It’s their job: Don Criss

Name: Don Criss

Job: KENW director of production services

Time on job: 35 years

Background: Criss grew up in Upstate New York and came to Eastern New Mexico University in 1962. He earned a bachelor’s degree in theater and a master’s degree in educational media from ENMU.

What does your job entail?: I supervise the production of five local television programs.

What is a typical day like for you?: I have no really typical day. But today, for instance, I helped out with the production of Creative Living, which is Sheryl Borden’s show. I looked over new equipment, and I’m preparing to install it in Studio B. And along the way, I trained some student camera operators.

Why did you choose this job?: I have always been fascinated by the television industry, and this was a great job to participate in it.

What training do you need for this job?: My bachelor’s in theater helped, and I was the first person ever to minor or major in radio and television at ENMU. And I worked in commercial television for four years in Odessa, Texas, before I came here to work. I taught a year of high school speech and drama at Roswell High.

What do you enjoy most about the job?: Working with all of the very intelligent people I work with, including students.


— Compiled by PNT Senior Writer Argen Duncan