Omar Pérez covers the victims of violence for KGET and Telemundo Valle Central.
Born and raised in Vista, Ca, just north of San Diego, Omar attended San Jose State University where he studied Journalism and Mass Communications.
At San Jose State, Omar quickly got involved in the Journalism Department. For two years Omar reported, anchored and directed the department’s student broadcast, Update News. As multimedia editor for The Spartan Daily newspaper, Omar reported on social justice, immigration, and politics.
Having Mexican immigrant parents, Omar was motivated to report on topics regarding immigration in the U.S. and internationally. The drive to tell the stories of misrepresented people led Omar to Greece and Italy in 2017 to report on the refugee crisis. Traveling to the Greek island of Lesvos, Omar was able to give perspective on the lives of the people affected by the refugee crisis.
Omar’s next big venture took him to the Southern states of the U.S. during the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Traveling from Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta to the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Omar interviewed Andrew Young, an early leader of the civil rights movement, about the moment Young saw Dr. King shot and killed.
As a result of Omar’s experience and skills he landed an internship with NBC Bay Area. Working specifically on The Bay Area Proud segment focusing positive stories. For two years, he assisted in coordinating and producing heartwarming human interest stories.
In Omar’s spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and traveling. While attending San Jose State, Omar traveled to 10 different countries – Greece being his favorite.
Omar is eager and excited to work for KGET and learn all about the city of Bakersfield. Having an immigrant background, Omar is mostly excited to uncover and tell the stories that are misrepresented/unreported.