NICK PERRY is the Wellington correspondent for the Associated Press, covering New Zealand and the South Pacific. Prior to that, he worked at the Seattle Times for nine years. He was also a 2011 Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan. At the Seattle Times, Perry covered the higher education beat for five years, writing about the gender gap in colleges, the huge debt burden shouldered by students, and fraternity deaths, among other issues. A native of New Zealand, Perry grew up in a family steeped in journalism. His late grandfather, Dick Brittenden, was a renowned cricket writer who covered the sport for some 60 years. Perry began his career at the New Zealand Herald in 1998, covering health care and the changing face of Auckland in the buildup to the America's Cup sailing race. He won a national Qantas Award for his work in 2000. That same year, he moved to Seattle with his American wife, Amy Beliveau, and began work at the Eastside Journal newspaper in Seattle's eastern suburbs. He began working at the Seattle Times in 2002. Perry has won the George Polk Award, the Michael Kelly Award and national honors for beat reporting from the Education Writers Association. In 2010, he shared in the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news reporting, which was awarded to the staff of the Seattle Times for its coverage of the shooting deaths of four police officers. Perry and his wife Amy have two children, Henry and Lillie.