The Sports Director at FOX 28 is home grown and not only brings you the games and stories with a camera and microphone, but he's played them as well. No one has covered more high school games in this market than this guy. At the same time, when it comes to Notre Dame coverage he doesn't miss a beat on the field, at the practices, covering recruiting and of course getting it done on game days. He anchors, shoots, edits and does the hard interviews.
As one of the best story tellers in Indiana and Michigan, Dean has the awards to back it up. He is the only television broadcaster in the market to win the prestigious IHSAA Distinguished Media Award. He has also earned multiple awards from the Associated Press for his outstanding sports coverage. Most recently he won the 2009 Best Sports Report in Indiana for his "Tyler Allman Story," and the 2011 Best Sports for, "Matt Wills: Staying in Bounds."
Dean has been with WSJV-TV since 1991. He started as a TV sports reporter in our area in 1989. His passion started in Bremen, where he earned 10 varsity letters in baseball, basketball and tennis. He played against future NBA stars Shawn Kemp, Rick Fox and Scott Skiles. He also officiated basketball for a number of years. Dean went to The University of Indianapolis and became the school's all-time wins leader in tennis and started his broadcasting career at the school's radio station WICR.
Dean's love of sports continues today. His fastpitch softball team not only won 6 state championships, but travels around the country to play. Dean picked up 1st Team NAFA All-World honors in 2006 as his team finished as the National Runner-up. He also coaches a girls travel softball team, the Bremen Knockouts.
Dean works tirelessly combining his passion for sports with his investment in our community.
He takes great pride in co-hosting the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon, something he's done since 1995. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Elkhart Area Career Center, and is a board member for the 3 C's Scholarship Fund and the Michiana Racing Hall of Fame.
In addition to his nightly sportscast, Dean is known for the FOX 28 Golf Challenge and Sports Extra. He leads the FOX 28 team every Friday night, where they have shown as many as 24 high school game highlights during a single show-- Sports Extra: Michiana's best Friday night sports show.
You can catch Dean every weeknight on FOX 28 News at 10.
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