMPBS! "My days are filled with media criticism papers, Chinese characters, phone interviews, quick video schedule chats, a stop at La Montanita Co-op for coffee and a pastry. Other days are trips to a hidden venue to take wedding photos and a late night film at The Guild. Totally content; my aspirations are to keep this type of schedule but to make the scale a whole lot larger."