One hour, Avon resident Abby Perrey was cracking jokes on-air as co-host of an entertainment news show, the next she was assisting the producer at one of Indianapolis’ most prominent broadcasts.

A Journalism and Telecommunications major with a Communication Studies minor, Perrey has kept busy throughout her college career thriving on-air and behind the scenes of production.

Abby Perrey on the set of BSU Tonight

Behind-the-scene shot of Abby on the set of BSU Tonight. Photo: Abby Perrey.

Entertainment and news are her passions, which she found at Ball State through “BSU Tonight,” the University’s only late night comedy talk show, and “The Reel Deal,” an on-campus entertainment news show. As talent producer and co-host for the shows, the senior directed weekly productions, presented on-air skits, secured exciting guests and top talent, and wrote episode segments.

“Every day is dynamic and different at the College of Communication, Information, and Media,” Perrey said. “Ball State empowers me to set my goals high and then achieve them through opportunities that open doors.”

Abby Perrey on the set of Indiana Week in Review

Abby on the set of Indiana Week in Review. Photo: Abby Perrey.

Thanks to her real-world experience on campus, Perrey landed a freelance job at WFYI, Indianapolis’ public radio, television, and news station, where she assisted the “Indiana Week in Review” production. Each week, she compiled and edited content for the show, plus worked alongside professional producers.

As Ball State takes aggressive measures to mitigate the spread and the threat of COVID-19, Perrey is finishing her semester online and collaborating virtually with professors who are committed to set her on a career path in communication.

“Working with community partners, getting to attend prestigious events like the Heartland Film Festival, and working in professional studios have added even more value to my college experience,” Perrey said. “Ball State has gone above and beyond in preparing me for a successful career.”

Abby Perrey conducting interviews at the Heartland Film Festival

Abby conducting interviews at the Heartland Film Festival. Photo: Abby Perrey.