Jamie Perez

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Hometown: Sacramento, CA

High School: C.K. McClatchy High School

College: California State University, Northridge

Other Journalism Experience: Reporter/Anchor/Producer at KCAU in Sioux City, Iowa

Started at News 3 Now on: June 11, 2018

What is your favorite part about living in Madison? How much there is to do! I also love that it’s a college town. Oh, and there’s so many good food options!

What is the biggest news story that you’ve covered? The Sun Prairie Explosion as well as the historic flooding here in Madison.

What do you like to do in your spare time? I love eating. When I’m not eating, I like to go hiking, go to craft fairs, explore new shops, write poems, sing and dance!

What is your favorite kind of ice cream? Chocolate Chip and Strawberry!

What is your favorite place to vacation? I’ve only been to Europe once but I want to go back! It was so beautiful!

Who is your hero and why? John Sharify. He’s a special projects reporter at KING 5 in Seattle. I wouldn’t be where I am today in terms of storytelling if it weren’t for him. He is everything I aspire to be in a journalist and human being.

What is your favorite sport to play or watch? Pole dancing!

If you could possess one superhuman power, what would it be? The ability to save dog’s lives so they could live forever.

Who would you most like to interview alive or dead, and why? Oprah Winfrey. I think she has such an awesome history that would make such a compelling interview.

What is your favorite tradition around the holidays? Eating. Period.

What is your favorite song of all time? The Real Slim Shady by Eminem. I can rap every lyric. Not kidding.

What is your favorite book of all time? I love all books by Chuck Palahnuik.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? Everything that happens to you, happens for you.

If you could relive any moment…what would that be? The moment I met John Sharify lol

Where were you when September 11, 2001 occurred? I was so young, I don’t really remember it happening. I think I was at home getting ready for school though.


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Madison couple builds free little pantry outside of home to help during COVID-19 pandemic

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Tellurian treatment center seeking medical supplies, donations to help those in recovery

Right now is an especially challenging time for those using substances or in recovery

Roman Candle Pizzeria delivering free pizza to nominated groups or individuals in need

People can also donate money and the pizzeria will match the donation to help serve more people

Helpline now available for those struggling with substance use during COVID-19 pandemic

Many are stepping in to help the most vulnerable population during this time

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The public health department is now in charge of taking complaints

SSM Health consolidates eye care services to 5 clinic sites amid coronavirus pandemic

This is in response to emergency eye care needs during the COVID-19 pandemic

Student starts petition to get pass/fail grading system added to district for remainder of school year

While everyone has an opinion on which system they feel is best, a student shares what she and her peers believe is best from firsthand experience

SSM Health St. Clare Hospital clinicians create video exercises, nutrition plans for cardiac rehab patients

The videos were created so those at home have a safe option to exercise while staying home

Gun sales spike during COVID-19 pandemic, retailers see ammo shortage

During a time when many businesses are struggling, gun retailers are seeing record sales.

UW professor explains history of discrimination toward Asian Americans during pandemics

Woman finishes 25th radiation treatment, welcomed home to heartwarming message

She said the experience was "priceless"

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Two women repurpose political signs to make signs that say "Honk for Air Hugs!"

Boys sing happy birthday to man celebrating 85th birthday outside his nursing home window

People are finding new ways to be with the people they love while still maintaining social distancing

Price gouging increasing across state, BBB says

Most of the price gouging is happening on items like toilet paper, non-perishables and disinfectants

200 Milio's Sandwiches employees say they won't receive pay for the last two weeks worked

The owner said he is working to get federal grants to pay them when he can.

Couple said postponing their wedding wasn't an option, so they had their dream wedding in their front yard

Even though the wedding they ended up having looking nothing like the wedding they envisioned in August, their love story still ended the same

What do to if you are in need a witness signature on your absentee ballot

Right now, there is no exemption for the requirement, even in the midst of the stay-at-home order and mass shutdowns.

'We wanted others to do it to have fun': Sun Prairie boys offer daily, at-home workout routine to inspire others

Two boys in Sun Prairie sharing at-home workout videos on YouTube

Busch Light offering three-month supply of beer for those who adopt, foster animal

The people behind the adopt a dog get a beer campaign are trying to bring some hope to our furry friends who need us right now. 

Participating Dunkin' Donuts locations offering free coffee to medical professionals until April 30

It's a way to offer thanks to those who are working hard to save lives right now

Here's how healthcare professionals say you can show your appreciation for them right now

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10-year-old boy couldn't celebrate birthday outing, so his community stepped in to make it the most memorable one yet

In a world where everything has been canceled, the Sauk Prairie community proved that kindness is the one thing that hasn't been canceled.

First United Methodist Church launches emergency food pantry delivery service

Deliveries start April 1

Metcalfe's employees go above and beyond in time of need

A customer wrote in an email how several employees stepped up to make sure one family didn't go without groceries

New mom shares what it was like to deliver her first child without her mom by her side

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COVID-19 impacts on women who are pregnant, newborns

There's a lack of sufficient data to draw direct conclusions, but medical professionals are working to get answers for expecting mothers

UW Health, UnityPoint Health visitors to be screened upon entry for COVID-19

Screening includes several questions, temperature reading

Lake Mills photographer documents social distancing, life at home during COVID-19 pandemic

A Lake Mills photographer is doing what he can to spread positivity, connect families, document the world we are living in

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In the midst of stress and upset due to businesses shutting down, these clients know their love and support goes a long way

Childcare industry struggling with COVID-19 impacts

Nannies, childcare centers and parents are are struggling to cope with the shutdowns resulting from COVID-19 concerns

Solidcore lays off 98% employees, offers to pay for staff healthcare through April, additional stipend for support

The owner has also foregone 100% of her own salary

Unemployed during COVID-19 outbreak? We have the most common questions answered

Officials answer the most common questions many people are asking right now.

$35,000 in anonymous donations to River Food Pantry help provide curbside meals to Madison families

Local gym adds live, online workout classes to sustain employees, clients amid closures

UW Health creates COVID-19 screening space for patients, implementing drive-thru screening for employees

Hospital staff are still urging patients to call ahead

Kwik Trip discontinues self-serve food options

The company said options are still available for delivery in select markets

Woman spends social distance time productively by picking up trash off streets

A Madison resident is doing something good for the community, even when she can't go out and socialize with them

'It's not always easy but now is the time to do it': Doctors urge people to practice social distancing

Doctors acknowledge changing our daily behavior is challenging but need to take this more seriously

Child psychiatrist gives advice for parents on how to talk with, plan for kids during COVID-19 outbreak

Child psychologist gives recommendations on how to be part of the solution