Is KPRC 2's Stephen Dean leaving Houston?
The quote he gave me back then answered that question without actually saying it in my opinion:
"My bosses mentioned hearing that rumor [Thursday] as well, and it surprised us all quite a bit," Dean told mikemcguff.com in February. "I signed a new contract just a few months ago, and I'm quite happy with it. My management has asked that I leave my response about my future with the station at that."
I always thought the part that says, "My management has asked that I leave my response about my future with the station at that" kind of said indirectly I'm out of here but my bosses don't want me yacking about it.
Well today Dean informed me he is headed to WSYX ABC6 On Your Side in Columbus, Ohio.
"I am thrilled to be going home to be doing the exact kind of investigative reporting that I love doing so much in Houston," Dean told mikemcguff.com. "It is the perfect chance to go home."
Columbus is also home for Dean's wife where they both have family.
Dean told me that he had some great times in Houston. Some of his favorite investigations were his local law enforcement drone story and a series of reports that forever changed how the U. S. military investigates crimes - a story that earned him the Peabody Award.
According to his LinkedIn account, Dean also worked as an investigative reporter at KTRH 740 NewsRadio, reporter at WCMH-TV and assistant news director/reporter at 610 WTVN Radio. So now Dean will be back where he started at WTVN - Columbus, Ohio.
"We always knew we wanted to go back home, just didn't know when we would have the chance," Dean told me.