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Darren Perron Biography

Darren Perron is an American Anchor, Award-Winning Reporter and Executive Producer. He is currently working at WCAX-Channel 3 News. He begun working for the station in the year 1995. The station is the most watched in Vermont. Prior to that, he was a print reporter for “the Chronicle” in his hometown of Barton, Vermont.

He also hosts our news program “You Can Quote Me” every Sunday mornings at 7:30. He has won a number of awards among them; an Emmy Award, 11 Edward R. Murrow Awards, 18 Emmy Award nominations. He has also won more than a dozen Associated Press Awards.

Darren Perron was the only non-network reporter in the U.S. to be nominated for a GLAAD Award in 2009. He won WCAX a VAB Broadcaster of the Year Award for his war reporting. He won national recognition from the NLGJA in the year 2016. He was also awarded the prestigious Excellence in Journalism Award by the organization.

He worked as the weekend anchor at Channel 3 News for nearly a decade. He also continued to report during the week. He was named by The National Television Academy as one of New England’s top investigative reporters. His series work, special reports and breaking news coverage earned him some of the industry’s top awards.

Darren Perron has reported a number of stories that have been honoured a number of times. Among them include; Battle Behind Bars, On Their Own, Killer Kids, Dirty Secrets, Silent Struggle, A Soldier’s Heart and Battle After War. He was also recognized for his coverage of the Essex School Shootings and the Red Sox Riot.

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He was also recognized for a story about the retirement of UVM Basketball Coach Tom Brennan. He has also won a number of readers’ choice awards. Among them; Seven Days, Times Argus and the Rutland Herald for his reporting and anchoring. In the summer of 2010, he spent two weeks in Afghanistan.

Darren Perron and his team embedded with the Vermont National Guard and reported from the war zone. His series called Mission Afghanistan won an Emmy Award, a Murrow Award, Broadcaster of the Year Award, and the military’s Seven Seals Award.

In the year 2009, Darren Perron was nominated for a GLAAD Award. This was in recognition to his series about Vermont’s transgender community called “Becoming”. He was awarded a national Excellence in Journalism Award by The NLGJA Association of LGBTQ Journalists. This was for telling the coming out story of Vermont Electric Co-op CEO Christine Hallquist, who is transgender.

Darren Perron Age

Darren Perron was born in Vermont, United States of America. He was born in the year 1973. His actual month and date of birth are no clearly known. He is 45 or 46 years old as of 2019.

“Where I grew up, it’s so rural that Burlington is considered a big city, and anywhere below Rutland is considered the South,” he said in a past interview.

Darren Perron Height

Darren Perron is of relative height. His actual height is not clearly known though. His physical appearance is generally good to look at. Especially for girls. You wont have to look down on him while you hug him. Trust me!

Darren Perron Husband | Darren Perron Married | Is Darren Perron Married

Marriage is a pretty personal affair. Not everybody would like everyone to know what is happening in their personal lives. That is Darren Perron. He has been pretty secretive about his marriage life. According to his looks, every girl would die to date him.

In what seems like good or bad news, we have no information about his marriage life. Until he comes out openly, you can try your luck with him.

Darren Perron Education

The popular news anchor, Darren Perron, is pretty educated. He grew up as a native Vermonter from the Northeast Kingdom. He attended Lake Region Union High School. He did well enough to get himself a slot at the university. He is an Alumni of Castleton University. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Media Communications.

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Darren Perron Interview

Dar­ren Per­ron of WCAX news has been nom­i­nated for an Emmy and is in the run­ning for a na­tional Ed­ward R. Mur­row award. He has also taken home a num­ber of As­so­ci­ated Press awards, in­clud­ing one for best in­ves­tiga­tive news cov­er­age.

Many peo­ple would get a swollen head from all this at­ten­tion. But maybe his roots in a gi­gan­tic fam­ily in the lit­tle towns of Bar­ton and Glover in the North­east King­dom have helped keep him hum­ble.
Get­ting ready for a broad­cast on a Sun­day night re­cently, Mr. Darren Perron can be over­heard jok­ing about the pus balls un­der his eyes. He flashes his trade­mark imp­ish grin while ex­plain­ing his “big se­cret” for suc­cess in the tele­vi­sion news busi­ness.

The “big se­cret” is that he’s sit­ting on two pil­lows, each a cou­ple of inches thick.
“Well when you’re five foot seven sit­ting next to a guy who is six seven,” he shrugs with the grin again, as if to say, “Whad­daya gonna do?”

Mr. Darren Perron has a way of us­ing his sense of hu­mor and nat­ural cu­rios­ity about peo­ple to con­nect with those he wants to in­ter­view.

