Dean Pantazi

Weekend Sports Anchor/ Weekday Sports Reporter "Dean of Sports"

Dean joined the staff at 21Alive as a reporter in December 1974, splitting time between news and sports. His duties were shifted to strictly sports in 1985,

A native of Chicago, Dean has a radio-television degree from Southern Illinois University, where he first began his broadcasting career in radio and television. After college, he worked at radio and TV stations in Elkhart, and came to Fort Wayne as a radio newsman in July of 1974. Dean joined 21 Alive five months later.

Besides his work at 21Alive, Dean has done work in radio sports for six different area stations in play by play and sports talk, and co created and co hosted Sports Talk on WOWO from 1985 to 2001.

Dean has been a radio and television voice of IPFW men's basketball and Fort Wayne Firehawks indoor football, and has been honored by a Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette Reader's Poll as Fort Wayne's favorite television sportscaster,

He has received awards for distinguished service from the Indiana High School Athletic Association, the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association, the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association, the Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Administrators' Association.

Dean was inducted into the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame in 2011.

In 2013, the Fort Wayne Baseball Federation honored Dean with the Bob Parker Award for service to baseball in northeast Indiana.

A sports fan even when not working, Dean enjoys playing all sports, especially basketball and softball, as well as travel, music, and movies. He is married with a daughter, a son, their spouses, and three grandsons.