Peabody Award-winning investigative reporter Stephen Dean joins RTV6 as the newest member of the Call 6 Investigators team.
Dean, an investigative reporter since 1984, spent 17 years reporting in Texas, most recently the past 11 years at KPRC-TV in Houston where he won numerous awards for his work, including the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi Award and the coveted Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio, Television News Directors Association. In the nation’s fourth largest city, his work got laws changed and resulted in corrupt elected officials being removed from office and even sent to jail.
He was awarded the Peabody Award, one of the highest honors in broadcasting, for exposing a U.S. military practice of ignoring DNA evidence when soldiers committed violent crimes. His reporting prompted Congress to pass a law that was signed by the president, forever changing how the military investigates crimes in uniform.
"My whole career has focused on digging for stories that aren't being told anywhere else," says Dean. "I"m so lucky to head back home to the Midwest for a station that knows all about this kind of commitment. There's no other place I'd rather tackle this than RTV6."
Dean is a native of the Midwest and attended Ohio University. He has also worked for WTVN radio, WCMH-TV and WSYX in Columbus, Ohio, covering the police and city hall beats.
Stephen is happy to be back in the Midwest where he feels most at home. He has been married to the love of his life since 1997.
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