“I get to say, ‘Meet Mr. Din­gal­ing,’” he said just be­fore the broad­cast about the area’s fa­vorite ice cream de­liv­ery man. Mr. Din­gal­ing has that name be­cause his truck plays its trade­mark bell tune wher­ever it goes. The lit­tle song draws kids and adults from all around.
Mr. Darren Perron is clearly at home in front of the cam­era and likes to joke around, but the awards show the se­ri­ous side of his ca­reer.

Two big se­ries were the award win­ners in the past year. One was called “Bat­tle Be­hind Bars” about prison over­crowd­ing. The other was ti­tled “Killer Kids” about chil­dren who mur­der — some­times their own par­ents.
Mr. Per­ron worked with pho­tog­ra­pher Lance MacKen­zie on the se­ries.
“You write to the pic­tures, and Lance is awe­some,” Mr. Per­ron said.

One shot Mr. MacKen­zie thought of was an in­ter­view of a prison psy­chol­o­gist talk­ing about what makes these young peo­ple tick — as a tape of one of the ju­ve­nile mur­der­ers is shown with no sound in the back­ground.
Each of these se­ries takes up 15 min­utes of air time, five min­utes per night for three nights in a row. In or­der to put these to­gether, Mr. Per­ron worked for about a month on one se­ries, and two months on the other one.

Mr. Darren Perron is the week­end an­chor and pro­ducer, and he spends three full days a week re­port­ing. When he is work­ing on a se­ries, he gets to spend all his re­port­ing time on that. In that time he does re­search on the sub­ject and finds po­ten­tial peo­ple in­volved to in­ter­view on cam­era. Some­times it takes a while to get to know some­one, to make a per­son com­fort­able enough to agree to be video­taped.

In the case of these par­tic­u­lar se­ries, Mr. Darren Perron and Mr. MacKen­zie trav­eled to Ken­tucky to in­ter­view Ver­mont in­mates for both sto­ries.
Among the young pris­on­ers Mr. Per­ron in­ter­viewed was Tashia Beer of West Burke. Ms. Beer was 14 years old when she was charged with the mur­der of her step­mother in Feb­ru­ary 2000. She has yet to be tried.
She says in her in­ter­view that she wishes that there could be more in­ten­sive ther­apy avail­able for chil­dren who have long sen­tences.

“There’s noth­ing for us right now,” said Ms. Beer.
Prison of­fi­cials ac­knowl­edge in the se­ries that in­ten­sive treat­ment is re­served for those closer to their re­lease date. That kind of ther­apy is costly, they say, and not a pri­or­ity for young peo­ple who are ba­si­cally go­ing to be be­hind bars for some years to come.

The “Bat­tle Be­hind Bars” se­ries makes note of the grow­ing num­ber of heroin cases in prison these days, and the grow­ing num­ber of women. In 1993, there were 28 women in prison in Ver­mont. In 2003 there were 140.
The av­er­age cost of in­car­cer­at­ing pris­on­ers in Vir­ginia is only $47.50 a day, whereas in Ver­mont it’s $77, the se­ries points out. And build­ing a new prison is an ex­tremely ex­pen­sive un­der­tak­ing. The prison in Spring­field comes with a $27-mil­lion price tag. But a new prison brings jobs. In the case of Spring­field, 135 new jobs came to town.

Ver­mont tries to keep costs down and stem over­crowd­ing by al­low­ing as many con­victs as pos­si­ble to serve time in com­mu­nity re­lease pro­grams. Ver­mont leads the na­tion in the num­ber of pris­on­ers on fur­lough with 43 per­cent. The next clos­est state is Mon­tana with 24 per­cent. Vir­ginia has only 2 per­cent on fur­lough.
Get­ting these kind of sta­tis­tics and in­ter­views takes a lot of work.

Two months is a lot of time to put into one story. And the weeks are not short — Mr. Darren Perron of­ten works more than 40 hours a week. While work­ing on the se­ries, it was of­ten more like 80. And when he gets a day off, he is of­ten still on call. In the month of May, Mr. Per­ron had about two days off.
But he is not com­plain­ing.

“When it’s over and you can see the fi­nal prod­uct — it’s worth it,” he said.
All the ex­tra ef­fort paid off when Mr. Per­ron got word that “Bat­tle Be­hind Bars” got nom­i­nated for an Emmy. The Na­tional Tele­vi­sion Acad­emy chose it as one of the best se­ri­ous news sto­ries for 2003. The “Killer Kids” se­ries won an Ed­ward R. Mur­row award as the best in New Eng­land, and the se­ries is in the run­ning for a na­tional award. Both Mr. Per­ron and Mr. MacKen­zie were hon­ored by the Ra­dio and Tele­vi­sion News Di­rec­tors As­so­ci­a­tion for that se­ries.
With or with­out awards, Mr. Per­ron clearly loves his job.

