Sylvia Perez Biography
Sylvia Perez is an American Journalist who is currently the weekday morning anchor at Fox 32 News Chicago since joining the station in 2016. Before joining FOX 32 News, Perez was a longtime anchor and medical reporter at WLS ABC7. Perez is best known for looking beyond the headlines and reporting the personal and emotional sides of the major stories of the day.
Sylvia Perez Early Life
Perez is the youngest of five children and an “army brat.” Reporting has always been in Perez’s blood. She credits her childhood as a military “brat,” following her dad around the world, with giving her the skills she needed.
“Asking a lot of questions and getting to know people quickly comes with the territory. You move so often you have to acquire these traits to make friends and fit in,” she said. Perez knew from the age of ten she wanted to be a reporter.
While watching sportscaster Howard Cosell interview athletes during the Summer Olympics, Perez asked her brother what he had to study to get that job. His answer was “journalism” and from that day forward, her career path was sealed.
Sylvia Perez Age
Perez is 60 years old as of 2021. She was born on November 17, 1961, in Chicago, Illinois, United States. She celebrates her birthday on 17th November every year.
Sylvia Perez Height
Perez stands at a height of 5 feet 7 inches tall.
Sylvia Perez Family
Perez has managed to keep her personal life away from the limelight hence she has not disclosed any information about her parents. It is also not known if Perez has any siblings.
Sylvia Perez Husband
Perez is married to Daniel Blasdell since 1992. She got married to the Chicago-native and a former member of the ‘Chicago Board of Trade,’ when she was 19 years of age. She lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband Daniel, and their two lovely daughters.
Sylvia Perez Net Worth
Perez has an estimated net worth of between $1 Million – $5 Million which she has earned through her career as a Journalist.
Sylvia Perez Salary
Perez earns an annual salary ranging between $ 45,000 – $ 110,500.
Sylvia Perez Education
Perez studied at the University of Oklahoma, majoring in Radio/TV/Film. In a bold, early move Perez chose an internship with a public television station versus the more typical network affiliate because public television, even then, was short-staffed.
Perez covered State Capitol politics with stories appearing on the nightly news before she even graduated. That internship led to positions as a broadcast journalist in a diversity of markets across the country, reporting on major stories involving politics, medicine, education, and the military.
Sylvia Perez Career
After graduating, Perez started her career in 1983. Before joining ABC7, she worked in Houston and Amarillo, Texas. Perez also worked in Oklahoma where she won several awards for her reporting. Her interest in medical reporting came when she worked at KPRC-TV in Houston, where she also became the weekend co-anchor. She still does that while in Chicago.
She first joined ABC 7 in June 1989. On June 20, 2013, she was released from WLS-TV after 24 years with the station because they decided to cancel the 11 am newscast. In September 2016, media critic Robert Feder announced on his blog that Sylvia Perez had been hired to anchor the weekend morning newscasts on WFLD-TV. She also reports for the daily 9 p.m. newscast.
Throughout Perez’s career, she has been recognized for her achievements with multiple awards, including Emmys and the Peter Lisagor award, recognizing the best of Chicago journalism given annually by the Chicago Headline Club.
Perez was also recognized by the office of the Illinois Secretary of State for Excellence in Broadcasting commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month. She is generous with her time supporting several charities in the Chicago area. She has a company named, Sylvia Perez Productions, which specializes in all aspects of event production for non-profits. During her free time, she enjoys gourmet cooking and taking nature hikes on the many trails in and around Chicago.
Sylvia Perez House
In March 2016, she put her Hinsdale, Illinois mansion back on the market for $1.95 million dollars, previously selling the property for $2.4 million in 2013. Perez had purchased the home in 2006. They sold it in 2018 for about $1.33 million. Built-in 1929, the house has a family room with a loft, two living rooms, a sunroom, three fireplaces, a master suite with a spa bath, and hardwood floors. Outside on the property are a grotto, a chlorine-free pool, and a waterfall.
Sylvia Perez FOX 32
Perez is currently working at FOX 32 where she works alongside other famous FOX 32 anchors and reporters including;
- Scott Schneider
- Taylor Gleason
- Joanie Lum
- Dane Placko
- Mark Strehl
- Bill Zwecker
- Anthony Ponce
- Corey McPherrin
- Roseanne Tellez
- Anita Padilla
- Terrence Lee
- Brittney Payton
- Elizabeth Matthews
- Kaitlin Cody
- Brittany Garzillo
- Jake Hamilton
- Dawn Hasbrouck
- Tia Ewing
- Natalie Bomke
- Bill Bellis
- Michelle Alegria
- Mike Caplan
- Lou Canellis