Rudy Casillas is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in radio and television. He began his career as a news photographer for Tucson’s NBC affiliate, KVOA in 1978. He also served as an editor and producer for the PBS station, KAET Channel 8, in Tempe, for three years. He eventually returned to Tucson as production manager for the start-up of independent station KDTU, now KTTU Channel 18. In 1989 he started at KUAT as a senior producer and director and in 1999, was named program manager. In 2004, Rudy was promoted to assistant general manager. Casillas also served as a volunteer consultant for Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) fundraising projects and chair of the National Educational Television Association Program Council.
The Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences inducted him into the prestigious Silver Circle Society, in 2004. To be selected, individuals must have served in broadcasting for more than 25 years and must have made major contributions to the industry.
After 18 years Casillas left KUAT -TV6, in June of 2007 for Arlington, Virginia. He is a senior director for PBS.