Perderick L. Hapley, or more commonly Perd Hapley, is a Pawnee television journalist and host of the television news programs Ya Heard? With Perd!, The Final Word With Perd, and Lights, Camera, Perd, a movie review show, on Channel 4. He is also the host of a news segment called "Are You There Perd-verts? It's Me Perd, Hosting a New Segment". He often speaks in awkward and overly-wordy news anchor phrases like "Yet another twist in a story that won't stop unfolding", "The statement this reporter has is a question", and "Also joining us today is a different person". Like other reporters on Parks and Recreation, Perd often serves as a parody of the pack mentality of the media and their tendency to generate scandals.
Perd has reported numerous times on the scandals of Councilman Bill Dexhart, including his four-way sex in a Brazilian cave in "Practice Date" and the rumors of Leslie Knope's sexual affair with Dexhart in "Christmas Scandal". In "Telethon", during Leslie's 24-hours telephone, he does the worm on live TV to "Axel F" for the Pawnee Cares diabetes telethon.
In "Media Blitz", Ben Wyatt appeared on Perd Hapley's show amid a media controversy about Ben's failed tenure as a child mayor. Although Perd only asked simple questions, the nervous Ben had a complete meltdown, which ended with him angrily referring to Perd as "Turd Crapley". Perd also covered the supposed Indian curse on the Harvest Festival in the episode "Harvest Festival". In "Jerry's Painting", he interviewed Leslie and porn star Brandi Maxxxx to discuss whether a painting featuring Leslie nude can be considered art.
Throughout Season 4, Perd provides commentary on the race for city council.
In "Correspondents' Lunch", he says that his spirit animal would be a "doggy".