KACV Blogger--John Kanelis

John Kanelis

I’m one of those who embodies the bumper sticker that says, “I wasn’t born in Amarillo, but I got here as quickly as I could.” I’m a native of Oregon and have lived in Texas since 1984. I moved with my wife to Amarillo in January 1995.

My career until now has been in print journalism. I worked as editorial page editor at the Amarillo Globe-News for more than 17 years and held a similar job for nearly 11 years at the Beaumont Enterprise before moving to the High Plains. And before that I served as editor of a small suburban daily paper in Oregon City, Ore. I don’t profess to be an “expert” on anything, but I have gained a good bit of knowledge about Texas politics’ sometimes-peculiar nature.

I studied political science at Portland State University in my hometown of Portland. I am a veteran of the U.S. Army and served a tour in Vietnam. I’ve been married for more than four decades and my wife and I have two nearly perfect sons to show for it.

But enough about me.

This blog – A Public View – will call attention to public affairs programming presented on KACV, which brings great value to the educational fabric of the Panhandle. I’m glad to be a part of that effort.

Let’s enjoy the ride together.



  1. Thanks for your service in fighting the wars, of both politics and ideas.

    1. Just saw this comment on the Public View blog. Thanks for sending it in.

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