More than a year after she stepped back from the airwaves due to a devastating accident, a Twin Cities TV journalist is officially stepping down.
Iris Perez, a reporter and fill-in anchor at FOX 9 since 2012, has announced she's resigning from the station to continue recovering from a traumatic brain injury (TBI):
In a February 2020 Facebook post, Perez revealed that she'd been seriously wounded 17 months earlier when a "a distracted driver rear-ended a photojournalist and me, full-speed, on our way to an interview."
The accident left her with a "whiplash concussion," and post-concussion syndrome, which resulted in daily headaches, weekly migraines and "a rollercoaster of vision issues, dizziness, photophobia, chronic neck and shoulder pain, depression, fatigue, insomnia, etc."
Despite the trauma, she got back to work, determined to "push beyond it all" and "focus on the long game for my career."
But eventually the symptoms became too much, and she made the "very difficult decision to take a medical leave of absence in order to focus on healing from this complicated injury once and for all."
But according to Friday's update, Perez continues to "endure a lengthy TBI recovery."
"Time will soon tell" what's in store for her, she writes. "Whatever path I choose, I'll make sure it's exciting, helps people and, most importantly, is in line with the values I know we share."
Per her FOX 9 bio, Perez covered some of Minnesota's biggest stories in her time at the station, including the shootings of Philando Castile and Justine Damond.
"Tips regularly make their way to Iris’ phone and inboxes, as she’s known for her keen, compassionate, yet no-nonsense ability to tug at the heart of any story, from crime to community interest," the FOX 9 bio says.
Prior to joining the station, Perez had an "Emmy award-winning stint" at FOX 2 Detroit in her home state, where she attended the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies & Spanish.