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.


Black woman-owned business that has given to community for years seeks help in surviving pandemic

UW-Madison international student describes challenges of leaving US due to online only classes

ICE announced that international students enrolled in online only courses cannot stay in the country

Public Health Madison & Dane County explains why there's no mandatory mask policy

In a memo, the department explains that race, socioeconomic status, health conditions, past experience and enforcement are among the reasons

'No one wins right now': Restaurants, bars concerned about surviving another round of restrictions

Some restaurants never reopened and are trying to figure out how long they can continue to operate

Michelangelo's Coffee House responds to claims from employees who say they were fired for trying to implement mask policy

A woman who said she was a former employee told News 3 Now that she and a coworker were fired for trying to require masks be worn inside

'Just one thing after another': Sun Prairie business owner describes surviving 2018 explosion, now dealing with pandemic

Businesses that are still financially recovering from the explosion are now dealing with more financial hardships from the pandemic

Realtor discusses lack of minority home ownership in Madison

Generational wealth has played a huge role throughout the past several decades

Business owners describe what happened prior to man's arrest outside Cooper's Tavern

Businesses say the man had been harassing them for several days

UW grad students ask political science department to hire more Black faculty members

A report released on Twitter found the department has only had one Black staff member at any given time since 1970

Madison housing prices increase for 7th year in a row

City says housing supply isn't meeting demand, which is driving up prices each year

'It's happening right before our eyes': The impact of Juneteenth, formation of modern-day slavery

Slavery legally ended 155 years ago, but was never truly abolished

Wisconsin expert predicts there will be a shortage of eventual COVID-19 vaccine

Even when the vaccine becomes available, it might not be safe for everyone to get vaccinated

Waunakee woman offers 'porch talks' to help others understand racism, find common ground on world views

What started out as an offer to talk on a Facebook post turned into something very powerful

Redlining Madison: Expert describes how cities were designed to put people of color at disadvantage

Systemic racism has deep roots and Madison fits the trend for discriminatory zoning and housing

Student asks Baraboo school district to ban Confederate flag, adjust black history lessons in school

The student said she dealt with a history of racist experiences during her time with the district and is calling on them to make a change

Oregon Police Department to undergo bias training, yearly mental health checks

Oregon's police chief said this is a work in progress that will be part of a continual training process going forward

Madison city council agenda item allocates $50,000 to projectile launchers for police

Chief Vic Wahl said MPD's 2020 and 2021 capital budget includes money to expand less lethal capacity

Madison city council members divided on defunding police

Issue will be brought up at council meetings over the next several months

Anonymous letter to Monona business asks owner to get rid of homeless person behind building

The people behind the letter say they will not support the business until the homeless man is gone

'Tomorrow is too late': Board of Supervisors, Madison council members call for immediate jail reform

Many elected officials are demanding immediate change to the disproportionate amount of incarcerated black people in the Dane County Jail

Waunakee kids holding up Black Lives Matter signs 'til it starts getting nicer'

Kids are showing their solidarity and support for those who are also fighting for justice

Monona to host ongoing racial bias conversations for 'self-examination' and 'self-reflection'

Details will be posted later on the City of Monona website

'The time is now': Madison alders, police receive dozens of emails from community demanding body cameras

Council has been torn on the issue for years

'It's about survival': Panel describes what it feels like to be black in America today, how to move forward

Three local black figures are hoping that this conversation continues to happen and serious action comes out of it

Local police chiefs face the public in virtual town hall following George Floyd's death

Madison365 hosted an hour and a half long virtual town hall to address what happened in the viral video

'Reprehensible and inexcusable': Dane County Chiefs of Police release statement condemning Minneapolis officers involved in George Floyd incident

Dane County police agencies are unified in their response to the video showing the arrest and death of George Floyd

'It was a modern-day lynching': Dane County law enforcement agencies to respond to arrest, death of George Floyd

Dane County law enforcement agencies to respond through virtual public town hall meeting Thursday

What to expect at your next hair appointment

Temperature checks, masks and social distancing are mandatory

Strawberry farm implements new social distancing measures as it prepares for busy picking season

Furger Family Farms anticipates busy picking season as people anxious to get out of their homes

Parents struggle with child care options as they head back to work

Some people are anxious to get back to work again when restrictions start to loosen next week. But for others, it could be a nightmare.

Wisconsin increases contact tracing efforts, state looking to hire

The state will soon post job announcements for limited-term contact tracing employees

A walk down State Street: Reopening procedures look different at every business

This downtown shopping area gives us good idea of what to expect at other restaurants and retailers

Food banks, pantries in need of volunteers, food & funding to keep up with growing demand

The Department of Health Services reports a 129% increase in people applying for food share benefits

UW system planning COVID tests for all students, faculty and staff to return to in-person classes this fall

The biggest obstacle in the way is money

List of counties that have adopted a local stay-at-home order

This list will be updated as more counties announce plans

Welcome back to work: The new normal of plexi glass, thermal cameras and one-way hallways

The office you left may not be the office you come back to

Village jumping through legal hoops to honor graduating seniors

Waunakee community members are trying to honor every single senior that won't get a chance to walk across the stage

How some third-party delivery services are hindering the restaurant business

Delivery isn't a bad thing to offer, but for restaurants, some delivery services can mean bad business for them

Wisconsin Restaurant Association says we could lose 50% of our restaurants if restrictions continue past May

The future of restaurants will look very different for the foreseeable future

Tampon Task Force raising money to distribute free period products to shelters, community members

So far they've delivered more than 1,100 period kits