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A veteran journalist with over 20 years experience, Dusty started his writing career with a brief tenure at The Southtown Star (then owned by Chicago Sun-Times) in Tinley Park, IL. But, prior to that, he launched a career as a professional recording artist in 1986 which he still does to this day. While still in his teens, Dusty worked as a talk-show how for WYCA-92.3 FM (Hammond, IN), then moved on to be a weekend disc-jockey at Universal Broadcasting's WNDZ-AM 750 (Portage, IN).
Throughout the years, he has voiced many commercials and narrated several projects. Born in Chicago, he was reared in the West Midlands before returning to America where he was adopted at age five. Dusty has reared his own family and continues doing what he loves best - voice overs and news anchoring. Dusty's family started Metro News in 1950 as a newspaper delivery service. It wasn't until 2010 his late sister and then Metro News Chairperson, Stephanie Nicole, transitioned the company into the news wire service it is today. Dusty holds the following certificates and licenses:
• FCC Restricted Radiotelephone Operators License
• Member, National Association of Digital Broadcasters (KWWX-DB)
Vice-President, News Operations
& Chief Photgrapher
A native of the Chicago area with many years of experience in a number of fields, Bill picked up his first camera at age eight and was already published by age eight. He spent 26 years working and volunteering in various aspects of the Fire Service. Retiring in 2000 as Deputy Director of McHenry County Emergency Services, Bill is decorated with certifications in communications, incident operations, hazardous materials, weather operations and disaster planning. Bill has managed and worked numerous disaster scenes including plane crashes, train accidents, tornado events, large structure fires and rescue operations. He still performs communications consulting. Bill worked for the City of McHenry, IL as the Emergency Manager for 5 years. A photographer for the last 52 years using film, digital and video formats,
Bill was initially trained in photo media by the chief photographer of a former major Chicago Newspaper. Bill came to work with Metro News Network as Chief Photojournalist in March 2010 and currently serves as Vice President of News Operations. Bill holds the following certifications and licenses:
• Amateur Radio Operator and Holder of a FCC General Radio Telephone License.
• Member International Fire Photographers Association (IFPA).
• Member International Organization of Fire Photographers (IOFP)
• Member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers and worked as a remote production engineer.
• N.A.R.T.E. Certified Engineer 1st class with telecommunications endorsements.
• Member, National Association of Digital Broadcasters (WYTW-DB)
Director, Media Affairs
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