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KVIA-TV anchors to emcee dinner with Sam Donaldson

KVIA-TV news anchors Estela Casas and Shelton Dodson will serve as masters of ceremonies for a fund-raising dinner in Las Cruces Oct. 15 featuring veteran newsman and El Paso native Sam Donaldson.

Proceeds from the event, to be held at the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, will benefit KRWG-TV's Channel 22 news program at New Mexico State University.

A reception for Donaldson will begin at 6 p.m. and dinner will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, at $25 per person for the reception and $75 for the reception and dinner, are available at the Pan American Center on the NMSU campus, at Dillard's in Las Cruces and El Paso, and at the studios of KRWG-TV, the public television station located in Milton Hall on the NMSU campus.

Dodson, a graduate of NMSU, reported and anchored on KRWG-TV's news program as a student. Proceeds from the Oct. 15 evening with Sam Donaldson will help fund an endowment to support the student-produced news broadcast.

The theme of the evening is "The Old West, the New West." Donaldson, a 32-year veteran of ABC News, was born in El Paso, grew up on the family farm in nearby Chamberino, N.M., and since 1989 has owned a ranch near Hondo, N.M.

He was appointed chief White House correspondent for ABC News in January 1998, having first covered the White House in the same capacity from 1977 to 1989. In addition to covering the White House for "World News Tonight" and other ABC News programs, Donaldson co-anchors "20/20" and the Sunday morning broadcast "This Week with Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts."

Donaldson graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell in 1951, received his bachelor's degree in 1955 from Texas Western College, now the University of Texas at El Paso, and did graduate work at the University of Southern California. He has funded an endowed scholarship program for journalism students at New Mexico State University and in 1993 received an honorary doctorate from NMSU.

In addition to Donaldson's speech, the Oct. 15 program will include musical entertainment, remarks by some of Donaldson's childhood friends and classmates, and a presentation in connection with the city of Las Cruces' 150th anniversary celebration.

For more information call Anthony Casaus, director of development for KRWG-TV, at (505) 646-2222.