Stella Gallegos began her career with KGGM TV and Radio (now KRQE) in Albuquerque in 1961. She got her start as a receptionist/traffic clerk for both TV and radio. She moved up over her 40 career years and was promoted to assistant then TV Traffic Manager. As recently as 1999 she was still in charge of integrating the traffic systems of owned stations in Albuquerque, Durango, Colorado, Roswell New Mexico and El Paso. She is the recipient of many Lee Enterprises employee awards.