Multi- award-winning Irish journalist and co-anchor of the The SixOne News on the national public service broadcaster, RTÉ.
Caitriona has worked as a broadcast news correspondent since 2000 and is currently the co-anchor of the main television evening news programme from Ireland’s national public service broadcaster, RTÉ. The SixOne News is broadcast Monday to Friday from 6.01pm to 7pm and is the most watched news programme in Ireland, nominated for an Irish Film & Television Award 2018.
Previously Caitríona was the stations Washington Correspondent & Bureau Chief (2013-Dec 2017) where she worked across television, radio and digital platforms reporting on politics and all sorts of US related news.
She has significant editorial experience and has previously worked as a news anchor, presenter, documentary maker, producer, and programme editor.
She has won awards for her television and radio reportage, including a National Justice Media Awards and a PPI Award. She has an Undergraduate Degree in Journalism (2002) and a Masters Degree in International Relations (2010), both awarded by Dublin City University, which recently named her as one of the University’s distinguished alumni. In addition to her home country of Ireland, Caitriona has reported on news stories across the US, Canada, Latin America, Europe and Australia.
Her first book, ”In America: Tales from Trump Country“ was published by Gill Books on October 27th 2017. It debuted at number three in the Irish bestsellers charts and was shortlisted for Best Irish Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2017. An updated paperback edition was published on April 27th 2018, with a new chapter looking at the first year of the presidency of Donald J. Trump.
Her second book “The Tribe: The Inside Story on Irish Power and Influence in US Politics” (Gill Books Oct 2019) examines who the power players in Irish American politics are and just how influential they are. It also looks at what will happen the Irish-America relationship after Brexit.
Caitríona was named the Irish Tatler Media Woman of the Year 2017, and an Image Woman of the Year 2018. She was listed as Ireland’s most influential female journalist on Twitter in 2018 and was shortlisted as Ireland’s Most Stylish Woman 2018 in the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards. She has addressed audiences and some of the world’s most prestigious universities across Ireland, the US, the UK and Europe on US politics and her work as a journalist.
Praise for In America: Tales from Trump Country
“A fresh perspective on the supporters of Donald Trump....A clear-eyed portrait of Americans' bitterness, hope, and fear”
“Impressively informative, thoughtful and thought-provoking, "In America: Tales from Trump Country" is a timely and much appreciated contribution to the growing library of Trump Era political science studies”
Midwest Book Review
“A revealing and insightful piece of reportage by a journalist who refuses to become part of the story”
The Sunday Business Post
“Perry treats Trump supporters with a degree of respect that is sometimes absent from other commentaries”
The Sunday Independent
“In America is a worthwhile and eminently readable book...The version of Trump’s America that Perry presents brings many essential and revealing factors into sharp focus”
The Irish Times
”It’s an eye-opening read that concisely demystifies the complex and baffling politics of America, no mean feat”
Irish Country Magazine
“A tour-de-force analysis of the current state of play in American politics”
Larry Donnelly, political commentator and Lecturer in the School of Law at NUIG
“Spellbindingly good. Journeying across America, Caitríona Perry masterfully takes us into the hearts and minds of those who voted for Donald Trump. A triumph of a book”
Prof. Gary Murphy, Head of the School of Law and Government, DCU
“In America brings us right into the heart and soul of Trump’s presidency, seen through the prism of decent Americans as they sip coffee in diners or make tea in Irish centres. From the Mexico border to the Oval Office, Caitríona Perry brings us to the coalface of one of the most tempestuous and extraordinary opening periods of any presidency in modern memory”
Ryan Tubridy, Irish broadcaster and author
“This entertaining and insightful travelogue, through its attention to detail of both place and people, lays bare both the death and residual power of the American Dream “
Liam Kennedy, Director of the Clinton Institute for American Studies at UCD
“Bringing us vivid voices from Trump country, and exploring the emotional landscape in which his campaign took root, this book deepens our understanding of the Trump phenomenon “
Anne Anderson, former Irish Ambassador to the US 2013-2017
“The hopes, contradictions and beliefs of Trump voters brilliantly told – a necessary and insightful book! “
Joe Duffy, Irish broadcaster and author
“In my visits to Ireland since the 2016 election, the most frequent question I get is how could that happen? Caitríona Perry answers it honestly and candidly as only someone who takes the time to understand could”
Cody Keenan, Chief Speechwriter to President Barack Obama
“A genuinely fascinating chance to meet the most and least likely Trump voters and find out why his election was ultimately bound to happen”
Rick O’Shea, Irish broadcaster and curator of Ireland’s biggest book club
Praise for The Tribe
"Absorbing interviews offer a forensic, rounded, and authoritative discussion about Irish-Americans in US"
The Irish Independent
"There are many insights to be found here and Perry, who knows the subject well from the years she spent as RTÉ's Washington correspondent, tells her story at pace, and in a crisp, accessible style"
The Irish Times
"The Tribe is an important book for every Irish American interested in Irish issues. It is very well researched and written in a breezy, readable style. It adds greatly to the canon of must-read books for Irish Americans"
"In her book, Caitríona Perry offers a digestible exploration of the declining Irish-American tribe in an ever diversified political, social, and economic landscape"
The Irish Examiner
M.H.Gill & Co (World)