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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Urban League of Greater Madison allocates $5,000,000 to increase black homeownership

Organizers say they hope this will be a small step forward toward achieving racial equality in homeownership

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Sun Prairie girl exceeds birthday goal of making back-to-school packages for low-income families

Goodman's Jewelers reopens for the first time in months

Madison Mayor addresses restrictions on businesses, eviction prevention, immigrant family funding efforts

City of Madison commits to $100,000 small business loan match

MPD: New record number of shots fired incidents in one month

Rape Crisis Center explains why masks can be triggering for survivors of sexual assault

Woman making 'smile mask' to help kids with special needs, people who are hard of hearing

UW Health doctor answers man-on-the-street questions about COVID-19

Dr. Jeff Pothof stood on State Street to answer people's questions about the virus

'No one should be without a house': Dozens gather outside Capitol protesting rent, evictions

A federal eviction moratorium ended Friday, putting millions at risk of losing their homes in the coming months

'They work for us. They need to answer to us': Letter demands certain qualities be met in hiring new Madison police chief

Within 48 hours of publication, the letter has around 500 signatures and counting

Parents considering pods, micro schools to support virtual learning this year

'It's literally my biggest fear since all of this started': Lancaster nurse fights COVID-19 while trying to keep her son with cancer healthy

Private schools planning in-person school year; many seeing uptick in enrollment inquiries

Private schools say they've received a number of calls from public school parents who want to have an in-person school year option for their kids

Forward Madison reveals 16-game regular season schedule

MMSD announces plans for an all-virtual start to the school year

UW-Madison to offer free, campus-wide testing to support campus reopening

Dane County leaders address recent uptick in gun violence, difficulties in contact tracing efforts

Woman who survived pancreatic cancer hoping people will participate in virtual walk to raise funds for cancer research

The goal this year is to raise $30,000

Madison alders to introduce proposals banning tear gas, projectile crowd-control weapons for MPD

Madison interim chief shared blog post giving his reasons why nonlethal weapons should be put in city's budget

Picture circulating social media suggests Helbach's Coffee in Middleton is a "Mask Free Zone", sign is not currently posted

New Vision Theaters Fitchburg IMAX to close

Kodie Dutcher's mom shares emotional Facebook post thanking community, addressing suicide

Petition calls for hate crime charges against man who attacked Black family at Woodman's

Do multiple strains of COVID impact the ability to make an effective vaccine?

Here are some of the most common reasons your unemployment claim will be denied or suspended

UW-Madison students start petition asking for one-credit in-person course to protect international students

This comes as dozens of universities across the country are trying to find ways to protect international students this upcoming semester

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