Reynolds in 2017
|Born||April 3, 1986 (age 33)|
Durant, Oklahoma, U.S.
|Residence||Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Baylor University|
|Known for||The Whitney Reynolds Show|
Whitney Reynolds (born April 3, 1986) is an American television talk show host, media personality, author, producer, and philanthropist. Reynolds is widely known for her talk show The Whitney Reynolds Show, a talk show dedicated to thought-provoking, tough topics. She founded, owns, hosts and Executive Produces the show which airs on PBS stations across the United States.
She also has a segment, titled Whitney’s Women, on iHeart Radio’s “The Weekly Show" that features women from the Chicago area who "Give Back." She took this concept to print as is in every issue of Chicago Woman Magazine. Reynolds’ work is always created with a mission to inspire her audience to provoke positive change. As a result, Reynolds has received multiple honors & awards and was recognized as a Humanitarian Honoree at the FAHF Awards and Female Leader of The Year at the "I'm Possible Conference" for the contributions her show gives to society. She also serves as a board member for Dress For Success.
Throughout her high school years she honed her interest in storytelling through anchoring her high school TV channel, hosting Baylor's half time radio update.
Reynolds went on to further her education at Baylor University to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Communications (2004–2007). Reynolds was engaged in numerous extracurricular activities at Baylor University such as Pi Beta Phi, PBP-Oklahoma Rush Leader, YMCA Camp Counselor, and Habitat for Humanity. Throughout her college years, she worked at Baylor Athletics as a Video Assistant and Bears Radio Announcer.
Early television career
Post graduation, Reynolds secured a one-year internship with the prestigious television show Good Morning America. Where she began to find her footing in the TV industry. Upon completion of the internship, at the age of 21, Reynolds worked as a reporter and producer at a KTEN Television, an NBC station right outside of Dallas, Texas.
Within three months, Reynolds became an anchor of their morning show. After just over a year at KTEN Television, she left and began her career at WREX where she would film, edit, and report news on a daily story.
Ultimately, she pursued hosting her own talk show.
The Whitney Reynolds Show
Reynolds always knew that she wanted to have her television show. As a child, she started interviewing her friends with a makeshift microphone in her living room. During her adolescence, her family's difficult personal journey gave her the desire to share delicate stories that must be told. At the age of 23, her childhood dream became her adult mission and her talk show was born.
Reynolds pursued her passion for people and mission for delicate issues in the talk show industry by establishing The Whitney Reynolds Show. The show discusses a single topic from multiple perspectives. Topics include but are not limited to military veterans, survived hardships, illnesses and stories of hope. Some notable guests to discuss relevant issues on the show include Chelsea Handler, Michael Phelps, Magic Johnson, & Temple Grandin.
Within the first year, the show captivated NBC, and Reynolds had the opportunity to move the show onto their station. In 2012, Reynolds moved The Whitney Reynolds Show to the PBS Network to broadcast in Chicago's Lakeshore PBS, The Quad Cities' WQPT and Peoria's WTVP.
As the success of the show kept building, in 2015, The Whitney Reynolds Show got nominated for its first Emmy in the category: Outstanding Interview and Discussion Special Programming. Whitney has the honor of presenting at the award ceremony.
In that same year, Lakeshore Public Television added The Whitney Reynolds Show to their network. Reynolds now could reach 3.5 million viewers across the Region.
The Whitney Reynolds Show has often been praised for its mass appeal as the show continues to expand on its markets and has stayed true to its mission. Reynolds new seasons can be seen on PBS and also her YouTube channel that is nearing its millionth view!
Season 9 of The Whitney Reynolds Show is set to premiere in Fall of 2018.
Reynolds is the founder and executive of the radio segment Whitney's Women which airs on "The Weekly Show" on 103.5 KISS FM, 95.5 BIG, 93.9 MYfm and iHeart Radio. She also has a column for Whitney's Women in Chicago Woman Magazine which features Chicago women that give back to the community.
In 2016, she took this concept to print and is available in every issue of Chicago Woman Magazine.
Due to the praise of Whitney's Women, Reynolds was recognized as a Humanitarian Honoree at the FAHF Awards for this segment.
Beyond the Interviews: A 52 Week Guide of Inspiration
Reynolds wrote a book, Beyond the Interviews: A 52 Week Guide of Inspiration, influenced by the most powerful interviews of the last eight seasons of The Whitney Reynolds Show.
According to Heiner, Reynolds was having trouble hooking up her computer cord to her computer, which Heiner with a background in software, decided to help. They met the day before Whitney pitched her show to PBS. The couple dated for less than six months and they were engaged.
On November 2, 2013, Reynolds and Heiner wed at the West Loop’s Soul City Church in Chicago, Illinois with the company of their family, friends, and their dog Puffy Doo-Little. The couple’s wedding was broadcast as a two hour special on I Do, Chicago Style a show on CANTV.
In 2016, Reynolds became pregnant with twins. Then in front of 250 gala guests and a live audience on Facebook, Reynolds, and Heiner held a gender reveal party and were stunned to find out that they were going to have a boy and a girl. A video of their reactions went viral and reached over 30,000 views. Months later, Reynolds and Heiner welcomed their children, Marlowe and Acher on July 29, 2016.
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