“In 2003 I spent 6 months visiting Detroit middle schools and talking to hundreds of teen girls about making positive life choices, believing in themselves, striving to be their best, becoming leaders and not followers in hopes of influencing teen girls to become the best they can be. Along the way I met a teen that asked me how she can do that when everyone around her tells her she won’t accomplish anything and won’t amount to anything better then the people around her in her family and inner city neighborhood. These were family members putting her down, discouraging her and lowering her self confidence and self esteem. I realized at that moment one speech can not change lives and that I needed to connect these kids with positive role models and reinforce my message over a longer period of time. I founded the Rhonda Walker Foundation “Girls into Women” program shortly after the day I spoke to that girl. I am proud to say 8 years later along with my committed board, volunteers, mentors and countless friends and professionals in this community that we have been a positive influence on many lives. We have groomed these teens over 5 years from 8th-12th grade and they have gone from shy to outgoing, from average performing to excelling, from fearful to fearless. They are role models themselves with dreams they know they have the tools to accomplishment. They each now walk with confidence. I am honored and committed for life to supporting and serving these inner city teen girls and thankful to be able to make a positive difference in their lives.”
For more information or to request public appearances or speaking engagements contact: Aamira Bussey Bellamy, 734.546.1476
Since 1998, Rhonda Walker has been helping Detroiters get motivated and ready for the day with her incredible energy, enthusiasm, impeccable style, and passion for her hometown. A confessed morning person, Rhonda starts her day at 2:00 a.m.
After beginning her broadcast career on WJBK-Fox 2 News Detroit, Rhonda joined the WDIV-Local 4 news team in 2003 as the weekday morning news anchor. In 2007, the talented and versatile journalist took a break from the morning news and held a dual position as evening co- anchor and health reporter. Before this assignment, Rhonda also held the position of noon news anchor at Local 4 and hosted and produced 4 Your Children, a dynamic and compelling segment focused on news important to both parents and children. Rhonda also provides daily newscasts on the Local 4 News website, www.clickondetroit.com. In addition to her regular in-studio duties, Rhonda annually hosts special programming events such Local 4’s broadcasts of America’s Thanksgiving Parade and the North American International Auto Show Charity Preview.
During her career, Rhonda has interviewed notable newsmakers and dignitaries including former President Bill Clinton, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, Michigan Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer, Sr., the Rev. Jesse Jackson, and former Detroit Public Schools Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb. In addition, Rhonda has interviewed an A-list of national and local celebrities including Anita Baker, Bill Cosby, Aretha Franklin, Stedman Graham, Alicia Keys, Holly Robinson Peete, Smokey Robinson, Blair Underwood, and Tiger Woods, just to name a few.
Throughout her life, Rhonda has been committed to serving the Detroit community. She is an active member of the Renaissance Chapter of the Links, Inc., a partner with Cornerstone Schools, a member of the Winning Futures Mentor Collaboration, on the Board of Trustees at Detroit Receiving Hospital and the founder and president of the Rhonda Walker Foundation, whose mission is to empower inner city teen girls toward becoming strong, confident, successful, and moral future leaders. Rhonda logs nearly 100 appearances a year as a motivational speaker, host, or volunteer with community projects. And she selflessly shares her time and enthusiasm in support of local charities and corporate outreach efforts.
Awards & Acknowledgements
Rhonda is frequently recognized for her outstanding contributions and service to the community:
In 2012, Rhonda has received the Wolverine Bar Association’s President’s Award for her dedication to community service through the Rhonda Walker Foundation, the Women of Distinction Award from The Historic Little Rock Baptist Church in Detroit, the Michigan Women’s Foundation 25th Anniversary Making A Difference Award, the Emerging Young Leader Award from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and the Great Expectations Award from the NAACP Detroit Branch. Rhonda has also received Ambassador Magazine’s Reader Choice Awards for Best TV Personality and Best Dressed Woman.
In 2011, Rhonda received Ambassador Magazine’s Red Seal Award for Best TV Anchor, The Metro Times Readers’ Choice Best Morning Show Personality Award, and the Women Who Lead Award from News/Talk WJR 760am.
In 2010, McDonald’s recognized Rhonda for her deep commitment to the community and for empowering teen girls through the Rhonda Walker Foundation. She also received the 2010 Community Service Award from the Ford Motor Company and Ford-Employees African-Ancestry Network, the Vanguard Award from the Detroit Young Professionals, the Rising Icon Award from Uptown Magazine, the Woman Of The Year Award from the YWCA of Western Wayne County, and the Best Female Anchor Award from the readers of Hour Detroit.
In 2009, Ambassador Magazine honored Rhonda with its prestigious Ambassador of the Year Award. She also received the Michigan Business and Professional Association’s Distinguished Leadership in Media Award.
In 2008, Rhonda received the Alternatives for Girls Role Model Award, the SCLC Broadcast TV/Media Award from the Michigan Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Michigan Chronicle’s Woman of Excellence Award, the Minerva Education and Development Foundation’s Women of Courage-Women of Change Award, and the Flame of Inspiration Award from Compuware’s African American Employee Resource Group.
In 2007, Rhonda received the Sparky Anderson CATCH Foundation’s Neal K. “Doc” Fenkell Excellence in Media Award, the Excellence in Mentoring Award from 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit, Inc., the Winning Futures Community Involvement Award, the Metro Detroit Mentor Collaboration Mentor of the Year Award, the Salvation Army Distinguished Service Award, the Detroit Fire Department Community Service Award, the National Association of Black Women’s Community Involvement Award, the Black Women Contracting Best Mentorship Award, the Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Legacy and Philanthropy Award, Life Directions’ Mary Ball Advocacy Media Award, the Franklin Wright Settlement Spirit of Giving Award, and the R.A.R.E. Foundation’s R.A.R.E. Award, which is given to everyday heroes who make a significant contribution in their field of work. Rhonda was also nominated for an Athena Award in 2007.
On a lighter note, Rhonda has been consistently recognized for her trendsetting fashion. Rhonda has the distinction of being the six-time, consecutive winner of Hour Detroit’s Best Dressed Female Award, having taken that honor for 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Rhonda’s style has also won her the 2011 Red Seal Award from Ambassador Magazine for Best Dressed Woman and the 2010 Best Dressed Local News Anchor Award from Real Detroit Weekly.
Rhonda Walker Foundation
Rhonda’s deep passion for inspiring children prompted her to establish the Rhonda Walker Foundation in 2003 to serve teen girls. The RWF supports inner-city teen girls from throughout the Detroit Public School System. As a testimony to her desire to help as many teen girls as she can, Rhonda is hands-on and involved in every aspect of the RWF. She also takes a personal interest in each of the girls in the RWF, whose mission is: to empower inner-city teen girls towards becoming strong, confident, successful and moral future leaders. For more information on the Foundation, and to learn how you can help positively affect the life of an inner city teen girl, please visit the RWF’s website, http://rhondawalkerfoundation.org.
Personal & Education
Rhonda is a native Detroiter and has lived in Michigan her entire life. She is a member of Hope United Methodist Church in Southfield and a proud graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications.
In her spare time, Rhonda loves to golf and enjoys traveling, shopping, and dining out with friends and family, especially during Michigan’s beautiful summers. She also loves sports and hometown teams like the Spartans, Lions, Pistons, and Tigers. Rhonda is frequently in attendance at collegiate and professional football, basketball, and baseball games.