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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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.
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While covering the 2017 NFL Combine for detroitlions.com, Tori filmed a promo video for the Lions’ combine coverage by running the 40-yard dash in the fan zone. Dressed in her work clothes and heels, the video was originally just meant to draw viewers in to the Lions site, but with a time under six seconds, its reach turned out to be much wider. The clip went viral and was featured on ESPN,
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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.
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