Tricia Perry has come full circle. Just out of college, in 1988, she began her professional broadcasting career at WHOT. After many years as a radio and TV reporter, she is now well into a new career as a fundraiser and back in radio at WYSU.
Tricia is a native of the Mahoning Valley, graduating from Poland Seminary High School in 1984. She attended Bowling Green State University to earn a BA in Communications. She returned to the area to be near family and got her first job reporting for WHOT. "They had a pretty big news staff back then, and that’s where I learned how to how to report. Youngstown is a great town for news," Tricia says.
From WHOT, she moved on to WKBN in 1991, reporting for radio and television. She stayed for 17 years, earning 10 Associated Press awards for broadcast reporting and writing, as well as a Woman of the Year award from the YWCA. During her WKBN years, she developed a love of history, which lead her to enroll at Youngstown State University. Ten years later, in 2008, she completed her Master's degree.
At that time, Tricia decided to change careers and found that her knowledge of the Mahoning Valley community translated well to fundraising. For nearly five years she served as the Events Coordinator at the Rich Center for Autism at YSU, moving to WYSU in 2013.
In her spare time, Tricia likes to have fun with her daughter, read, cook for family and friends, and travel when she can. When asked what her favorite WYSU programs are, she says the Jazz Sofa when it comes to music, but otherwise, she is an NPR news junkie, with a daily dose of Fresh Air to go.
Tricia finds working at the station to be a good fit for her. "I am so happy to be here!" she says.