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March 2, 1963
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Before beginning his speaking career, Perez was in the news business, where he anchored and reported for WABC New York, WPLG the ABC affiliate in Miami and WSVN, the Fox station in Miami. Before that, Perez was best known as host of the nationally syndicated The Charles Perez Show. The show was produced by Tribune Entertainment and ran from 1994 until 1996.
Following that, he anchored King World's nationally syndicated news magazine show, American Journal, along with his sister, Michele Dabney-Perez, during its final season, replacing Nancy Glass. Perez has also worked as a reporter for Los Angeles' KCAL-TV, as a producer of The Ricki Lake Show and The Montel Williams Show.
Perez was the main evening anchor at Miami's ABC affiliate WPLG. He was terminated from this position on August 6, 2009, after he filed a discrimination complaint against the station, regarding supposed prejudice over what his attorney cited as the increasing public awareness of his sexual orientation that resulted in his being removed from anchoring Channel 10's weeknight newscasts. Previously he was a weekday reporter and the weekend anchor at WABC-TV in New York City until 2006. He co-anchored the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. weekend editions of Eyewitness News with Sandra Bookman.
Perez made an appearance during the first season of MTV's The Real World when he appeared on-camera as one-half of a couple with Norman Korpi. According to Perez, the two were never linked in a relationship, though the MTV producers portrayed them as if they were.
Confessions of a Gay Anchorman, Perez's autobiography, was published in 2011.