Perkins is a morning news anchor and reporter for Arizona Public Media, the local NPR radio affiliate. He received his master's from the University of Arizona School of Journalism in 2020, following a career in broadcast journalism that's spanned more than 30 years and two continents. He specialized in covering legal issues and courts, and chronicled the Jeffery Dahmer serial killer trial for ABC Radio News in the 1990s. He also worked as a television news and sports journalist for more than 13 years, and reported on the University of Arizona's national basketball title game in 1997. A continuing interest in teaching college journalism led him to a position as TV news director and adjunct instructor at the Indiana University School of Journalism in 2007. He then served as an anchor-producer for China Central Television’s English-language coverage of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic games. He lived and worked in China for four years before returning to the U.S. as an international sports television correspondent.