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Eric Perkins

Sports Director @perkatplay
Credit: KARE
Eric Perkins


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 segment gave 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.

Eric was honored by Tegna Corporation as the recipient of the “National Community Empowerment Award." He is also the creator of Perk’s Pinky Swear MessFest – a slopstacle course for families that benefits the Pinky Swear Foundation, a not-for-profit organization helping children with cancer.

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. Seuss

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