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.
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