Deborah Sedillo Dugan has spent 35 years as an award-winning television journalist and communications professional in Washington, D.C. and most recently, the Rocky Mountain region.
She has written, produced and reported extensively on hundreds of community issues, such as homelessness, domestic violence, and missing children. She has also reported on major league sporting events including Super Bowl Fan Fest, NCAA College Football Playoffs, and MLB Fan Fest, to name a few. Known for her community activism, Sedillo Dugan was selected out of thousands of nominations as a “community hero” to carry the Olympic Torch in 1996 in Washington, D.C.
For the past 11 years, Sedillo Dugan has worked for the City of Phoenix, the sixth largest city in the U.S., as PHXTV’s Station Manager. PHXTV, formerly Phoenix Channel 11, the city’s cable station, has won numerous industry awards under her leadership. She first began with the City as a PHXTV freelance reporter, working her way up to PHXTV executive producer. After four years, she was promoted to station manager in 2005. Her public relations background includes stints as spokeswoman/public relations manager for Arizona Qwest Communications in Arizona and spokesperson for U S WEST in New Mexico during some of the worst wildfires the state had ever seen. In 1999, The Albuquerque Journal named her the spin goddess of public relations.
Prior to Qwest Communications, Sedillo Dugan was a spokeswoman/reporter for the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) in Washington, D.C. She worked on national issues such as equal pay for women and the working women vote campaign and also marketed labor documentaries for PBS.
Sedillo Dugan earned her Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism and Spanish from The American University in Washington, D.C. She also attended La Javeriana in Bogota Colombia. Her professional career began in our nation’s capital, starting as a news assistant for WRC-TV, the NBC affiliate in D.C. From there, her career took off and she worked as an On-Camera Host for WETA-TV, the PBS station in Washington, D.C. and as Community Affairs Director for WTTG-TV, Fox Television. In addition, Sedillo Dugan hosted a series of television weekly programs for the U.S. Catholic Conference, worked on a presidential campaign as a media coordinator; and reported for a nationally syndicated Hispanic television show.
Her awards include a 2012-13 Rocky Mountain Emmy for “Online with Mayor Greg Stanton” and a 1986 NATAS Washington D.C. Emmy nomination for her work on missing children. For this same topic on missing children, she also received the 1986 Media Award of Excellence. In D.C., she served as a Board of Governor for their NATAS Chapter and chaired a national town hall meeting on media literacy. She has won many Telly Awards for her exceptional writing, reporting and hosting at PHXTV.
Beyond her professional career, Sedillo Dugan has dedicated herself to issues close to home such as lupus: her husband lives with Systematic Lupus Erythematosus and so, she served on the Lupus Foundation of Greater Washington, creating a public awareness campaign about this chronic illness. For numerous years, she committed her time to co-hosting the local PBS KAET Pledge Drive in Phoenix.
She is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and has served for several years on the Hispanic Women’s Conference executive team. Currently she serves as a board member for the Arizona Latino Media Association (ALMA) and has mentored countless college students pursuing journalism careers at nearby ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. She is proud of her two adult daughters, Christina a staff writer/reporter for People Magazine and Lauren, a student in health and wellness. Finally, she has been married for 31 years to her college sweetheart Doug Dugan, a former professional soccer player.