Dominic Dezzutti

2022 Honoree

Dominic Dezzutti began his television career at Colorado Public Television PBS 12 in 1996 as a production intern, and was quickly hired as the production assistant for their public affairs show, “Colorado Inside Out.” In his 26-year career, he advanced to Director of Production and finally to Station Manager, living by the motto that to truly lead, one must serve others.

He initiated multiple Colorado content partnerships with AARP, Colorado OEDIT and JVA, as well as negotiating exclusive international broadcast partnerships with NHK World Japan and Deutsche Welle.

Key programs developed under his leadership include “Colorado Inside Out” as both host and executive producer, an election debate series partnership with CBS4 – “Colorado Decides” – as both host and executive producer, and “High School Debate Series,” building debate skills in community youth, especially underserved communities. His work has garnered six regional Emmy Awards, eight Colorado Broadcasters Association Awards of Excellence and was the recipient of the Board of Governors Award from the Heartland Emmy Chapter.

His work extends to supporting the Colorado community.  He is on the Executive Committee and is the External Committee Chair for Brent’s Place, sustaining families in long term medical crises as well as supporting the Metro Caring Food Bank and the Anti-Hunger Center.  Past service includes serving as President and National Trustee of the Heartland Emmy Chapter from 1998-2015.

Editor of Westword and frequent “Colorado Inside Out” panelist Patricia Calhoun believes Dominic plays “a key role in this state, expanding community involvement by keeping important discussions entertaining, intelligent and, above all, civil.”