Monica Dean is committed to making a difference in the community both on and off the air. Monica joined the NBC 7/39 news team in June 2004. rnrnMonica comes to San Diego from Bakersfield, Calif., where she anchored the weeknight 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts for the CBS affiliate KBAK and the news at 10 p.m. for the Fox affiliate KBFX. rnrnThe Associated Press Television-Radio Association named Monica \”The Best Television Spot News Reporter\” in 2004. Monica received three Awards of Excellence from the Kern Press Club in 2003 and 2004 for best reporting series, best light feature and best serious feature. rnrnMonica Dean has lived and worked all over America, but California has always been her home. Raised in San Diego, she was actively involved in San Diego Junior Theatre and graduated from the University of San Diego High School. Monica earned her bachelor\’s degree in English from the University of California at Los Angeles. She went on to earn her master\’s degree in journalism from the prestigious Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Chicago where she was awarded that school\’s highest honor, \”The Harrington Award,\” for excellence in achievement and for highest promise in broadcast journalism. rnrnMonica got her first on-air reporting job as the Washington D.C. political correspondent for WCAX, the CBS affiliate in Burlington, Vt. While in the nation\’s capital, Monica was also the television health reporter for an eight-station news group stretching across the United States. rnrnMonica began her news career in Los Angeles as a news desk assistant and production assistant at KTTV Fox 11 News, where she also assisted in the production of several Emmy-nominated half-hour special reports. Her career has included radio reporting for WKVT-AM in Brattleboro, Vt.; newspaper reporting for the daily newspaper of Hilton Head, S.C.; writing and producing for the online broadcast news Web site 1KTV.com. rnrnIn her free time, Monica loves singing, sewing, exercising, biking and world traveling — activities she shares with her husband and family members. rnrnDrop Monica a line: Monica.Dean@nbc.com.