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Malik Perkins

As a recent graduate from Central State University I am thrilled to begin my career in my hometown with Newscenter 7! I am an All Media Journalist and I provide content for television, radio, and print. I was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. I attended Dayton Christian Schools from Kindergarten all the way through High School at their various campuses.  I ran track and played football as a student at Dayton Christian. I also played trumpet in the band for seven years. In May of 2014, I graduated from Central State University with a bachelor’s degree in Communication with a focus in Broadcast Media. During my college years I was a member of the Invincible Marching Marauders, served as president of the National Association of Black Journalists, and hosted the radio program “Jazz at Sundown” on Jazzy 88.9 WCSU. I also worked in WHIO radio as a board operator and helped produce "Flyer Feedback." I was granted the opportunity to become an All Media Journalist during my last semester of college. I am looking forward to telling the stories of our community. I couldn't be more excited about covering Dayton, Ohio!   Q & A Where were you born?Dayton, OH Where did you grow up?Dayton, OH What was your favorite TV show then?Nickleodeon's All That What was the first thing you ever wanted to be?Video Game Designer How might someone have described you in high school?Well rounded. I juggled fine arts and sports at Dayton Christian high school. What was your first job?Working as an office assistant at Central State University. My Alma Mater! What was your first job in television?All Media Journalist for News Center 7 WHIO What do you like about your job?It's unpredictable. You never know what you'll experience each day. What do you not like about your job?Speaking with people immediately after they've lost a family member. There is no easy way to do that. You just have to be as sensitive and understanding as possible. What might people be surprised to know about you?I played trumpet for 9 years. I was a member of the Central State University Invincible Marching Marauders! What is the hardest thing you ever did?My senior year of college. I had three jobs, two on campus, and the other in WHIO radio. I also had a full load of classes. I'm happy I was able to make it through. What would be a perfect day for you? A quiet day relaxing with friends and family. What advice would you have for someone wanting to go into the business?Pay attention to current events, and practicing writing and speaking. Also, utilize social media to produce your own independent news stories. You don't have to wait to gain experience if you choose to be proactive. Favorites Favorite book: The Sport of the Gods by Paul Laurence Dunbar Favorite CBS show:  NCIS Favorite food: Pancakes Favorite hobby: Playing sports Favorite Miami Valley Place: The Greene Favorite movie: The Fast & the Furious Series Favorite music: Hip-Hop, R&B, and Rock Favorite travel destination: Chicago

Latest from Malik Perkins

Antani, anti-abortion group urge court to act against Kettering clinic
 A local state representative and a group of anti-abortion activists are urging a local judge to swiftly move to close an abortion clinic in Kettering after the state supreme court’s decision to uphold restrictions on the facilities. State Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, and Dayton Right to Life directors Paul Coudron and Margie Christie...

Posted: 14 days ago

A local state representative and a group of anti-abortion activists are urging a local judge to swiftly move to close an abortion clinic in Kettering after the state supreme court’s decision to uphold restrictions on the facilities. State Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, and Dayton Right to Life directors Paul Coudron and Margie Christie...
Trotwood Shooting
One person was shot Jan. 27, 2018, in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 600 block of Autumn Woods Drive in Trotwood.

Posted: 27 days ago

One person was shot Jan. 27, 2018, in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 600 block of Autumn Woods Drive in Trotwood.
Teen killed in Dayton shooting
 An 18-year-old woman died after being shot in the neck early Saturday in a Dayton apartment and police continued a manhunt throughout the day for a suspect they first thought was cornered by a SWAT team in a house five miles from the crime scene. Police and medics called to the 5000 block of Caliph Court at about 1:25 a.m. found Dontiaunna...

8:20 PM Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017

An 18-year-old woman died after being shot in the neck early Saturday in a Dayton apartment and police continued a manhunt throughout the day for a suspect they first thought was cornered by a SWAT team in a house five miles from the crime scene. Police and medics called to the 5000 block of Caliph Court at about 1:25 a.m. found Dontiaunna...
Art project aims to restore pride in Dayton neighborhood
 An organization is teaming up with local artists to give an East Dayton neighborhood a make over. The East End Community Center wants to paint more artwork on neighborhood buildings to help enhance the area. “This would dress it up. It would make the neighborhood look brand new,” said resident Claire Aiello. Aiello said she has...

8:52 PM Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017

An organization is teaming up with local artists to give an East Dayton neighborhood a make over. The East End Community Center wants to paint more artwork on neighborhood buildings to help enhance the area. “This would dress it up. It would make the neighborhood look brand new,” said resident Claire Aiello. Aiello said she has...
MOVE IN DAY: UD students take over campus
 University of Dayton freshman Ann Meadowcroft was up before 2 a.m. Friday in expectation of her first move in to college. Meadowcroft is part of the largest and most diverse incoming freshman class in University of Dayton’s history that move in on Friday. The historic class of more than 2,2000 new students represents 41 states and 16...

7:35 PM Friday, Aug. 18, 2017

University of Dayton freshman Ann Meadowcroft was up before 2 a.m. Friday in expectation of her first move in to college. Meadowcroft is part of the largest and most diverse incoming freshman class in University of Dayton’s history that move in on Friday. The historic class of more than 2,2000 new students represents 41 states and 16...
‘Operation G.R.A.P.E.’ targets graffiti in Dayton
 Dayton police officers, city of Dayton employees and community volunteers painted over graffiti in several locations on Saturday. Operation G.R.A.P.E. (Graffiti Removal and Property Enhancement) worked to paint over or clean up graffiti in at least six locations around downtown Dayton. RELATED: Dayton Main Street overhaul takes cue from Chicago&rsquo...

4:48 PM Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017

Dayton police officers, city of Dayton employees and community volunteers painted over graffiti in several locations on Saturday. Operation G.R.A.P.E. (Graffiti Removal and Property Enhancement) worked to paint over or clean up graffiti in at least six locations around downtown Dayton. RELATED: Dayton Main Street overhaul takes cue from Chicago&rsquo...
Charging Way Youth Football Camp
Wayne High School grad, former Ohio State Buckeye and current Houston Texans wide receiver Braxton Miller returned to his Huber Heights hometown Saturday, July 8, 2017, to host the first Charging Way Youth Football Camp.

9:52 PM Saturday, Jul. 08, 2017

Wayne High School grad, former Ohio State Buckeye and current Houston Texans wide receiver Braxton Miller returned to his Huber Heights hometown Saturday, July 8, 2017, to host the first Charging Way Youth Football Camp.
Items seized by TSA
TSA agents each year seize thousands of pounds of prohibited items, which also includes household chemicals, stun guns and martial arts tools.

5:24 PM Friday, Apr. 28, 2017

TSA agents each year seize thousands of pounds of prohibited items, which also includes household chemicals, stun guns and martial arts tools.