As an assignment editor for the Washington bureau of ABC News, Perita Carpenter maintains the daily flow of news coverage for the nation’s capital. A typical day of news coverage includes the president’s schedule, Capitol Hill hearings, Supreme Court rulings, live news feeds for Good Morning America and segments for World News Tonight. She also monitors the news wires, keeping all of the reporters and news teams aware of any major or breaking news. “It’s a high stress job and I love it!” she says.
Carpenter credits Trinity for her success in broadcast journalism. “Trinity gave me confidence. When I left Trinity, I felt that I could do anything. Trinity helped me realize my dreams.”
Carpenter majored in English at Trinity with a minor in education. She graduated from Trinity with honors and was the editor-in-chief of the 2002 yearbook. In addition, she wrote for the Trinity Times and was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., America’s first Greek-letter organization established by black college women.
While she was a Trinity student, Carpenter worked on the production team of America’s Most Wanted television program. After she graduated from Trinity, she was offered a job as a news production assistant at ABC News; her excellent work was rewarded when she was promoted to associate producer and to her current position as an assignment editor. While working at ABC News, she earned a master’s degree in communication from Howard University.
Carpenter remembers the night the war began in Iraq. As a production assistant for ABC News she had a special assignment to operate the system that loads video and merges it with graphics for broadcasting. She remembers seeing the bombing, and working on the news that night and reporting the news that was happening that moment.
“I was living history,” she said. “I was absolutely amazed. I was seeing the news before anyone else was.” Carpenter worked closely with producers to get the reports on the air. “I was at the heart of news as it was happening. It was intense, but it really made me realize how much I love working in the news.”