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Ludella Awad

"Hello! My name is Ludella Awad and I am a senior at UNM majoring in Communication and Journalism with a minor of Political Science. During my free time, I like to write stories and be curious. I believe in Journalism and storytelling in searching for the truth and serving the public. I spent my high school years writing columns and working closely for the Albuquerque Journal. This year I decided to jump start in going to television, where I work for KRQE TV and started working for NMPBS. I am delighted to get experience at NMPBS for my Journalism career. I also have another side for marketing. I currently work for the Daily Lobo in the sales section and have worked with the newsroom. I am very excited to work closely with the production crew at NMPBS! Thanks for being awesome!"

Ludella Awad

Marina Bernal

“Hola! My name is Marina Bernal, and I am senior in the Film and Digital Media Arts program, minoring in Arts Leadership and Business at UNM. I am originally from Barcelona, Spain, but this is my fourth year in the United States studying. I love creating new stories and meeting new people; on my spare time you can find me playing basketball, traveling, or reading. One day I would like to either produce, direct or be a writer for documentaries or/and social justice films. This is my second semester with ¡COLORES!, it’s a great opportunity for my career where I am learning real-life producer skills as an associate producer intern. I am really excited to see what piece I will be creating this semester at NMPBS.”

Marina Bernal

Amanda Chang

“Hello! My name is Amanda and I’m currently a senior student at UNM majoring in English with a minor in International Management. I am originally from Taiwan, and this is my second year studying in the United States. I have always had passion for meeting different people and for exploring different aspects of the world. Thus, during my free time, I enjoy cooking, reading, and traveling for adventure and to learn more about this beautiful planet. I am thrilled about this opportunity to join the NMPBS family as a membership assistant and to support the community. I look forward to my journey here and to gain experience for my future career.”

Amanda Chang

Jesse Chavez

"Hello! My name is Jesse Chavez and I am currently a 2nd year student at UNM majoring in Journalism in Strategic Communications with a minor in Political Science. I was born and raised here in NM and have been living on my own for the past two years in Albuquerque. In my spare time I enjoy reading, coffee drinking, and have an interest in fashion. My future aspirations after school would be to write and work in communications for a fashion magazine. Getting the opportunity to work for KNME has been exciting and welcoming and I look forward to my journey here as a part of the team!"


Destiny Felix

"Hello, my name is Destiny Felix and I am currently a 2nd year student here at the University of New Mexico, majoring in Family and Child Studies and minoring in World Dance. I enjoy reading, watching movies, and working out on my spare time. When I am not being a student, I am a dancer for the Lobo dance team. You can find me dancing and cheering on our Lobos at all the games. I love working with kids and here at New Mexico PBS I am able to be involved with different activities with kids as well as their families. Being given the opportunity to intern here with New Mexico PBS will expose me to many opportunities for my future career. My future aspirations are to one day open up my own dance and therapy studio for families and married couples. So, they are given the opportunity express how they feel in a different way through dancing. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to be here and excited for what is to come through this internship."

Destiny Felix headshot

Lauren Hutchinson

"West Huntsville born and raised, on the playground is where I spent most of my days.
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."


Stephanie Huwyler

"Hey y'all! My name is Stephanie Huwyler, I was born and raised in Houston, TX and moved to Albuquerque to explore new opportunities away from home. I am a third year student in Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media at UNM. I enjoy taking photographs, hanging out with friends, and watching movies. Aspiring to be an art director after college, I know that NMPBS will provide me with the experiences needed for my future endeavors."


Travis Johns

"Hello! My name is Travis Johns and I have been working here at KNME PBS for about half a year. I just graduated High School from Eldorado High, and are now looking to take my educational goals one step further. In the fall, I will be attending the University of Nevada - Las Vegas to study film. As of right now, I work cameras and the JIB during studio productions. I have learned a lot from my time here, and it has been some valuable experience that will help me stand out from the rest! In the future, I hope to become a cinematographer, but we will see where that goes! I was very excited for this opportunity, and am thankful to everyone at PBS for helping me along the way!"

Travis Johns

Sonji Lamichhane

"Hello, this is Sonji Lamichhane! Born and raised on the land of Mount Everest, Nepal I am here today, half the world away in my dreamland. I am currently a third year student in Chemical Engineering, Chemical Process Engineering as my concentration with a Chemistry minor. I love calculation related stuff and applying new techniques while doing and solving any problems.  Also, I enjoy making sketches, doing photography, travelling and reading books in my spare time. My future aspirations will be working in either Pharmaceutical or Fuel/Oil Production Companies. Apart from working in lab with those goggles and gloves, I love knowing and exploring about things which are supposed to be outside of my major. Working here as Student Membership Assistant for New Mexico PBS/KNME-TV I have learnt a lot in my life, so I feel very lucky and am grateful to be a part of the team. Thank you!"

Sonji Lamichhane

Anahi Martinez

"Hey there! My name is Anahi (Ana-E) Martinez and I’m a senior at UNM majoring in Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media (IFDM) with a concentration in post-production. During my free time, I love to visit local comic book shops and take my two huskies, Barry and Art3mis, out for walks. A fun fact about me is that I LOVE collecting Funko Pop figures! My favorites are the Gotham TV series pops. In fact, Gotham is what inspired me to go into the film industry! It is because of Gotham that I fell in love with the art of cinematography and post-production. I dream of one day working with an amazing cast and crew to produce content that others will enjoy and be inspired by. I’m thankful for the opportunity to work with NMPBS – I am eager to learn everything I can and am confident I will get an amazing work experience while I’m here."


