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KVIA-TV's Hillary Floren to host new program on KRWG-TV

Hillary Floren, co-host of KVIA-TV's award-winning "Good Morning, El Paso" and a graduate of New Mexico State University's broadcast journalism program, will return to her alma mater to host "Aggie Almanac," a half-hour magazine/talk program that will air on KRWG-TV.

Almanac" will debut at 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 9, with a repeat showing at noon the next day.

"As a graduate of NMSU, the university remains close to my heart," Floren said. "I'm really excited to be involved with this program, because it's helping me learn so much more about the university and the many ways in which it touches people's lives."

The program will cover such topics as NMSU President Michael Martin's recent trip to Iraq, the visit to NMSU by the Mexican ambassador to the United States, the creation of the first endowed chair in the university's College of Arts and Sciences, an archaeological dig outside Deming, the growing and marketing of Chinese herbal remedies in Alcalde, N.M., and the assessment of the state's roadways by NMSU students.

Dave Holly, KRWG-TV interim general manager, said he is excited about the pairing of Floren with Gary Worth, the show's producer.

"We feel the collaboration of these two dynamic journalists will create a powerful local PBS presence," Holly said, optimistic that the KVIA connection will lead to employment possibilities for NMSU's broadcast journalism students.

"I would hope to think that (this program) could lead to a good relationship for students in broadcast journalism and help them gain exposure to real world commercial television settings. We've got the door cracked a little bit; now we just need to keep pushing on it."

Bob Nosbisch
Sept. 5, 2006