Dr. Carla Aragón is an Emmy Award-winning journalist with more than 35 years of broadcast experience.

Carla left television news in November 2007 to pursue other interests, which include writing a bilingual children’s book called “Dance of the Eggshells/Baile de los Cascarones.”  The book, published by UNM Press, is now available as part of the Spring 2010 catalog.

She currently writes a monthly column for the Santa Fe Hometown News which focuses on positive community news. In addition, she is a freelance Producer, Writer and Talent for various television and radio projects. Recently, she was the producer/talent for the Senator Pete V. Domenici oral history, which is part of the Domenici Archives established at New Mexico State University.

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Aragón was appointed by Governor Bill Richardson to the newly formed New Mexico/Sonora, Mexico Commission. Its goal is to establish mutually beneficial programs to resolve challenges common to both states and maximize economic development.

As a television news anchor for KOB-TV, Carla covered all the major stories in New Mexico, including the massive Cerro Grande Fire. The native New Mexican has guided viewers through breaking news coverage of devastating natural disasters, elections, and other notable events such as the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

Before joining KOB-TV in 1994, Aragón spent 11 years in Los Angeles working at KNBC-TV as the morning co-anchor of the top-rated weekday morning newscast, “Today in L.A.,” and as a general assignment reporter. She covered the O.J. Simpson Trial, two visits by Pope John Paul II, the Los Angeles riots and several California earthquakes and fires.

Honored several times for her outstanding work in journalism and community service, Aragón was conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from her alma mater, New Mexico State University in May 2009. She won an Emmy Award for “Final Journey,” documenting the final days of a hospice patient. She has also been honored with numerous Associated Press and New Mexico Broadcast Association Awards.

Carla was on the cover and featured in the Radio TV News Directors Association magazine, “The Communicator.” The July 2007 article highlighted minority women in the media and recognized her contributions as one of the founding members of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. She was also included in the book, “Mujeres Valerosas,” (Women of Valor) published by the New Mexico Hispanic Women’s Council in 2007. “Mujeres Valerosas” is a documentary book about extraordinary, contemporary women leaders of New Mexico. Aragón was named one of the Most Influential Hispanics in the U.S. by Hispanic Business Magazine in 1990.

She currently holds the office of secretary for the New Mexico Women's Forum. She is Lector at the Aquinas Newman Center at UNM; a “Pennies for the Homeless” volunteer; was a member of the Women of Distinction Committee for the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum; was a member of the development council for UNM’s Children’s Hospital; and a member of the board of trustees of the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation.

She enjoys gardening, traveling, white water rafting and spending time with her husband, Allen Lewis, and their two rescue dogs.