Mitch Perry became Bay News 9’s first political reporter in November 2019.

A San Francisco native, he began his journalism career at KPFA Radio in Berkeley in the 1990s. 

He moved to Florida to become the assistant news director at WMNF radio in Tampa in 2000, where he served as creator/anchor/producer of the hour-long WMNF Evening News.

He later worked for five years as political editor of Creative Loafing.

He also had stints reporting on politics and government at Florida Politics and most recently, the Florida Phoenix in Tallahassee.