Tori Petry was born & raised in Ocala, Florida and has long had a passion for reporting and sports. She grew up watching NASCAR on Sundays after church and attending Major League Baseball games with her family. As a teenager, her love for the competition and drama of sports only grew as she became one of the top-ranked swimmers in the state of Florida, qualifying for and competing at multiple national level meets. She fell in love with broadcasting when she won the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Student Award for Sports Package in her high school TV productions class and decided to pursue Telecommunication News for her degree at the University of Florida.
Through her involvement at UF, Tori became a reporter for WUFT-TV in Gainesville where she covered Gator football as well as the 2013 National Championship winning Gator gymnastics team and produced award-winning feature stories. She took advantage of her love for racing as the motorsports reporter at Florida Sports Talk Radio covering NASCAR, NHRA, and other auto racing events for the web and appearing weekly on radio shows to deliver NASCAR season updates. In the summer of 2012, she interned in Event Production at the ESPN Headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut where she worked in NASCAR, MLB, and the Euro 2012 soccer tournament. She has pit reported at local dirt tracks in Florida and also hosted a community lifestyle TV show called My Ocala TV.
Tori currently works as the multimedia journalist for the Detroit Lions. She serves as a sideline reporter, feature reporter, host and analyst for the team website, detroitlions.com. In addition to online content, she also conducts live post-game interviews on Fox Sports Detroit.
In her spare time, she plays cornerback for the Detroit Dark Angels, a women’s semi-pro tackle football league. When she’s not playing or reporting on football, you can find her wake boarding at the lake, traveling in and outside of the US, or hanging out with her cat, Roary.