Nicholas Miller – College Assistant Professor & News 22 Director

Nick Miller earned his bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Arkansas. He also earned a Masters Degree in Speech Communication from the University of Arkansas and Masters in Geography from Marshall University. After completing his BA, he spent three years in the United States Marine Corps then embarked on a career as a broadcast journalist. During his thirty-year career he worked at television stations in Arkansas, Missouri, Alabama, West Virginia and El Paso, Texas. In his last broadcasting job he anchored the news at El Paso’s NBC affiliate for seventeen years. His current job is Director of News22, the student produced television newscast that airs on KRWG-TV, the PBS affiliate on the NMSU campus. He also teaches classes in writing for broadcast and media and society.

Tel: (575) 646-7349/3030

Hugo Perez – College Assistant Professor & Spanish News 22 Director

Hugo Pérez earned bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and Spanish from New Mexico State University in 1993 and is currently finishing his M.A. in Spanish Literature at NMSU. He has worked in commercial and public television, primarily as a television news photojournalist while working in New Mexico and Texas. In 1999, he transitioned to the PBS affiliate, KRWG-TV, and the NMSU Journalism Department. During this period he helped produce six documentaries in New Mexico, Albania and Croatia, including the documentary “El favor de los Santos”, which received the first regional Emmy for KRWG-TV and NMSU. Perez has traveled to Southeastern Europe, presenting professional media & broadcast training workshops in Albania and to the faculty & students of the University of Zagreb in Croatia. In the 2006, Perez began work with the Belo Border Bureau (KHOU-11), covering news stories on the U.S./Mexico border and the interior of Mexico, where he and Angela Kocherga covered news stories related to drug cartel violence and other border topics. Pérez is the recipient of three regional Emmy awards from the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences, and two national videography awards from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. He is currently a College Assistant Professor, in the NMSU Department of Journalism, teaching Field News Videography, Digital Editing and Studio Production classes.

Tel: (575) 646-1741


Darren Phillips- College Assistant Professor & Editor of Kokopelli

Darren Phillips earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from San José State University and his M.A. in journalism from the University of Missouri. He also holds a certificate in multimedia storytelling from Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, Maine. Phillips has worked professionally for 20 years as an editorial photographer, with early-career stints as a reporter and copy editor. Phillips worked for newspapers in California, New York and South Africa before arriving at NMSU in 2001, where he spent 15 years as the chief photographer on staff in the University Communications and Marketing Services department. His work has appeared in publications across the U.S. and abroad including The Washington Post, USA Today, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, Nature and Forbes. Phillips teaches courses in multimedia, media design, and news writing, and now serves as a faculty advisor and editor for Kokopelli, an online publication produced by NMSU journalism students.

Tel: (575) 646-2260