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Dr. Brandon M. Merritt
UTEP College of Health Sciences
BLOOM is an interdisciplinary health education program for the gender diverse community of the Paso del Norte region.

Host Louie Saenz welcomes Dr. Brandon M. Merritt of the College of Health Sciences and the Department of Rehabilitation Science to talk about gender expression and mental health.

Dr. Brendon M. Merritt worked as a speech pathologist for almost ten years before pursuing his research degree. His rich portfolio is centered on gender diversity and speech communication. His questions focus on how people use the way they speak to communicate gender identity, how listeners use speech characteristics to judge speakers’ genders, and why listeners sometimes differ in judgments about a speaker’s gender.

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This interview originally aired on April 31, 2023.

Louie Saenz has been in the news broadcasting business for over thirty years. He has been a News Anchor and Reporter for KDBC-TV, KOAT-TV in Albuquerque, NM and KTSM-TV in El Paso. Saenz earned a degree in Journalism from NMSU, and a Masters in Communication from UTEP. He is currently the News & Public Affairs Director for KTEP-FM, and a lecturer in the Communication Department. He is also the host of Focus on Campus and co-host on El Paso Prime Time.
Sam Cassiano is a native Californian who spent his formative years in the Bay Area. An army brat, his family toured Germany and Japan before settling in El Paso in 1973. Initially a Communications Major at UTEP, a radio internship at KPAS-FM 94, the PASS launched his broadcasting career. He can be heard as the morning news anchor on KTEP during NPR's Morning Edition, and Friday evenings at 10 pm as the host of Friday Night Blues.