Perry A. Sook has over 33 years of professional experience in the television and radio broadcasting industries, covering all facets of the business including ownership and M&A, management, sales, on-air talent and news. Sook is the founder, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc., a leading diversified media company that leverages localism to bring new services and value to consumers and advertisers through its traditional media, digital and mobile media platforms. Based in Irving, Texas, Nexstar was formed in 1996 and trades on NASDAQ under the symbol NXST. Pro-forma for the completion of all transactions Nexstar will own, operate, program or provide sales and other services to 171 television stations and their related low power and digital multicast signals reaching 100 markets or approximately 39% of all U.S. television households.
Prior to Nexstar, Mr. Sook was one of the principals of Superior Communication Group, and he previously spent five years with Cox Broadcasting. Early in his career, Mr. Sook was involved in local TV sales and radio sales, and also worked briefly as a television news anchor at the CBS affiliate in Clarksburg, W.V.
Mr. Sook did his undergraduate work at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and was an adjunct professor at Edinboro State University of Pennsylvania. He is a recipient of the NAB/BEA Harold E. Follow Memorial Scholarship, a Board Member of the National Association of Broadcasters, the Television Bureau of Advertising, the NBC Affiliate Board, and a Board Member and Trustee of The Ohio University Foundation.
He and his wife, Sandra, have three children; Laura, Victoria and Perry, Jr., and reside in Flower Mound, Texas.