Letitia Perry

Letitia Perry

The first sign that I wanted to become a journalist, came in third grade, at Hickorydale Elementary school, in Dayton. I would spend much of my recess time, 'interviewing my classmates,' using a stick as a pretend microphone! I also had a keen interest in creative writing at a young age. Later, I would learn how obvious it was to my teachers and several family members that I would eventually get into journalism, at some point. My first experience with broadcasting came as a student at Meadowdale High school, in Harrison Township; I auditioned and was offered a position at KMHS, our in-house school broadcast system. I went on to earn a degree from Central Michigan University, in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts. Before finishing my degree, I was offered a job at WCMU-FM; a public broadcasting facility that serves the Northern-Lower Peninsula, as well as Central Michigan. For me, one of the benefits of working full-time at CMU, was the University paid for the remainder of my tuition! I had to become a part-time student, so it took me a little longer to finish my coursework to earn my degree. During my tenure, I was a member of the Minority Affairs Faculty Council. I also served as a Staff Advisory to the ‘Youth Ambassadors For Christ,’ student gospel choir, on campus. After several years working at CMU, I accepted a job closer to my Dayton home, in Columbus. I worked at WCBE-FM, a public radio station, licensed to the Columbus Board of Education. I returned home to Dayton in the Fall of 1995, accepting a job at Hawes-Saunders Broadcast Properties, Inc. This marked my first professional job at a ‘commercial’ radio station. Moving home to Dayton allowed me to reconnect with friends and family, serve my community, and work in the profession I was seemingly destined to enter. After a few years delivering news at U-92 FM, I was promoted to News and Community Affairs Director. Then, in 2001, I was invited to apply for a reporter position at WHIO-TV. I started News Center 7 in April of that year. I have worked as a General Assignment Reporter, as well as a News Anchor during in my 20 years here. Some of the most memorable stories I’ve covered have included the September 11-th Terror Attacks, the Oregon District Shootings, the Memorial Day Tornado Outbreak, and the Coronavirus Pandemic. Currently, you can join me anchoring News Center 7 mornings Monday through Friday, 430a-7a, and noon. I am a proud member of the Dayton Area Broadcasters Hall of Fame. I was inducted into the ‘Class of 2019.’ I was raised as a Christian, and grew up in one of the oldest churches in Dayton; Mount Olive Baptist Church. I am currently a member of St. Luke Baptist Church. I have also served on several boards and committees, and have involved myself in many programs around the Miami Valley. I have a heart for events and programs that involve children and senior citizens. I have served as Mistress of Ceremony for hundreds of programs including NAACP Freedom Fund Banquets, The Lou Rawls Parade of Stars- benefitting the United Negro College Fund, and the annual fundraiser for The Mercy Manor Transitional Home for Women. My life’s motto is, “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to an all-knowing God.”

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