I made a career change to marketing and communications and came to Trinidad State
in January of 2013 after a career in radio and television news. I got my first job
in radio at KFEL Radio in Pueblo in 1970 at the age of 15. I later moved to KDZA
Radio in Pueblo and worked as a disc jockey and then as a news reporter while finishing
my Bachelor of Science degree in mass communications. I was promoted to news director
at KDZA before moving into television at the age of 25.
During my 32 years at KOAA TV I was a reporter, anchor, assistant news director, assignment
manager and news director. I led KOAA to the top-rated position in news, and KOAA
remained in the number one spot until after my departure at the end of 2012.
I have won numerous awards in both radio and television for news reporting, investigative
reporting, and feature reporting. Most important are those people I mentored who
have gone on to own production companies, become award winning anchors and national
correspondents for NBC, CBS and Fox News.
My job as Communications Specialist at Trinidad State allows me to take those lessons
learned in the newsroom trenches to become an effective liaison with media members
who cover Trinidad State. I am able to take my love of writing, photography and video
and use those skills in a different way as I represent the college day to day.