The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications recently updated their website with a featured alumni page that showcases high-profile sports media jobs held by Gator alums. Tori was selected as one of the featured CJC alumni, highlighted alongside other names like FOX Sports’ Erin Andrews, ESPN’s Jeff Darlington and Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples.
Outside of her job as a multimedia journalist for the Detroit Lions, Tori stays close to the football field. In order to deepen her knowledge on the game even further, Tori plays cornerback for the Detroit Dark Angels in the WFA, the women’s full-pads, full-tackle football league that built players like former NFL coach, Dr. Jen Welter. This is a short compilation of highlights from her 2016 season.
After 22 years in the fantastic state of Florida, I’m uprooting to Michigan this weekend to start a new role as the Multimedia Journalist for the Detroit Lions.
If you had asked me six months ago what kind of role I saw myself in six months from then, my response would have sounded a lot like the job description for this position. As the very first “Multimedia Journalist” for DetroitLions.com, I’ll act as a host and sideline reporter of sorts as well as film,
With this year’s Chase format, NASCAR Sprint Cup victories become more and more precious as the opportunities to earn them dwindle with every race, and victory lane real estate at the Coke Zero 400 is looking pretty valuable. This track plays to the strengths of a few drivers who excel at superspeedways, but in stark contrast, is also known for elevating some of the weaker ones with its unexpected nature.
While Daytona is always a prime chance for lower-tier teams to make waves with a win and a Chase berth,
The Florida Sports Talk live race broadcast at Citrus County Speedway two weeks ago didn’t exactly go as planned. Technical difficulties at the track forced us to go off air early on, but fortunately, it takes more than that to get the Racin’ Nation crew down! We managed to squeeze in part of my front stretch interviews during the autograph session before we shut down our operation for the night, and it was a blast.
Saturday night, the Florida Sports Talk team broadcasted from the Powell Memorial at Volusia Speedway Park and despite the rain, the night was a success – both on the racing and broadcast fronts! Mark Whitener took home his first official Powell Memorial win and I clocked my first race as pit reporter for the NBC Sports Radio turn-by-turn team.
If you don’t know about the Powell Memorial already, it’s a late model race that commemorates the family of James Powell,
Two years ago, the Association for Women in Sports Media gave me the opportunity to intern as a production assistant at the ESPN headquarters and to attend their 2012 convention in Chicago. Ever since that summer, my career will never be the same.
When I applied for the internship, I didn’t know much about the Association for Women in Sports Media, affectionately called AWSM (pronounced “awesome”) by its members for short.
1) The red flag was the right choice
It was unprecedented in this race, yes, and defies typical tradition. But IndyCar found a phenomenal way to avoid ending under caution (as it unfortunately has the past 4 years) and still stick to their staunch belief that the Indy 500 should be ONLY 500 miles and nothing more. The decision to throw the red when Townsend Bell wrecked near the end of the race gave fans a thrilling final 9 laps,
After 4 wonderful years, I graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Telecommunication News on Saturday, May 3rd! I graduated Summa Cum Laude in the top 10 in my class and also completed the UF Honors Program in my time at Florida. I earned a minor in Communication Studies, an outside concentration in Sports Management, and a certificate in Meteorology and Climatology.
The past 4 years have been the best of my life and I am so thankful for all the memories made,
TO: Student Evaluation Committee, College of Journalism and Communications University of Florida
FM: Tori Petry, Telecommunication, 83419831
RE: Evidence of Professional Competence
As evidence of my activities and professional competence for Highest Honors, I hereby submit the following information:
I. Letter of Nomination signed by Mark Leeps, Department of Telecommunication, Office Telephone: 352-294-1504
II. Professional Experience
- ESPN, Summer 2012, Internship in production.