Alex Perez is a correspondent for ABC News based in Chicago. From 2005-2012 he worked as a reporter for the award-winning NBC Chicago news team, covering a range of breaking stories from President Obama’s first campaign for the White House to the trial of former Governor Rod Blagojevich to the historic blizzard of 2011. Perez was part of the team that won a Best Spot News Journalism Excellence Award from the Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Association for coverage of the Blagojevich verdict.
In 2011 Perez won a prestigious Marshall Memorial Fellowship and traveled across Europe, meeting with government leaders, learning more about the political landscape and analyzing the EU’s financial crisis. He also traveled to Cuba, where he retraced his family roots with his mother, who hadn’t been back in 46 years.
Before NBC Chicago, Perez was a reporter at KVIA-TV in El Paso, Texas. He also worked at WBKB-TV in Alpena, Michigan, and WICD-TV and WPGU-FM, both in Champaign, Illinois, covering stories from politics to crime to PTA meetings. While in Michigan, he helped create the area's first Crimestoppers program, and in New Mexico he was one of the first reporters to cover the controversial Minuteman Project along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Perez is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and also volunteers for a number of community-based groups. He is a Chicago native and holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
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