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WLEX-TV’s Mary Jo Perino first woman on NSSA National Board

By LARRY VAUGHT

This is not really a Kentucky-related story, but it is a story I know many vaughtsviews.com readers will enjoy because I know you like WLEX-TV sports anchor Mary Jo Perino, a frequent contributor here.

Perino, who has won back-to-back  Kentucky Sportscaster of the Year Awards, has become the first woman elected to the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association National Board. It’s a great honor for Perino, a Minnesota native who graduated from the University of Missouri, and came on the same weekend when she was on a NSSA panel at the annual awards weekend with women’s sports pioneer Lesley Visser. Perino joked she was in awe of just being on the same podium with Visser, but she more than held her own.

“I am thrilled that Mary Jo has agreed to serve on our National Board. She is both personable and knowledgeable and it’s great that she can be a pioneer in our organization as the first female on the Board,” NSSA director Dave Goren said.

NSSA’s National Board serves an advisory role to the Foundation Board, which is NSSA’s operating arm.

I can think of no one I would rather see serving on this board than Perino, or no one who deserves the honor more (remember, she does work daily with Alan Cutler). But seriously, she has an on-air style that is being friendly and informative. She doesn’t take herself too seriously, but she’s the ultimate professional. She makes no secret of her love for UK and local athletics, but she doesn’t let that impact her coverage.

I’m proud to count her as a friend and proud she’ll join myself and UK assistant football coach Chuck Smith on a panel at the UK Ohio Convention in Middletown, Ohio, in July. That group is going to love her as much as we do here.

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  1. Karen Sprinkle

    That’s excellent! Congratulations to Ms. Perino!

  2. SoCalUKfan

    Congrats & well deserved. Poor Tipton, he must be very jealous.

  3. David Decatur AL

    Poor Tipton does not have any feelinds so he can not be jealous

  4. gmoyers

    Heck, we are all jealous of Mary Jo

  5. celia hay

    i want to know how mary jo lost so much weight.she looks better now than i’v ever seen her

    1. larryvaught

      She is flat gorgeous now. Always been a babe, though, in my eyes as well as very, very good at her job. Why she is the BEST

  6. hazel perkins

    how did mary jo prino loose so much weight
    she sure looks nice.

    1. larryvaught

      hard work and great diet

  7. rivkah

    Nah, has to be something more than that! Her weight loss was very rapid. Not criticizing her; whatever it takes! She has always looked awesome in my book; pretty and she is also very intelligent, knowledgeable and community minded. An all around class act!

  8. loveSEC-FBall

    Congratulations to Mary Jo. – Well deserved honor to be selected.

  9. loveSEC-FBall

    Her weight loss is certainly an accomplishment but that is not the point.
    Larry said “She is the ultimate professional” &
    “I can think of no one who deserves the honor more”

    She has earned it.
    She has my respect & admiration!

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