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Native El Pasoan, UTEP Grad Returns to Sun City to Anchor KTSM’s Newscasts

More than a few of us have left El Paso over our lifetimes. Be it for University, the military, or what we perceived as better opportunities; we have braved the unknown and headed out to chase our dreams.

Then, we come back.

We all have our different reasons: family, being homesick, or the City itself brings us back. I can picture Michael Corleone, from the Godfather, speaking of El Paso when he said, “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.”

Don’t get me wrong, I love El Paso and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. I’ve seen the world, and nothing compares to what we have here. KTSM’s newest anchor, Natassia Paloma has done her share of traveling before returning home.

“A big thing is my roots here in El Paso, the reason why I came back,” says Natassia. “I had a baby when I was working in San Antonio. But, growing up here, my Grandmother who is from Juarez, and my mother who are so important to who I am, I wanted him to be around those people.”

Growing up in El Paso, and wanting to return home, so your children can be around family, is another thing that makes El Paso unique. It wants drive us, that connection to family, that wanting to be with family.

“I’ve always loved writing,” Natassia says. “In fifth grade, I joined my first official newspaper, at my elementary school.”

As for being a journalist? Writing has been a way of life for Natassia, as she joined school newspapers along the journey to KTSM.

“I’ve always loved writing,” Natassia says. “In fifth grade, I joined my first official newspaper, at my elementary school.”

Natassia is a graduate of UTEP, where she majored in Journalism. After graduation she worked for the Victoria Advocate as a diversity reporter where she was able to meet with and write about a diverse community- even scoring interviews that connected to events in Pakistan and other parts of the world.

I think a lot of Natassia,” says Chris Cobler, an editor at the Victoria Advocate.

“She was a very good reporter for us. What I appreciate about her is that has the newspaper chops that she takes to television. I think that’s in the spirit of Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather. The best TV journalist Edward Murrow had a newspaper background before he went to TV.”

From the newspaper, she moved to KVCT, a Fox affiliate in Victoria, Texas. Then, she found herself at KENS5 in San Antonio. Now, she’s back in El Paso, at KTSM where she was once an intern during the morning show with Noreen Jaramillo and Mark Mathis.

“I remember Natashia as a focused and motivated person,” says Noreen Jaramillo, now with Emergence Health Network. “You could see her drive, her potentional. Working on the morning show, as an intern, you must possess that drive. With her connections to El Paso, I am glad she is joining the team at NewsChannel 9.”

Natassia roots run deep in El Paso. From a childhood in the Segundo Barrio and El Paso’s East Side to her work on UTEP’s Borderzine, she brings a wealth of experience and knowledge about the city; it’s people, heritage, and history to the KTSM News anchor desk.

She’s an outgoing, charismatic individual who cares about the stories she covers. Just talking to her, about her work, her past, that comes across. She has the news and journalism in her blood.

Natassia’s first day on air will be Sunday, January 28; you can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Forecasting Friendship: KTSM’s Chuck Debroder Continues to Shine in the Sun City

When I attended the Sun Bowl Parade last November, I had so many people asking that I do a story on Chuck Debroder, KTSM’s long-time Meteorologist. Like the annual parade, he’s become an El Paso icon.

“I only get the weather from Chuck,” said Alex Mendoza, during the parade. “He’s become like one of us.”

He has. Over the years Chuck as put his down roots in El Paso, he’s woven himself into the fabric of our lives. Chuck has also become a weatherman we can depend on.

Continuing NewsChannel 9’s tradition of weathermen longevity, Chuck now stands beside another legendary Weatherman and community favorite, Ted Bender.  Just like Ted, Chuck has become a part of the community.

“I like Chuck,” said Veronica Lozoya. “He’s not talking to us like we are children when he gives the weather. He talks to us like we are friends and the only ones watching!”

So how did Chuck end up here? Well, let’s talk about just that.

This story – his story – starts on a snowy January 17th in Denver, Colorado not too many years ago.

“After they delivered me, the hospital stopped delivering babies,” Chuck recalls with a sly grin. “I don’t know if there was any correlation. They’re back at it again, but it took them a good twenty-five year before they started delivering babies again because I was a shock.”

That’s Chuck. Always joking, always smiling.

After this, I discovered that Chuck and I had a somewhat parallel life in that we both worked in radio. Chuck in Colorado, before coming down to Texas.

“I grew up in Colorado. In Arvada, then Green Mountain mainly,” says Chuck.

When it came time for college, he attended the University of Southern Colorado, “Which is now CSU Pueblo,” says Chuck. “Kind of like the UTEP of Colorado in many ways.”

Pueblo shares many similarities with us here in El Paso: a large Hispanic population, warmer than the rest of the state, but “not as warm as us,” says Chuck.

I remember when I was living in Pueblo, before moving to Canyon City, Colorado. There are a lot of similarities. Like us, at least back then, you couldn’t even convince the city or county to fix the roads, much less the state.  Plus there are also seasons in Pueblo!

But I digress, this is about Chuck, and not me.

“I went into radio and found out that you can qualify for free government cheese on what they pay you,” says Chuck of his first few jobs. (Again, those parallels in our lives. Even here, when I started radio back in 1985, there wasn’t that much money in it).

“I said, ‘well, let’s go into PR,’” said Chuck. Suddenly he found himself doing corporate relations for Adolf Coors for the next ten months, before returning to college.

“Didn’t want to say, ‘what if,’” recalls Chuck. “So, I went to Metropolitan State College, it was actually Metro State University now, in downtown Denver and got a meteorology degree.”

After graduation Chuck found himself working for Colorado’s up-and-coming gaming industry, for the casinos. As a consultant for them, he would give the weather forecast, and the outlook for the tracks that had horse racing.

“I still had to wait tables at Chili’s,” says Chuck.

Then came the move to Texas.

“I moved to Lubbock,” said Chuck. When moving to Texas, Chuck took a leap of faith. He was promised a job in TV.

“When I got there,I called the news director,” said Chuck. “He’s like, ‘today’s my last day, good luck.’” So, back to Chili’s while applying at the other stations in town.

After some time, the original station hired a new news director and took Chuck on.

“They hired me at minimum wage,” says Chuck of that station in Lubbock. “I made more money as a Chili’s waiter, which I had to continue to do.”

He recalls taking orders, at Chili’s, while working as a weekend meteorologist.

“So, people would be like, ‘Hey, Chuck; I love your weather, what are you doing here,” Chuck said. “How do you like your fajitas?” he would respond.

Chuck traces his wanting to be a weatherman to his mom.

“You know, I thought back,” says Chuck, “my mom watches every weathercast when she gets home all the way till she goes to bed. And she flips around; then she’ll watch the one she likes. That was the way it kind of stuck in my head.”

Just twenty-two years ago Chuck came to El Paso. From his first day here, he has become part of the city, a friend to all of us.

When Chuck became ill, and announced it back in September 2012, the family that is El Paso rallied around him, worried about him, wished him well and wanted to know how to help him.

“When he was sick, you could see that!” says Jennifer Rojas. “I worried about him like so many of us here in El Paso.”

So, who is Chuck Debroder?

Chuck is El Paso. He is a member of our family, a close friend. He’s someone who will take the time to stop and talk to anyone who says ‘hi.’

Christopher Rojas says Chuck is a legend. He’s right, he’s a legend, and we are glad to have him here in El Paso.

Check out Chuck on KTSM NewsChannel 9 at 5, 6 and 10 pm.