Bruce Berman – Associate Professor

Bruce Berman has been a professional photographer for almost four decades. He has always worked in what some have called, “The Concerned Photographer,” style of photography. His initial documentary projects were in Chicago where he photographed Appallachian migrants to the big city, Black Panthers during the tumultuous 1960’s and the gritty street life of Chicago in its Rust Belt years. His main work for the past twenty six years, however, has concentrated on the United States/Mexico border, particularly the narrow stretch of land that encompasses El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico.

Tel:  (575) 646-7659

Email: brucini@nmsu.edu

 Mary Lamonica, PhD – Associate Professor

Dr. Mary Lamonica is an Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications at New Mexico State University. Prior to coming to NMSU in August 2005, Lamonica worked as a professor at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, where she was tenured, and at Bridgewater State College in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.  Her Ph.D. is from Michigan State University and her B.A. and M.A. are from the University of Miami. Her research areas are media law and media history, with an emphasis on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century media history. She publishes under the name Mary M. Cronin. Lamonica’s media work includes stints at newspapers in Miami, Florida; Asbury Park, New Jersey; and Lawrence, Massachusetts. She also has worked for a computer magazine in Florida, the first online version of the Miami Herald and for public radio in Washington State. Lamonica also freelanced to national magazines and regional newspapers. She has a wonderful teenager, a broadcaster husband, and several pets from the shelter. A life-long Red Sox fan, she will never support the New York Yankees.

Tel: (575) 646-4638

Email: mlamonic@nmsu.edu

Roger Mellen, PhD – Associate Professor

Roger P. Mellen, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Broadcast Journalism at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He is responsible for teaching Video Production, Television Reporting, History of Mass Media, Mass Media Ethics, Radio & TV Scriptwriting and Performance, Mass Communication Law and other classes. With Mellen’s broadcast news experience, he works with the students who produce News22 on the local public television station. Mellen has worked in television news, online journalism and radio, including as: Senior Producer/Writer, WJLA-TV. Washington, DC; Assistant News Director, WHTM-TV, Harrisburg, PA; and Newscast Producer, WCNC-TV, Charlotte, NC. Mellen has also been Assignment Editor, and Video Journalist, at local television stations around the country and at CNN and SNC. His work has won many awards, including Associated Press, UPI, and National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Regional Emmy) best newscast. His B.A. is in Broadcast Journalism from Hampshire College, his M.A. in Mass Communication from the University of Denver, his Ph.D. is in American History from George Mason University. Mellen’s scholarly research explores the Virginia colonial origins of the free press clause of the First Amendment. You can see more on his website at http://web.nmsu.edu/~rpmellen/.


Tel: (575) 646-7658

Email: rpmellen@nmsu.edu

Lourdes Cardenas – Assistant Professor

Lourdes Cardenas has been a bi-national journalist for more than 25 years working as an editor, producer, correspondent and reporter for American and Mexican media in print, television and online publications. Her working experience includes being a producer for the CNN bureau in Mexico City, being editor for Al Día, the Spanish publication of The Dallas Morning News, as well as being founder and editor of SomosFrontera.com, an online Spanish publication of El Paso Times. She also worked for Mexico newspapers El Universal and La Jornada. She has a Master’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Southern California and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at El Paso. She was a 2001 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. She has taught journalism at the University of Texas at El Paso. Her research and teaching interests focus on the impact of violence and drugs across the US-Mexico border; immigration and the changing face of America; the Hispanic press in the United States and the impact of new media and new technologies in journalism.

Tel:  (575) 646- 4405

Email: lcarden1@nmsu.edu