Ramon Bracamontes, a veteran El Paso journalist, was named editor of El Paso Matters on Wednesday. He will start in the position on Jan. 31.
Bracamontes served in a variety of reporting and editing roles at the El Paso Times between 1984 and 2016, including managing editor. He also worked for USA Today and the Reno Gazette-Journal.
He has served as chief aide to El Paso County Administrator Betsy Keller since December 2016, and also served as communications manager for state Sen. Eliot Shapleigh, D-El Paso, from 1999 to 2005.
“As the newest member of the El Paso Matters newsroom I look forward to learning from the reporters on staff while at the same time helping them expand our government watchdog mandate by focusing on in-depth and investigative stories that will make a difference in our community,” Bracamontes said.
Robert Moore, El Paso Matters CEO and founder, announced Bracamontes’ hiring.
“Ramon is passionate about El Paso, and about the role that quality journalism can play in improving communities,” said Moore, who worked with Bracamontes at the El Paso Times for almost 20 years. “He has a talent for telling important stories, and helping reporters improve their own storytelling.”
Bracamontes is an El Paso native and graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso.
He succeeds Julián Aguilar, who is joining The Texas Newsroom, a public radio collaboration, as an El Paso-based reporter.