Commencement Ceremony Keynote Speaker

Commencement Speaker

Malik Perkins

Mr. Malik Perkins is a news reporter and a multimedia journalist (MMJ), for WHIO-TV, the #1 CBS affiliate in the nation and the Dayton Daily News. As a reporter and an “MMJ,” he covers the city of Trotwood, local non-profit organizations, and social issues in the Miami Valley. Mr. Perkins reports breaking news for television broadcasts, writes news articles for the Dayton Daily News and, and manages multiple social media accounts sharing news and trending content.

Mr. Perkins developed a passion for broadcasting in his junior year while working at the Central State University radio station, WCSU FM “Jazzy 88.9,” where he hosted the “Jazz at Sundown Program” on weeknights.

He played the trumpet in the Invincible Marching Marauders Band. He served as Mr. College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences and led the University’s chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists.

Mr. Perkins began his professional career in 2014 as a board operator at WHIO Radio. As a radio board operator, he ensured that all radio broadcasts ran efficiently, engineered live broadcasts for the University of Dayton sporting events, and made sure the radio news anchors rejoined live programming in a timely manner.

In 2016, HBCU Buzz, an online media site covering Historically Black Colleges and Universities, named him a “Top 30 Under 30” graduate. The award recognizes academic scholars who are making an impact in their local communities and nationwide.

He is a member of The Dayton Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. In his spare time, Mr. Perkins mentors youth at the Montgomery County Juvenile Court.

Mr. Perkins graduated from Central State University with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Media in 2014. He is a Dayton native, and Keith and Lisa Perkins are his parents.


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