Tony Perkins, News4 Anchor

Tony Perkins is a veteran Washington, D.C., journalist and host. He joined NBC4 in 2023 to anchor News4 Today.

For more than 30 years, Perkins has been part of the D.C. media scene as a weatherman, reporter, host and news anchor on both television and radio.

Perkins grew up in the D.C. area, attending school in Prince George's and Fairfax counties and then at American University, where he majored in communications and cinema studies.

Perkins started out as a stand-up comedian in what was then D.C.’s thriving comedy club circuit. He spent nine years performing at clubs, colleges and theaters across the country and opened for headliners such as Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin and Sinbad.

His comedy led to a job with Donnie Simpson’s #1-rated morning radio show on KYS-FM, which was then broadcast from NBC4 studios. From there, he hosted a show called "DC20 Breakaway," for which he won an Emmy Award, and then joined WTTG-TV as the morning weatherman and feature reporter.

In 1998, Perkins joined Good Morning America, bringing viewers weather reports and feature stories throughout the early hours of the day. He covered dozens of hurricanes and weather events and interviewed many celebrities during his six years there.

Missing the Washington region, Perkins returned to WTTG in 2006, eventually anchoring the evening newscasts with Shawn Yancy and earning his second Emmy award.

In 2018, Perkins reunited with Donnie Simpson, this time on an afternoon show on MAJIC 102.3 and 92/7. He continues to co-host that show from 3 to 7 p.m. He also spent three years anchoring the morning news on WUSA-TV.

Perkins lives in Northern Virginia with his wife.

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