Pictured from left to right, Bill Stephens, Dustin Alexander-Pérez & Debi Haskell (MNN-Chicago photo)
MNN CEO Haskell transfers network controls to Alexander-Pérez & Stephens
by Kale Locke, Correspondent
Metro News Wire Service - Milwaukee
Wednesday, 1 February 2017 @ 7:20 AM PT
LOS ANGELES – Debra Haskell will be stepping down as Chair-lady and Chief Operating Officer of Metro News Network & Affiliates, N.A. effective 1 February 2017. Dustin Alexander-Pérez will resume his former role as CEO which he left to seek other opportunities in July 2016.
“It has been an honor to work with all the wonderful people that comprise the various aspects of Metro. But, it's time I focus on my family and other career opportunities,” said Mrs. Haskell in a press conference early Wednesday morning.
“I think Debi did a wonderful job managing things while I was off seeing the world,” said Alexander-Pérez at the closed door media briefing. “I took great comfort knowing that things would be okay and the business would still be in harmony when I returned.”
Alexander-Pérez wasn't originally planning a return to the head spot at the network a position which he held since 2014 due to the untimely death MNN CEO Stephanie Nicole Chambers.
Another big announcement is that Bill Stephens, current MNN Chicago Bureau Chief will take over the office of Vice President of News Operations thus replacing current VP James Hoff who is being reassigned to Director of Media Affairs. Those changes are effective as of 1 February also.
Hoff, who is now married and raising a family will have more time to carry out those responsibilities and commitments.
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Alexander-Pérez has been with the news network in various roles since April 2010. Stephens signed on with MNN just three weeks after and both have been active with both MNN and as stringers for other outlets throughout the years.
Alexander-Pérez worked a four year gig with Examiner.com as well as FOX6 Milwaukee and CBS Local.
Stephens continues to work as a photo-journal stringer for ABC 7 Chicago and as an incident photographer for various fire departments throughout Northern Illinois and Southeastern Wisconsin.
Alexander-Pérez out, Haskell named CEO of news network
Story updated Thursday, June 16, 2016 @ 9:45 A.M. C.T.
Debra Haskell will take over the position for the time being. Haskell, married mother of three was not available for comment, but indicated through her spokesperson that she was stunned. Alexander-Pérez has gone off the grid and is keeping himself out of the public eye. He took the post in 2014 after his sister, the late Stephanie Nicole Chambers vacated the position citing poor health. Chambers passed away later that year.
The future of MNN is uncertain at the moment, but media veterans are whispering that, "Bigger and better things are to come for the network." Only time will tell and we'll bring you the latest developments as they happen.
by C.J. Coty, Staff Writer, MNN
Hoff is VP after Nicole resigns
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 10:12 p.m. ET
"I'm saddened to see Stephanie leave the company. She was a great asset to our operation. We will miss her dearly," said Alexander-Pérez who assumes his role after being sworn into office at 12 midnight eastern time, Friday, March 22, 2014.
The transition was to take place over the fall and winter of this year and become official at midnight on December 31, 2014. None of our calls or e-mails were returned from Nicole's office at the time of this publication. Nicole who is 67 has been in failing health for some time.
Alexander-Pérez who is also in poor health, but recovering slowly is 44-years-old. His son, James Hoff, 20, has taken over Dusty's job as Vice President of News Operations from Illinois. We will keep you updated as this story continues to develop.
Monday, January 13, 2013 - 5:15 p.m. PT
"I'm optimistic about my prognosis and appreciate everything my doctors and my colleagues are doing to encourage me during this," said Alexander-Pérez. Sporting a shaved head, the 44-year-old was in good spirits, but was visibly tired and remained seated throughout the 20-minute conference.
Stephanie Nicole, CEO and President of Metro News released the following statement: "Dusty is a strong individual. We have every bit of confidence he will weather this storm with dignity and grace. Our thoughts and prayers are with him, his family and friends at this time. We are here to support them in any way possible."
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