Carey has been described as “not just the chief photographer for KRQE, but really for all of Albuquerque.” Carey’s broadcast career started in 1980 as a production assistant at KPAX-TV Missoula, Montana. He later served as a production manager for KRTV-TV in Great Falls, Montana for three years before moving to Albuquerque in 1984 to be a photographer at KGGM-TV, which later became KRQE-TV. Carey stayed at KRQE for 31 years, where he eventually became chief photographer and was noted for the mentoring and fire training that he provided to all photographers in Albuquerque. Over the years, he was heavily involved in the planning and execution of all of KRQE’s special projects from the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival to elections to presidential visits. Carey retired in 2015 and today lives in Missoula, Montana with his wife, Mary.