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KRWG-TV photographer wins national award

Hugo Perez, a media specialist at New Mexico State University's KRWG-TV, won first place for television photography in the National Association of Hispanic Journalists competition. Perez won the award for two stories he videotaped near Casas Grandes in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Hugo Perez. (NMSU photo by Deja Cloud)

Perez's series "Ancient Ruins" was shot in the spring of 1999 while Perez worked at KVIA-TV in El Paso. The first story in the series focused on the Paquime Indian ruins located near Casas Grandes. The ruins were inhabited by the Paquime Indians around 1230 A.D. Perez said the ruins are a "hidden treasure" that many people in the United States do not know about.

The second story was a feature on artist Juan Quezada, who is know for his pottery that resembles the ancient pottery of the Paquime Indians. Quezada is from the small village of Juan Mata Ortiz located about 50 miles southwest of Casas Grandes.

Perez said he was surprised by the award because the other nominees were from the Los Angeles television market.

"It's not too often that you have a photographer from the El Paso TV market size beat those the size of L.A., which is the number two market in the country," Perez said.

Perez graduated from NMSU in 1993 with bachelor's degrees in broadcast journalism and foreign language. He teaches laboratory classes in television production and reporting in the NMSU journalism department and is a photographer, editor and producer at KRWG-TV, the public television station at NMSU. In addition to his work with KRWG-TV and KVIA, Perez had worked for KOAT-TV in Albuquerque and two television stations in San Antonio, Texas.

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists was established in 1984 and has a goal of recognizing the professional advancement of Hispanics in the news industry. Perez became a member in February. NAHJ has approximately 1,500 members, including working journalists, journalism students, other media-related professionals and academic scholars.

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CUTLINE: Hugo Perez. (NMSU photo by Deja Cloud)

Chris J. Minnick
Aug. 3, 2000