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Eric Perkins joined KARE 11 in November of 1996 as a sports reporter and in 2012 was named weeknight sports anchor and sports director at KARE.

As a sports reporter Perkins gained much attention with "Perk at Play." Created in the winter of 1997, the hands-on segmentgave Perk a chance to try everything from ski-jumping to bullfighting, from driving a car in a demolition derby to playing baseball for the St. Paul Saints, just to name a few. The series won several awards, including an Emmy.

A Los Angeles native, Eric graduated from Pepperdine University, majoring in Broadcasting.

When I was young, I wanted to be: Mr. Rourke on Fantasy Island.

Favorite story you ever worked on: Redwood County Fair demolition derby

Favorite food: Gummi Bears, sushi, Red Bull

Favorite movie: "Star Wars," "Willy Wonka," and "Zoolander"

Favorite CD/Album: Michael Jackson

Favorite subject in school: Espanol. Actually, I just wanted to see if this computer had a 'Tilde' button ~

Favorite book: "Oh the Places You'll Go" by Dr. Suess

Proudest Award or story: Covering two Olympics, and the time I got to interview George Brett

Why do you like your job? Great seats at games. Kidding! Actually, I love the opportunity to entertain and inform. I love meeting new people constantly. I love getting myself into a mess of video and then trying to piece it all together like a puzzle. I love the rush of deadlines. I love being a goof and getting paid for it. I love getting away from this computer and into the mix. Oh, and did I mention, it's the only real way to fuel my massive ego.

Dream story: The extinction of the Green Bay Packers. Just kidding Pack fans. Calm down.

Family: Eric is married and has two daughters and a son.

E-mail: eperkins@kare11.com

Eric on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/perkatplay

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