The MetroFocus Team

David Brown – Executive Producer

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.


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.


Rafael Pi Roman – Producer and Host

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.


Andrea Vasquez – Producer

Andrea Vasquez reports and produces for the MetroFocus broadcast, in addition to reporting for SciTech Now. Prior to joining the MetroFocus team, Vasquez worked as an associate producer for WLIW local programming and as editorial producer for NJTV News, where she booked daily studio interviews and produced stories for the live nightly broadcast. During her time at WNET she also worked on 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. Vasquez graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2011.


Marisa Wong – Producer

Marisa Wong produces, curates and edits multimedia content for the MetroFocus broadcast and website. Prior to working with MetroFocus, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, West Africa, and worked as a freelance multimedia storyteller. Marisa graduated from New York’s New School for Public Engagement with an M.A. in International Affairs and a concentration in Media and Culture, and received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.



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