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Dean Pantazi


Dean joined the staff at WPTA21 as a reporter in December 1974, splitting time between news and sports. His duties were shifted to strictly sports in 1985.

Dean now serves as a sports contributor for WPTA.

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 WPTA21 five months later.

Besides his work at WPTA21, 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, and the Fort Wayne Sports Corporation..

Dean was inducted into the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame in 2011, and into the Fort Wayne Komets Hall of Fame in 2018.

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

In 2020, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences honored Dean with its Golden Circle Award for 50 years of excellence in television.

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

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