With more than 40 years of media experience, Mr. Berry is one of Washington DC’s most respected journalists. Berry, a dynamic speaker, heads his media consulting business and offers media workshops across the nation.
As senior anchor for ABC-7’s 5, 6, and 11 pm newscasts in Washington DC, joined ABC-7 in 1972 from his native city of Detroit, where he spent four years as an anchor/reporter at the ABC-owned outlet WXYZ. During his military service in the USAF, he graduated from the Department of Defense Information School (DINFOS) and served with the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS) assigned to the Tuy Hoa Air Force Base in Vietnam where he worked as Program Director and Sportscaster. While on assignment, Berry established the first independent FM radio station in South Vietnam.
Recognized as a “man of the people,” Berry is highly regarded in the Washington area for establishing two WJLA/community service programs, “Crimesolvers” and “Seven on Your Side.” Over the years, Berry has been recognized countless times for his relentless work and commitment to the community. In 1982, Berry was named the unanimous winner of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Ted Yates award, given to the individual demonstrating outstanding professional and personal qualities in their contribution to Washington television news and public affairs.
In November 1982, Washington, DC honored Berry by declaring November 12, “Paul Berry Day in the District.” On February 15, 1994, D.C. Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly repeated the honor. Berry has also received community service awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the National Capital Optimist Club, and the Associated Press Chesapeake Broadcasters Award.
Berry received the 1986 Humanitarian Award of the National Martin Luther King, Jr., Student Leadership Conference in recognition of his long record of community involvement, particularly as a role model of Washington area youth. In 1989, Berry received both the Mid-Atlantic Professional Golfers’ Association -Citizens Award and the Olender Foundation “Generous Heart Award.” Washingtonian Magazine named Berry “Washingtonian of the Year” in 1991. He won the 1993 Capital Region Emmy Award for Outstanding News Anchor, and in 1994, Berry was voted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences “Silver circle” in recognition of his 25 years of contributions to Washington Television.
Active in the community, Berry is a member of several local civic, charitable and professional organizations. He serves on the Board of Trustees for Ford’s Theatre, the Paul Berry Academic Scholarship Foundation as well as the Qlarant Integrity Solutions Board. He also serves on the YMCA Mid-Shore Board and he is a Talbot Mentor, He is past president of the Chesapeake Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and currently serves as a commissioner for Maryland Public Television, originally appointed by Parris Glendening and re-appointed by Maryland Governors Robert Ehrlich, Martin O’Malley, and Larry Hogan.