“It’s wicked ex­cit­ing every day. You never know what you’re go­ing to cover,” he said. He said he is a to­tally dif­fer­ent per­son about five min­utes be­fore he goes on the air be­cause of the stress and adren­a­line rush of get­ting ready to broad­cast.

On the Sun­day of this in­ter­view, a re­porter who has been out cov­er­ing an an­nounce­ment in New York State comes rush­ing back to do his story in just a few min­utes’ time, then re­al­izes he does­n’t have a neck­tie. Mr. Per­ron searches around for spares and finds some in a drawer.

Then amaz­ingly quickly, the show is done, and things get back to nor­mal.
On Sun­days, the stress in­creases be­cause na­tional sport­ing events like golf tend to take over some of the news time. If the golf match keeps go­ing un­til 6:22 p.m., the rest of the time un­til 6:30 will be filled by the golf match, and then the lo­cal news will get its full half-hour. But if golf ends at 6:21, the lo­cal news must be com­pacted into a nine-minute broad­cast of news, weather and sports.

“We’ve done a seven-minute news­cast,” Mr. Per­ron said.
Asked what was his fa­vorite story, Mr. Per­ron im­me­di­ately an­swers that it was the one on the Statue of Lib­erty that he did for July 4 in 1998. Mr. Per­ron in­ter­viewed some Glover folks about what it would have been like to have the statue in their town, in­clud­ing lo­cal his­to­rian Wayne Alexan­der.
“I can’t vi­su­al­ize it, Dar­ren,” said Mr. Alexan­der.

But an­other res­i­dent, Blanche Per­ron, could vi­su­al­ize it per­fectly. Mrs. Per­ron, who has since died, was Mr. Per­ron’s grand­mother and lived on the top of Per­ron Hill. The Statue of Lib­erty would look great in her front yard, she said.
“I’ll put nice flow­ers around it,” she said.

Look­ing out over the green hills Mr. Per­ron con­cluded, how­ever, that Glover would be a much dif­fer­ent place to­day if the statue had been put there.
“Maybe Lady Lib­erty is where she should be and Glover is the way it should be,” he said.

An­other fa­vorite broad­cast was his chance to ride in an F-16 fighter plane, very very fast, flip­ping around, and up­side down for part of the trip. Mr. Per­ron was proud that he did­n’t get sick. It was a char­ity ben­e­fit, and Mr. Per­ron clearly had a great time with it.

“I’d never get that op­por­tu­nity if I had­n’t been a re­porter,” he said.
Mr. Per­ron said he does­n’t know what his hard­est story was, but he finds a chal­lenge in all the sto­ries.
“Even a funny story can be chal­leng­ing,” he said.
“My fa­vorite thing to do is find a char­ac­ter to sort of fo­cus every­thing around — to sort of cap­ture that per­son in a minute and a half,” he said.

That’s why when he showed up in Brown­ing­ton one fine spring day to do a story on mud sea­son and found no mud, he re­al­ized all was not lost once he had met the road com­mis­sioner. The man was a great char­ac­ter and the in­ter­view was a won­der­ful por­trayal.

Mr. Darren Perron said the per­son he em­u­lates the most is An­son Teb­betts. Mr. Teb­betts grew up on a dairy farm in Cabot and is also known for his sense of hu­mor and por­trayal of great Ver­mont char­ac­ters.
Mr. Per­ron stud­ied me­dia at Castle­ton State Col­lege and first did an in­tern­ship at WCAX in 1994.
He also cred­its pro­ducer Will Mikell for show­ing him the ropes. Mr. Per­ron started at WCAX on Sat­ur­days while work­ing full-time dur­ing the week at the Chron­i­cle as a news re­porter. He said the Chron­i­cle ex­pe­ri­ence also taught him a lot and helped in­still the love of the work.

Mr. Darren Perron does not have a lot of spare time, but when he does he tends to have a fam­ily re­union, wed­ding, or other fam­ily party to at­tend. He is the son of Donna (Con­ley) Per­ron and Ed­ward Per­ron. His mother was one of six chil­dren, and his fa­ther was one of 13. He fig­ures he has about 50 first cousins.
“Some of my best sources are my cousins,” he said.

Mr. Darren Perron likes work­ing in Ver­mont and does not have any im­me­di­ate plans to step up to a larger mar­ket in a larger city any time soon.
“I think that Ver­mon­ters have some of the best sto­ries to tell,” he said.

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