Meet our emcee

We’re thrilled to announce CBS2 Reporter, Marissa Perlman, as this year’s Celebration of Courage event emcee. With unwavering enthusiasm, Marissa eagerly embraced the role, reflecting her commitment to a better overall community, evident in her impactful work and active involvement in important causes. VIP guests will enjoy an exclusive opportunity to more closely connect with Marissa and our Champion of Justice award recipients during our VIP hour from 5 PM to 6 PM. Don’t miss this chance to be part of an extraordinary event with Marissa leading the way!

Marissa Perlman

Story-telling is Marissa’s passion and it is her greatest tool in making change in her community.

Marissa grew up in Glenview and graduated from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. She’s spent time in New York and California before landing her dream job with CBS Chicago in 2022.

You’ll find her reporting for their six-hour long morning broadcast working the days top stories. You’ll also find her passion project on CBS: investigating systemic failures in our community related to domestic violence. She is proud of the multiple Edward R. Murrow Awards she has brought home, but meeting her community in her hometown, and sharing their stories is her greatest accomplishment.

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