Patricia L. Garcia

It all started with music. Really, that’s how my journalism career started — I realized early on that, while I loved music, I was not a talented musician and never would be. But I could write. So the next best thing was to write about music and the musicians that filled my days with inspiration. From 80s hair metal to the grungy 90s (and everything in between), I wanted to write about all about music.

Oddly enough, my first real journalism job was filled with hard news, breaking news, and more news. I honed my news writing skills with The Associated Press in Albuquerque, N.M., after graduating from New Mexico State University in 2003. I covered a variety of stories, from the murder of Marissa Marguerite Mathy-Zvaifler, a Santa Fe girl who was murdered while attending a concert in Albuquerque, to a wildfire that broke out in Albuquerque’s beloved bosque to Texas Democrats who ran away to New Mexico to break quorum (similar to what recently happened in Texas). I came back to the area, where I worked first as an education reporter for the Las Cruces Sun-News and then was promoted to the paper’s Features Editor, where I was able to interview local (and national) musicians, artists and write lifestyle and general news. And while I loved the music part of the job, I loved writing stories about everyday people even more. Like the World War II vet from Las Cruces who landed at Normandy when he was just 18. Or the many talented artists still creating in Las Cruces even now.

In 2005, I moved to Austin, where I became associate editor of the Texas Bar Journal. After a six-year stint working with the lawyers of Texas, I transitioned into the digital world as content manager of a variety of websites for a homebuilding marketing firm, Builder Homesite Inc., managing a team of more than 20 freelance writers throughout the country.

I moved back to El Paso in 2016 and served as editor of Su Casa Magazine, El Paso, and Southern New Mexico, a shelter and lifestyle publication. I joined KTSM 9 News in August 2020 as digital content director for the station, coordinating the station’s strategic digital content and social media plans. In short, I handle all things web for KTSM.

I still love music as much as when I started my journalism career, but I am happier introducing my 6-year-old son to the good stuff than doing celebrity interviews these days.

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