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Isaac Avilucea

Albuquerque, NM

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Isaac Avilucea is an award-winning journalist and a former staff writer for the Santa Fe New Mexican. He's covered everything from drought to high-profile coaching kerfuffles (See: Mike Locksley), and his work has appeared in numerous state and national publications, including the Albuquerque Journal, Athlon Sports and Versus.com. He is a 2011 graduate of the University of New Mexico.

Work Experience

Contributing Writer

Clovis News Journal
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Clovis, NM
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March 2013 to Present

Responsibilities 
Write sports articles for the newspaper.

Contributing Writer

Guadalupe County Communicator
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Santa Rosa, NM
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April 2012 to Present

Responsibilities 
Write news, feature and sports articles for the newspaper. 
 
Accomplishments 
New Mexico Press Association-Associated Press Managing Editors 
Sports writing, first place, Class III Weekly; (2012)

Contributing Writer

Athlon Sports Magazine
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Nashville, TN
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September 2011 to Present

Contribute annually to the magazine’s college basketball preview.

Staff Reporter

Santa Fe New Mexican
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Santa Fe, NM
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February 2012 to December 2012

Responsibilities 
Wrote investigative, breaking news, hard-news and sports stories for one of the state’s largest daily newspapers. Well-versed in New Mexico public record laws.

Sports Reporter

El Defensor Chieftain
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Socorro, NM
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August 2011 to February 2012

Responsibilities 
Was the sports editor in principle, not title; wrote, edited articles, and oversaw 
production of biweekly section. Took pictures, wrote cutlines and headlines. 
 
Accomplishments 
New Mexico Press Association-Associated Press Managing Editors 
Sports columns, first place, Class III Weekly; (2012)

Managing Editor

Daily Lobo
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Albuquerque, NM
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May 2010 to May 2011

Responsibilities 
Supervised a 30-40-person staff; edited content for structure, AP style, accuracy, 
grammar and punctuation, and coherency. Oversaw newspaper production 2-3 nights per week 
 
Accomplishments 
New Mexico Press Association-Associated Press Managing Editors 
Sports columns, first and second place, Class II Daily; (2012)

Sports Editor

Daily Lobo
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Albuquerque, NM
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December 2007 to May 2010

Responsibilities 
Managed a four-person staff; planned, assigned, wrote and edited stories. Covered the New Mexico Bowl, Mountain West Conference men’s and women’s basketball tournaments and men’s and women’s NCAA basketball tournaments. 
 
Accomplishments 
New Mexico Press Association-Associated Press Managing Editors 
Sports columns, first place, Class I Daily; (2010) 
Headline writing, first place, Class I Daily. (2010)

Education

BA in Journalism

University of New Mexico -
Albuquerque, NM

2007 to 2011

Skills

Writing, editing, interviewing

Awards

New Mexico Press Association-Associated Press Managing Editors award

Sports columns, first and second place, Class II Daily; (2012) 
Sports columns, first place, Class III Weekly; (2012) 
Sports writing, first place, Class III Weekly; (2012) 
Sports columns, first place, Class II Daily; (2011) 
Sports columns, first place, Class I Daily; (2010) 
Headline writing, first place, Class I Daily. (2010)