Tori enterprised a new segment on Detroitlions.com called “Lions in Detroit” where she hangs out at popular Detroit spots with the Lions. This segment showcases the personalities of the players underneath the helmet and Tori’s ability to make any player feel at home. The first three episodes are available on the Lions’ website and YouTube pages.
Taylor Decker was an animal science major in college, so Tori takes Decker and his wife to the Detroit Zoo.
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In order to be better prepared for her job as an NFL reporter, Tori Petry joined a women’s semi-pro football team. https://t.co/raAJsXHAgr
— NPR (@NPR) February 17, 2019
NPR’s Only A Game program interviewed Tori in February of 2019 about her time playing women’s tackle football. The article, The NFL Reporter Who Decided To Play Semi-Pro Football, covered why Tori got involved with the Detroit Dark Angels and how it impacted her career covering the NFL.
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In fall of 2018, NBC’s Sunday Night Football launched a “Football is Female” initiative in partnership with Refinery29 where each week, they would highlight a female who worked in football around one of the two teams featured in that matchup of SNF. In week 3, the Lions faced the Patriots at home, and On Her Turf contacted Tori to cover her work as the team reporter for the Detroit Lions. The video shows Tori’s perspective on being a female in a male-dominated industry and what she has done to overcome that.
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In August of 2018, Tori was selected to be one of nine members on her university’s Social Media Advisory Council.
From the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communication’s Social Media Advisory Council website:
The Advisory Council role is two-fold. First, the council helps the college confirm and document the skills and capabilities that employers seek in graduates of the social media master’s degree program.
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As part of her responsibilities for the Detroit Lions, Tori works as the sideline reporter for the Lions’ preseason games that air on FOX2 and Fox Sports Detroit alongside play-by-play commentator Matt Shepard and color analyst Chris Spielman.
During the 2018 NFL preseason, NFL Network selected Lions vs. Browns at Ford Field to appear live on their air in Week 4. Since NFL Network broadcasts the home team’s feed, Tori and her crew were live on NFL Network to a national audience of 756,000 viewers as well as live locally on FOX2.
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Tori was nominated for two Emmy awards from the Michigan chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She received the nods in both the “Reporter – Sports” category and as part of a group entry in the “Sports – One-Time Special” category for her work as an on-camera talent, producer and editor for the Lions’ “Road to Kickoff” TV show.
Below, you can watch Tori’s two Emmy nominated entries.
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The first episode of the new official Lions podcast, The One Pridecast, debuted on iTunes on Tuesday, May 22nd. The podcast is hosted by Tori Petry and will feature exclusive interviews with analysts, players, coaches and more. The One Pridecast takes you behind the scenes of the Detroit Lions and gets you up close and personal with the team.
The podcast can be found on iTunes and TuneIn Radio.
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Tori joined Fox Sports Detroit’s Detroit Pistons broadcast crew of George Blaha and Greg Kelser as the sideline reporter for the Pistons’ matchup with the Washington Wizards this March. She appeared on the pregame show as well as the postgame show with Mickey York and Tim McCormick, where she is seen here interviewing Andre Drummond.
In a 10-day span, Tori covered 12 high school basketball state playoff games in East Lansing,
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Tori Petry takes you behind the scenes at the Riddell facility in North Ridgeville, Ohio to see how a Lions helmet is made.
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Although she isn’t featured on-camera in this video, Tori was one of two shooters as well as the sole editor and producer of this Detroit Lions feature that takes you behind the scenes of WR Marvin Jones Jr.’s home recording studio.
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