Sylvia Perez co-anchors ABC 7 Chicago's #1 rated 11:00 a.m. newscast and is the station's medical reporter, covering daily health and medical investigative stories for the 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts. She joined ABC 7 as weekend anchor and reporter in June 1989.
Prior to joining ABC 7, Perez worked in Houston and Amarillo, Texas; Denver, Colorado; and Lawton, Oklahoma where she won several awards for her reporting. Her interest in medical news began while she worked at KPRC-TV, the NBC affiliate in Houston, reporting on breakthroughs and studies happening in medical centers there. Perez continues that tradition here in Chicago.
Perez and her "Healthbeat" team of producers have been honored with two Chicago Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; the Peter Lisagor Award, from the Chicago Headline Club; and the Silver Dome Award, from the Illinois Broadcasters Association.
As the youngest of five children and an "army brat," the highlight of her career as a journalist came when covering the 50th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. Perez followed an Illinois veteran back to Hawaii to visit the USS Arizona where his brother and many other American war heroes died.
Perez graduated from the University of Oklahoma School of Journalism. She resides in the suburbs of Chicago with her family.