Michael Perchick - Reporter at ABC11 WTVD
Michael Perchick joined ABC11 in March of 2018, and is excited to cover the area during a time of immense growth and innovation.

Prior to moving to North Carolina, Michael spent more than two years at KVUE, the ABC affiliate in Austin, Texas. While there, he covered a wide variety of stories, ranging from the state Legislature to South by Southwest. He reported remotely on several major events - including deadly bus crashes in Mississippi and Uvalde County, severe weather throughout central Texas, and Super Bowl LI. His work covering education was recognized by the Texas Association of School Boards.

Before KVUE, Michael spent two years as a news/sports reporter and news producer at WAPT, the ABC affiliate in Jackson, Mississippi. In his split role, Michael extensively covered the highly-contested U.S. Senate race between incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran and state Sen. Chris McDaniel, and provided reports from SEC Media Days and the Senior Bowl. Michael was a part of the Associated Press Award-winning "Blitz 16," which was named Best Sportscast in Mississippi.

Michael graduated from the University of Miami, where he double-majored in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science, and minored in Sports Administration.

The grandson of a Tar Heel, Michael grew up with a wardrobe full of Carolina blue (he even has the 5th grade class picture to prove it!), and is excited to take in the spirited rivalries between all the local schools.

Outside of the newsroom, Michael lives in Raleigh, and enjoys playing and watching sports, checking out some of the area's cuisines, and refreshing his Twitter account (which you can follow along @MichaelPerchick).

Feel free to send all story ideas and restaurant suggestions (not necessarily in that order) to Michael.Perchick@abc11.com.

Michael's Stories
The COVID-19 vaccine will require multiple doses. How officials plan to ensure compliance.
Doctors say some people often don't complete both administrations for other multi-dose vaccines, like MMR and chicken pox.
Triangle childhood cancer survivors make donation to children with cancer
"It's the act to show all these people out there and all the kids that there is hope, and that there are people out there willing to take their time to help you out, and cheer you up, and get you on your way to recovery. "
More COVID-19 vaccine options could aid distribution timeline, especially in rural areas
News of Oxford University and AstraZeneca's successful vaccine trial is inspiring increased optimism within the medical community.
Task force recommends marijuana decriminalization in North Carolina, but how likely is it?
This week, the North Carolina Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice recommended decriminalizing certain amounts of marijuana possession.
Freezing temperatures, COVID-19 concerns present challenges for shelters
The Durham Rescue mission is handling a COVID-19 outbreak even as temperatures drop and the need to shelter the homeless increases.
Durham fine expunction program assists more than 11,000 people take steps to regain driving privileges
A collaborative effort between the city of Durham, Durham County District Attorney's Office, local law schools and social justice organizations has helped extend court debt relief to 11,000 residents with suspended licenses.
UNC doctor working on Moderna trial explains how it differs from Pfizer vaccine, next steps in process
UNC was a host site for one of the studies, and 175 participants took part in the trial there.
Food banks and pantries continue to see increased need due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Food bank representatives said they've seen about a 40% increase in food insecurity across North Carolina.
NC Sheriffs' Association suggests further training, mental health screenings for officers in 31-page report
In the 31-page report, the North Carolina Sheriffs' Association recommended banning the use of chokeholds and encouraging additional mental health screenings for officers. However, local advocates are underwhelmed with the suggestions and believe the report lacks accountability.
Kids not letting genetic disorders hold them back from thriving in new esports league
A new esports league, founded in the Triangle, is helping children develop teamwork skills.