Tricia Perry to share local TV story

Staff report


Tricia Perry will trace her news broadcasting career and the history of television and radio in the Mahoning Valley, in a presentation at 10 a.m. Saturday in the meeting room of Kravitz Deli, 3135 Belmont Ave.

Her lecture is part of the Memories of a Lifetime series, sponsored by the William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society. Admission is $5.

The event will include refreshments and a 50/50 raffle to benefit the society’s education mission.

Reservations are suggested; call Richard S. Scarsella, society chairman, at 330-726-8277.

Perry began her professional broadcasting career at WHOT radio in 1988 and worked many years as a radio and TV reporter. She is in charge of raising funds for WYSU-FM.

A 1984 graduate of Poland Seminary High School, she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Bowling Green State University.

She began working at WKBN in 1991, reporting for radio and television, and stayed for 17 years, earning 10 Associated Press awards for broadcast reporting and writing. She also received a Woman of the Year award from the YWCA.

Perry developed a love of history during her WKBN years, which led her to enroll at Youngstown State University, where she earned a master’s degree in history and historic preservation. She has conducted research on the Williamson family, founders of WKBN, and its influence on Valley broadcasting.

In 2007, her knowledge of the Mahoning Valley community led to a career change. She left television, and for nearly five years served as the events coordinator at the Rich Center for Autism at YSU. She moved to WYSU-88.5 FM in 2013 to fill the position of development officer.

Perry also serves as adjunct faculty at YSU, teaching the basic speech course and is the host of “Vision of the Valley,” a half-hour segment on local attractions and places of interest produced by Armstrong Cable. Two of her Armstrong segments have won honors.

She recently produced a DVD on the McGuffey Wildlife Preserve for Armstrong Cable, in collaboration with the WHMHS.

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