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Chris Babcock

chris babcockEditor in Chief

El Paso Herald-Post, horizoncity.com

Chris began his long journey in Journalism back in the early 70’s. Armed with a Bell and Howell 8mm camera and tape recorder (provided by his Grandfather,) Chris would go on to document such events as the great plastic dinosaur attack on Tornillo, GI Joe’s dramatic rescue of Barbie from a backyard mud pit and a massive toy train derailment caused by Godzilla.

As Chris moved into elementary school he would pretend to be ProNews Reporter Marce Galaviz, chasing down facts on school yard fights and football games at O’Donnell Elementary School in Fabens.

During his formative Junior High school years in Fabens, Chris was the only student who knew how to re-loop a Dukane movie projector and sync the sound on a projected slide show. His know-how allowed many a PE/Health class enjoy National Geographic shows long before VCR were common place in schools and spared him many a wedgie.

High School further cemented Chris’ status as an AV geek, as he videotaped school football and basketball games, graduations and numerous other functions while maintaining his position as Editor of the Wildcat Yearbook; where he was Editor-in-Chief both his Junior and Senior years. For his work with the Wildcat athletic staff, Chris was awarded a letter in Journalism. Yes, Journalism.

After high school, Chris enrolled in UTEP’s 15-year-degree plan, ran amusement park rides in Colorado, delivered furniture in Phoenix, taught Journalism and Special Ed at Fabens ISD, managed a Northeast EP clothing outlet, built several websites (and stock cars), ran El Paso Speedway Park, and spent 11 memorable (and wet) months working at a car wash. It was at the car wash that he first applied for and got a job at KVIA/ABC-7 in the summer of 2004.

His tenure at ABC-7 included several AP awards for Best Web Site, while the web site has spent numerous months as the region’s #1 television website. KVIA was also awarded the AP’s Mark Twain award, thanks to Chris’ vigilance in notifying the AP of regional breaking news events.

Chris also reported from the field during Storm2006, with stories from his home turf of the Lower Valley to the city’s Upper Valley. He occasionally can be seen on TV, reporting on web and technology-themed stories.

In the Summer of 2007, Chris was promoted to Assignment Editor, while his duties as Digital Content Director were molded into that position. During the same time, Chris became a full-time radio play-by-play announcer for ESPN600, a position he continues to this day and cherishes greatly.

By the Summer of 2013, a new job beckoned and Chris moved to KTSM. He spent the next 2 ½ years working as Director of News Content – and the final 5 months of his tenure there as Interim News Director (Twice.)

In his free time, Chris thoroughly enjoys his off-time with his wife, three kids, six nieces, and Chewie the dog; as well as traveling all around the Borderland or just hanging around the house.

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5 comments

  1. Chris
    Thank you for investing in El Paso. I love and miss my
    hometown and always felt frustrated with those who
    Would rather spend time badmouthing El Paso than
    taking time to invest and make it a better place. I wish
    you nothing but success and happiness. Through you I
    Know thoughtful journalism will make its way home
    through this valiant endeavor.

  2. I am so thrilled to see this site. Give us lots of local news and good writing about things that matter for more than 30 seconds.

  3. I must say, this ruffled my feathers a little. I was a reporter and editor at the Herald-Post from 1989 to 1994. Like pretty much all of my colleagues I sweated blood for the H-P, and occasionally shed a bit of the real thing. Seeing the name in use again is a bit jarring.

    The feather-ruffling is subsiding, however. In its place rises hope for some serious journalism to be done in that name.

    I’ll be watching.

  4. Great to see a new news outlet. I loved the “original” HP, and look forward to reading this one. There’s lots of stuff going on in EP that warrants covering; the lack of leadership at city hall, the inability or stubborn refusal by those so-called leaders to see that preserving the historic Trost buildings downtown is actually an economic development tool; the fact that EP has one of the highest foreclosure rates in the country… The story about the children’s hospital… It’s a news Mecca!

  5. You go Chris! I speak for many of us when I say your hometown is proud of you and I know you and your team breathe new and refreshing life back into the Herald Post! ????????????

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