Cynthia Booker Barnes

Cynthia Booker Barnes

Cynthia is a two-time Emmy award-winning journalist with a passion for telling stories and mentoring youth.

Working with the National Youth Sports Program, (NYSP), Cynthia shares her media experience with students and inspires them to recognize their genius.

A wife and mother of two sons, Cynthia is a North Carolina native who developed a love for words growing up in church. She often recited speeches before large groups, which gave her the confidence to display her public speaking skills in school.

After graduating from college, Cynthia pursued her dream of becoming a television news anchor/reporter. She has worked in South Carolina, Mississippi, Buffalo, and in Cleveland (WOIO & WUAB TV) and Youngstown, Ohio (WKBN-TV).

Cynthia's reporting earned her two Emmys: one - for interviewing South Carolina mother Susan Smith, the night she caused the drowning of her sons in a lake; the second for her documentary on the AIDS crisis in Zimbabwe and South Africa. Cynthia traveled with a Cleveland group to the African continent to document the health crisis and to reveal the beauty of South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Cynthia writes articles to inspire and encourage parents, as the Cleveland Parenting Examiner for examiner.com. As the mother of two sons, there's ALWAYS a story idea.