Caitriona Perry is the Washington Correspondent for RTE – Ireland’s public service media organisation. Based in Washington DC, her beat covers the whole of the United States and beyond; she has also reported from Canada and Latin America during her current posting. She crisscrossed the United States reporting from the 2016 campaign trail for RTE News acorss radio, television and online platforms and led RTE’s US news coverage of Election Night 2016 and President Trump’s inauguration. Previously she has based in Ireland and while there also reported on humanitarian and political stories across Europe and in Australia.
Prior to becoming RTE’s Washington Correspondent in 2013, she held various posts as an anchor, reporter and programme editor within the organisation. She’s also presented and produced several special magazine TV programmes on the Irish in the White House, the Irish in Canada, the Irish in Australia, and a special highlights programme from the Special Olympics World Games in 2015. Prior to joining RTE in 2007, Caitriona worked in the Irish national radio stations Today FM (legal affairs correspondent and Acting Deputy Head of News) and NewsTalk (reporter and producer).
Caitriona has a first class honours degree in Journalism and a Masters Degree in International Relations both awarded by Dublin City University, which named her as one of its Distinguished Alumni in 2015. She also completed a period of study at Boston University in 2001. Caitriona has won several awards for her journalism, including multiple National Justice Media Awards for her television work and a PPI National Radio Award for her radio news reporting.
While not as prolific as US President Trump, she admits to being somewhat addicted to Twitter, and was named most influential Irish news journalist on Twitter earlier this year. Caitriona is a member of the White House Correspondents’ Association and when not chasing down Sean Spicer, she can be found paddle-boarding on the Potomac, trying not to fall into ‘The Swamp’.