Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, Letitia Perry is a product of the public school system. After graduating from Meadowdale High School in Dayton, she went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast/Cinematic Arts at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant. Michigan.
During her final year of study there, she joined the staff of the CMU Public Broadcasting Center; with stations serving central and northern parts of the state, as well as parts of the northern-lower peninsula.
While there, Letitia was a radio host for NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered, as well as various programs on the television site of the operation.
In 1992, Letitia moved to Columbus, Ohio, accepting a news producer position at WCBE-FM; licensed to the Columbus Board of Education. She continued in that capacity until her hometown return in 1996; accepting the position of News Director at WROU-FM and WRNB-FM. She was appointed Director of Community and Public Affairs four years later.
Letitia made the move to WHIO-TV in Spring 2001; as a general assignment reporter. In 2006, she was named co-anchor of the 11 p.m. newscast with long-time anchor Jim Baldridge, and later with James Brown. She currently co-anchors News Center 7 ‘s Daybreak Edition from 5-7 a.m. weekdays and the Noon News on weekdays.
Letitia is a member of St. Luke Missionary Baptist church in Dayton, and serves the community in many capacities. She enjoys traveling, shopping and reading.
Letitia is also the proud mother of twins; Jade and Jewel.
Where were you born? Dayton
Where did you grow up? Dayton and Springfield
What was your favorite TV show then? The Brady Bunch
What was the first thing you ever wanted to be? News Anchor
How might someone have described you in high school? Social Organizer
What was your first job? Waitress at Four's Company, a locally owned sub shop
What was your first job in television? Reporter - WHIO-TV
What do you like about your job? The variety of news covered, and the ability to meet people from all walks of life.
What do you not like about your job? Talking to people who have been struck by tragedy.
What might people be surprised to know about you? I have twins
What is the hardest thing you ever did? Held my mom as she went to heaven.
What would be a perfect day for you? Quiet day at the beach with a good book.
What advice would you have for someone wanting to go into the business? Learn the art of persuasion and conversation. Perfect the ability to creatively write in a clear and concise manner, and articulate, enunciate, and appreciate the opportunity.
If you could only keep one 5-minute tape from your career what would be on it?
A mix of reports on breaking news like shootings and fires, weather coverage during a winter storm, one-on-one interview with a political figure, a montage of anchoring, and several public service announcements for community groups.
Favorite book: Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy
Favorite CBS show: Two And A Half Men
Favorite dream car: Lexus Luxury Utility LX edition
Favorite food: Seafood, pasta
Favorite hobby: Reading
Favorite Miami Valley place: RiverScape
Favorite movie: The Wiz
Favorite music: R & B, Gospel
Favorite travel destination: Jamaica