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UTEP KTEP Staff, Wednesday, July 14, 2021, in El Paso, TX. Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre / UTEP Communications

John R. Carrillo

Interim General Manager & Development Director

John R. Carrillo has worked in the communications field for 40 years with experience as an announcer, recording engineer, in resource development, and public relations.

John started his professional career after his first semester at UTEP working at a commercial radio station. He went on to become the morning drive disc jockey at two of El Paso's top rock stations. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication (UTEP, 1979) he became a recording engineer and national level technical trainer with Empowerment through Communications (ETCOM) where he also went on to become a cofounder of KXCR Radio.

Recognized for his expertise in audio production, he was recruited by National Public Radio in Washington, D.C. The highlight of his 10 year tenure at NPR was being named the Project Engineer for the nationally broadcast 26-part series "Making the Music with Wynton Marsalis." John received the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award for his work on this series.

Leaving NPR in 1998, John returned to El Paso and has concentrated his efforts as a communication/public relations/technology/development executive working for such prominent organizations as the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission, The El Paso Empowerment Zone, the Anthony Independent School District and Communities in Schools of El Paso.