The MetroFocus Team

David Brown – Executive Producer
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MetroFocus Executive Producer David Brown has created, launched and run programs for major news outlets including CNN and Fox. As an executive producer at CNN, he ran the weekend afternoon edition of News Room, and formatted, launched and ran both At This Hour and Wolf simultaneously through 2014. At Fox, he launched and executive produced more than a few of its highest rated programs including The O’Reilly Report/The O’Reilly Factor, On The Record with Greta Van Susteren, The Edge with Paula Zahn, The Crier Report hosted by Catherine Crier, and Geraldo At Large. He also reformatted and executive produced Fox & Friends and Fox & Friends Weekend for a number of years and created it’s successful digital component, The After the Show Show. In addition, he oversaw all of Weekend Primetime Programming for a number of years, and executive produced a variety of specials, including New Year’s Eve coverage live from Times Square in 2006 and 2007. David has worked closely with both clients and advertising executives to integrate branded marketing into programming he’s created. He is a three-time Emmy-nominated executive producer, winner of the New York Festival Award for “Best Breaking News Coverage 2015” (CNN), winner of “The Fair Media Council Award” and the “NOW Award” for his work with Tribune Broadcasting.

Rafael Pi Roman – Host
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A native of Cuba, Rafael Pi Roman has anchored, hosted and produced public affairs and political news programs at Thirteen and WNET since 1992. Pi Roman served as executive producer, writer and host of the three-part special, “The City,” which covered the 1997 New York City mayoral race and won an Emmy in 1999. In 2001 Pi Roman became the host and senior editor of Thirteen’s primetime Emmy award-winning program, “New York Voices.” Pi Roman has been a contributing producer/correspondent for NYC-ARTS since 2009 and in 2010 he became co-host and co-executive producer of Thirteen’s weekly current affairs program, “New Jersey Capitol Report.” His television work has been honored by the Hispanic Academy of Media Arts and Sciences as well as by the Latino Coalition for a Fair Media. In 2005 Mr. Pi Roman was named one of the 25 most distinguished Hispanic men in New York City by the city’s premier Hispanic newspaper El Diario/La Prensa. In 2014, Pi Roman won a New York Emmy Award for On Camera Talent for his work as the Program Host of MetroFocus. 

Jack Ford – Host
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Jack Ford has been everything from a successful broadcast journalist, to an author, and even a prominent trial attorney in the Northeast. His broadcasting career began in 1984 when he became an anchor at WCBS-TV in New York. From there, he’s worked at news outlets such as NBC News, NBC’s morning show “Today,” “Dateline,” and ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Most viewers recognize him as the primary legal correspondent for “NBC News” during the mid-90’s O.J. Simpson trial. Jack has worked as a CBS News legal analyst and is currently a correspondent for 60 Minutes Sports, along with hosting on MetroFocus.

Jenna Flanagan – Host
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Jenna first knew she was destined for a career in journalism after following the weekly reports of the Muppet News Flash as a child. She went on to study communications and journalism at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts. In 1999, Jenna took her first job in the business as a Production Assistant for 1010WINS eventually working her way up to assistant editor. Working in a busy New York newsroom, she quickly learned what it takes to churn out a factual, engaging and newsworthy story on deadline. From there she took her first on-air position at WBGO, Newark Public Radio and began a lifelong love of public broadcasting. After WBGO, Jenna spent 6 ½ years writing, reporting and producing All Things Considered for WNYC in New York City. Her work has also aired nationally on NPR. Her television reports can be seen on WMHT’s award-winning public affairs show, New York NOW, which airs on PBS stations statewide.

Andrea Vasquez – Contributing Host
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Andrea Vasquez is a reporter and producer for WLIW local programs including MetroFocus and SciTech Now. During her time at WNET, Andrea also worked on NJTV News and live specials including coverage of Hurricane Sandy, Superstorm Sandy: A Live Town Hall, What Next After Newtown, NJ Decides 2013 and 2014 Election Nights and NJ Decides 2013: U.S. Senate Democratic Primary Debate. Andrea is also a contributing host on the nationally syndicated program Hiring America. She graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Matthew Chao – Associate Producer

Matthew Chao’s experience in broadcast television can be easily traced through numerous shows and productions for WNET and its affiliates including “NJ Today,” Teaching Channel and the nationally-distributed documentary program “American Masters.”   Prior to his work at WNET, Matthew attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, achieving his B.F.A in film and television production in 2009.  Since then he has produced and edited a variety of short films and news segments.  Currently he resides in Essex County, New Jersey.


 

For the WNET Interactive Engagement Group:

Chief Digital Officer
Daniel B. Greenberg

Senior Director, Digital Strategy
Joe Harrell

Head of Production
Chris Mather

Creative Director
Karen Brazell

Director of Technology
Brian Patrick Lee

Associate Web Developer
Alexandra White

Designer
Victoria Malabrigo

Web Operations Manager
Benny Wong

 

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Funders

MetroFocus is made possible by James and Merryl Tisch, the Anderson Family Fund, Judy and Josh Weston, Bernard and Irene Schwartz, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, Rosalind P. Walter, The Dorothy Schiff Endowment for News and Public Affairs Programming, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Jody and John Arnhold, the Tiger Baron Foundation, the Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation, the Metropolitan Media Fund, Laura and Jim Ross, the Dorothy Pacella Fund, in memory of Vincent Pacella and Shailaja and Umesh Nagarkatte.

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