On March 23, 2017 Cynthia Newsome visited the seniors at the Student Engagement Center to speak with them about journalism, broadcasting, and her non-profit organization. Newsome is the midday anchor for 41 Action News. She came to 41 Action News in January of 1997. She started her broadcast career in radio, but decided to try television when she realized her mom would not give her a break when it came to reaching her goals. Newsome’s mother was her inspiration. Newsome says, “She would not let me rest. She wanted me to grow.”
Shortly after she arrived at 41, she founded a non-profit mentoring coalition called “Awesome Ambitions” -- it serves middle and high school girls in the Kansas City metro area. This program helps them achieve success in terms of their health, education, and future careers. Senior Tedeja Dean stated, “I thought Mrs. Newsome was very inspirational; she was very well spoken, honest, and makes me want to take a journalism course at UMKC.”
In addition to her philanthropic responsibilities, Newsome is also an award winning journalist who loves what she does. She stated, “I like knowing what's going on. I get to be in and out of people’s lives. I plan on being there until I’m 65 years old!” Senior Mai Anh Le said, “Mrs. Newsome inspired me to step out of my comfort zone and to never fear change.”
For more information on Awesome Ambitions, please click on the link below.
(Story by Jae'Lyn Davis. Photo by Alexisia Ray)