Ex-Fox executive named news director at NECN

By Johnny Diaz
June 26, 2010

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NECN has a new news director.

Debra Juarez will begin working at the 24-hour news cable outlet Monday, according to station officials. She replaces Tom Melville, who had overseen the newsroom for more than two years and who resigned last month after working for the cable network for 17 years.

Juarez most recently ran Deca Productions, an Illinois-based production company that creates video, commercials, and documentaries for English and Spanish media and advertisers. Before that Juarez was vice president of news for the Fox affiliate in Chicago, where she helped oversee an expansion of news and sports coverage.

“Debra has more than a decade of broadcast news experience and a track record of expanding and improving news coverage,’’ Bill Bridgen, NECN general manager, said in a statement.