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Perri Peltz
Filmmaker, Journalist, New Yorker
Host on Sirius-XM

Perri Peltz is a documentary filmmaker and public health advocate who began her career as a television news journalist. Her film Remembering the Artist Robert DeNiro, Sr. aired on HBO in June of 2014 and premiered in January at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Perri directed the highly acclaimed HBO documentary, The Education of Dee Dee Ricks, which explores the disparities in the United States health care system as seen through the lens of an unlikely friendship between two women battling breast cancer. She is currently working on a documentary about recidivism in the United States prison system as well as a film about an all female peacekeeping unit currently deployed to Haiti by the United Nations. Additionally, Perri hosts two radio shows on the Sirius-XM Network. Her “Dr. Radio Reports,” is a one-hour weekly program about public health issues and her new show, “The Perri Peltz Show,” airing on STARS, focuses on issues relevant to women.

Prior to directing and producing documentaries, Perri spent much of her career as a television news journalist. Her last position in television was as an anchor and reporter for WNBC-TV and NBC News, where she focused on issues relating to poverty and health. She first joined WNBC in 1987, serving as a reporter, then as a co-anchor, of the weekend editions of Today in New York and the evening newscasts. She went on to serve as a contributor for NBC’s Dateline and as one of the first anchors at MSNBC and then became a news correspondent for ABC’s 20/20. While at 20/20, Perri won several awards for her reporting on the misdiagnosis of melanoma. She also worked at CNN as a reporter and anchor. While at CNN, she reported a story about a chess team from a public school in the South Bronx that became national chess champions. Inspired by their story, Perri produced the feature film, The Knights of the South Bronx, starring Ted Danson, for the A&E Television Network.

Perri’s contributions to public health advocacy have been honored by the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, the American Cancer Society, and the Dubin Breast Center. She continues to serve on the boards of the Medicare Rights Center, Columbia University’s School of Public Health, and Single Stop USA.

Perri holds a Bachelor of Science from Brown University and a master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University, where she is presently a Doctoral Candidate. A life-long New Yorker, Perri resides in New York City with her husband and three sons.