ATLANTA - Born in Suburban Detroit and raised in Sacramento, California, FOX 5 news anchor Cynne Simpson started in the broadcast news business 16 years ago.
From a young age, Simpson knew that she always wanted to become a journalist. Thanks to a few select role models, Simpson was able to pursue her dreams. “I started studying journalism in high school. In college, I secured my first paid position working at ABC News Nightline through a fellowship program. After graduating from Howard University with a BA in Broadcast News in 2000, I got my first on-air job as a reporter in South Bend, Indiana.”
The FOX 5 Social Media team spoke with Cynne about the importance of Black History Month.
FOX 5: Why is it important to you to recognize African American’s contributions to media and broadcast news?
CS: “Growing up, I didn’t see a lot of people who looked like me on television. It’s so important for television stations to reflect the diverse communities that they serve.”
FOX 5: What is the significance of Black History Month to you, as you work in a city that sits at the heart of the civil right movement?
CS: Living in Atlanta, I’m frequently reminded of the tremendous strides African-Americans have made over the last century. I’ve had the opportunity to interview some of the icons of the civil rights movement: John Lewis, Andrew Young, Joseph Lowery and Coretta Scott King. Their reflections on the struggles of their youth are sobering.
FOX 5: How does Black History (Month) play or have played a role in inspiring you to reach your goals?
CS: I’m inspired by my own family’s history. My grandparents didn’t have the opportunity to attend college or pick careers based on their personal passions. I’m tremendously blessed to do work that I love…and I don’t take that for granted. I often think about how my grandparents’ sacrifices paved a path for me.
FOX 5: Who is your inspiration and why?
CS: I’m inspired by so many of my predecessors in television. Billye Aaron, Xernona Clayton, Carole Simpson, Maureen Bunyan and Monica Pearson are among the many journalists who I’ve looked up to and learned from.
When Simpson is not working, she's usually spending time with family, volunteering in the community or traveling to remote parts of the world. She loves adventures involving rock climbing, paragliding, snorkeling or rappelling.