Dee Perry began her broadcasting career in 1976 and worked for more than a dozen years hosting shows on commercial radio stations. During that time, she was also attending classes at Cleveland State University. She majored in communications and graduated in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree.
In 1989 she took a job with what was then known as Cleveland Public Radio, becoming the morning host for WCPN 90.3FM. That station became the multi-media content provider ideastream in 2001, following a merger with WVIZ/PBS.Since then she has written, produced and conducted thousands of interviews about arts and culture for radio, television and the web.
Her many honors include multiple Emmy Awards, induction into the Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame, and the Cleveland Arts Prize’s Robert Bergman Prize.
The Cleveland Heights resident retired from full-time broadcasting in 2016 but continues to serve as a freelance researcher, interviewer and host.