Nicolas Maxwell-Parra

"Hello! My name is Nicolas Maxwell-Parra, I am a third year student at the University of New Mexico, perusing a degree in Multimedia Journalism with a minor in Political Science. I describe myself as an “Adventurer”, always wanting to experience new things and gain new skills, I hope to apply that here at NMPBS and hopefully use this to further my career! I love the chance to be able to share the curriculum that PBS programing is supporting with the community."


Kevin Mcgee

“Kevin is a junior at the University it New Mexico, studying Liberal Arts and Media. He aspires to be a documentarian filmmaker and plans to join the Peace Corps after graduation. In his free time, he enjoys photography, lacrosse, and cooking."


Liberty Parker

"Hi! My name is Liberty Parker and I am a part of the student production crew here at New Mexico PBS. Currently, I am now a fourth year student at UNM studying film and digital media. Outside of work and school, I enjoy listening to music, watching movies, and hanging out with friends. My future aspirations after graduating would be to become a video producer or a full time editor. I am super thrilled about this opportunity to work for NMPBS and excited to continue learning and growing with this team."


Faith Perez

"My name is Faith Perez, and I am currently a student at UNM majoring in film and digital media. I enjoy post-production work and learning about new software in my spare time. Having the opportunity to work here at KNME has given me invaluable experience, and I'm just excited to get to do what I love and learn everything I can while I am here!"


Bennett Riley

“Hey there! My name is Bennett Riley and I am currently pursuing an Interdisciplinary Arts degree at the University of New Mexico, with focuses in Music Production and Film Production. I’m also getting a minor in Interdisciplinary Honors. So far, I have enjoyed trying my hands at all the various elements of production, from camera to set decoration to audio. I am thankful for the opportunities KNME has given me to continue pursuing a career in the film industry.”


Cesca-Maria Segarra

"Hey there, my name is Cesca-Maria Segarra. I was born in Taos, NM, but I’ve jumped around the world in terms of where I’ve lived. Including Majorca, Spain and Bali, Indonesia. I went to high school at New Mexico School for The Arts in Santa Fe for classical ballet and modern dance. I’m now a second year student at the University of New Mexico majoring in Film and Digital Media. My passion is in the arts and enjoying the beautiful oddities of the world. I love my friends dearly and aspire to be like my mother everyday. In the future, I hope to be a director and work with brilliant people across the globe. I’m hungry to learn and experience as much as I can on this beautiful planet. I believe that NMPBS is a first step for me in a long journey to success in the film industry."


Maria Sokolova

"My name is Maria Sokolova and I am a senior at Eldorado High School. I am looking for applying to college out of state to study Film and Television Production with a double major in International Relations or European History. In the future, I would love to pursue a career in the film industry as a storyboard artist. While I'm not entirely sure where my life will take me, I know I want to do something that allows me to explore the world and write stories for a wide audience. In my spare time I love to draw, read, and write, finding inspiration in swashbuckling adventures like "The Count of Monte Cristo" and "Zorro." I have been so happy to join the NMPBS creative team! I've met so many new people and have learned so much about production. I couldn't have asked for a better internship and I know that what I've learned here at NMPBS will stay with me throughout the course of my career."

Maria Sokolova

Miyu Takeda

"Hello! My name is Miyu Takeda. I am currently an exchange student majoring in Media Arts at UNM. At my university in Japan, I am a senior studying Policy Management. What inspires me to create videos is traveling and meeting new people from different culture. I enjoy capturing the moments and sharing with others. I would like to gain more experience in the media field before I go back to Japan, and PBS would be an incredible learning environment for me. This would be an important step for my career in this field, and I am really exited to work with the TV crew!!"


Vicente Vargas

"Hi! I’m Vicente Vargas, I am a first year student at UNM majoring in Psychology with a minor in theatre. In my very rare free time I love to read, write, watch movies and participate in community theatre. Theatre and performing are my passion and I plan to pursue it in one way or another. I’m excited to be working here at KNME with all the excitement that television brings, I’m also very grateful for the opportunity to be working in such a cool environment!"


Myah Wilmarth

“Hello everyone! My name is Myah Wilmarth and I am currently a junior at the University of New Mexico majoring in Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media. Throughout my whole life, I’ve always been drawn to films and the impact that they can have. For example, when I was little I wanted to be a paleontologist because I watched Jurassic Park a few too many times. To be honest, I’m not sure what aspect of film I want to devote my career to yet and I am excited to explore all aspects of this field. Applying to this job was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. This experience is my first step through the door of the film industry and I couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunity to work with the wonderful team here at NMPBS.”

Myah Wilmarth

Petyr Xyst

"I'm a first-year student at UNM, studying Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media and looking to minor in Journalism. I was originally born in Albuquerque to two hypergoth progenitors, but was raised in the cold- and yes, rainy- metropolis that is Seattle. Throughout my extended infancy, I found myself attracted to directing and editing short film, creating my own avenues for success when I couldn't find any. I came back to Albuquerque because, I mean, come on; sun *and* the possibility of making first contact with an extraterrestrial species, undoubtedly marking a new period for the history of life on Earth and potentially opening the door to our eventual demise? Sign me up! Honestly, I hope to make a career out of this someday, but for now I'm still trying to figure out how the shuttle schedule works."