About FARMINGTON LOCAL NEWS

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Farmington Local News was launched in January 2021 by Local NEWS Network and is LNN's 5th location to launch. We are committed to creating and broadcasting local news about Farmington and San Juan County, New Mexico that celebrates our local community, as well as success stories on businesses and people doing great things in the region

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Meet the FARMINGTON local news Team

Hayley Opsal

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Hayley is a Colorado native who has called Durango and thegreater Four Corners area home for the last sixteen years. She joined the LocalNEWS Network team in the spring of 2022 to grow and expand Local NEWS inFarmington, New Mexico. Hayley's relentless enthusiasm and drive to buildcommunity has led to stronger partnerships in Farmington and a growing base offollowers in the Four Corners area. If she's not hosting a new segment ormaking new connections, you can find her outside hiking, paddleboarding, playingwith her kids, or running around with her German Shepherd pup.

Tracey Wagster

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Director of Sales

Meet Tracey Wagster-Hilton, a seasoned Marketing and Advertising Director with a proven track record of delivering outstanding results in the dynamic world of marketing. Tracey has demonstrated an exceptional ability to craft and execute innovative marketing strategies that drive brand awareness, engagement, and revenue growth. Throughout her career, Tracey has consistently exceeded expectations by leveraging her deep understanding of consumer behavior, market trends, and emerging technologies. Tracey has successfully led cross-functional teams, collaborating with creative minds, data analysts, and media experts to deliver impactful campaigns that resonate with audiences. With an impressive portfolio of successful campaigns and a reputation for delivering results, Tracey Wagster-Hilton continues to be a driving force in the world of marketing and advertising. Her passion for the industry, combined with her extensive knowledge and experience, makes her a trusted advisor and a go-to resource for businesses seeking to achieve marketing excellence.

Donna Hewett

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Video Journalist

Donna Hewett is a third generation Farmington native. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin where she earned a Bachelor of Journalism.

She became an “accidental” food critic for an English-language magazine in Paris after graduation. After many misadventures oversees, she sold her grandmother’s ruby ring for a one-way ticket to New York City, where she flourished for 15 years.

Hewett came back home for a visit, where she reconnected with and married the love of her life. In addition to her work for Farmington Local News and LNN, she writes essays for the Durango Telegraph. She enjoys golfing, gardening and the culinary arts.

Wendy Graham Settle

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News Host

Wendy Graham Settle (PHR, SHRM-CP) is a dynamic Learning andDevelopment professional with a passion for marketing. Her superpower is clearwritten and verbal communication on camera or in front of live audiences. Herrich 20 year career includes work with small tech startups and large Fortune500 corporations. Wendy's international relations background and energy fortravel and languages gives her a global view that makes it easy for her toquickly connect and influence. She is a credentialed human resourceprofessional through the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and HumanCapital Institute (HCI). Outside of corporate training, Wendy leads a varietyof music, song and dance events across the USA and around the world.

Zach Marqua

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Production Manager

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Film from MontanaState University, Zach moved to Los Angeles where he worked freelance in thefilm and television industry. When the pandemic brought him back to hishometown Durango in 2020, he had a serendipitous encounter with Matt Crossettof the LNN while hiking, and soon after joined the LNN team. As videographerand editor, Zach employs his love for visual storytelling to produce contentthat's relevant and engaging to the community he loves the most.

Hannah Robertson

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News Director

Hannah joined the Local NEWS Network team as a video journalist in February 2021 after completing a Master's in International Journalism from Cardiff University in Wales. A Durango native, she enjoyed learning about her community in a new way through the lens of her camera. Hannah took over as News Director in the fall of 2022 with the goals of increasing the scope and range of the Local NEWS Network in Durango, Montezuma-Cortez, and Farmington.

Deborah Uroda

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News Director

After an award-winning journalism career, she joined Laurie in 2013 to launch Durango TV and blended her knowledge of journalism and public relations to build a proven process for creating short video news stories that are relevant to the community and have in-depth reporting. As NEWS Producer of LNN, she trains journalists how to transition from a print-based writer to a video journalist, how to find relevant and important stories in their community, and how to write stories using the LNN VideoScript Template™.

Laurie Sigillito

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Executive Producer

After a successful career in technology and management, Laurie opened the Durango FASTSIGNS® in 2009. In 2013, she purchased DurangoTV. Laurie was the Colorado State Competition winner with her 2018 Business Plan for starting a visual communications company. She was also awarded Entrepreneur for the year award in 2020 by Durango Chamber of Commerce and FASTSIGNS Award her their prodigious FASTSIGNS Franchisee of the year in 2015.

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