For more than three decades, her name, face, and distinctive voice have been known by audiences everywhere, thanks to her many award-winning works in television, radio, film, digital media, comedy, and her romance suspense novel, called, DESTINY LINGERS, which is endorsed by Dr. Maya Angelou. The National Book Club Conference awarded Rolonda with the Bebe Moore Campbell Award for Excellence in Storytelling. She has also received the Editor’s Choice Award, as well as the Rising Star Award for her book.
Most know her by one name, Rolonda, under which she launched her own internationally syndicated talk show (1994-1998), produced by King World Productions in association with her company, Watts Works Productions. Rolonda began her television career as a local CBS news reporter at WFMY-TV in Greensboro, North Carolina, before joining New Jersey Network, and WNBC-TV where she was nominated for an Emmy Award for her Excellence in Live TV News Coverage. She would later join the WABC Eyewitness News team in New York where she served as an investigative news reporter, Anchor, and host of the Eyewitness New Political Forum.
Ro later co-hosted Lifetime television’s talk show Attitudes before joining Inside Edition as weekend anchor, producer, and senior correspondent. Then TV mogul Roger King made Ro an offer she couldn’t refuse; her own internationally syndicated TV talk show, Rolonda, which you can still watch today on The Rolonda Watts Channel on YouTube!
Ro’s deep, rich, and raspy voice is one of the most recognized in the business, serving as the Announcer for Divorce Court (FOXTV) and Judge Joe Brown (CBS). In animation, Rolonda can be heard as Mary Sinclair in the new animated LEGO City Adventure series on Nickelodeon and as Mama Hitch in the newly launched Cannon Busters series on Netflix. She also stars with Tyler Perry in his first animated movie, Tyler Perry’s Medea’s Tough Love (Lionsgate) and voices the role of Professor Wiseman on Curious George (Universal) In video games, Rolonda is the voice of champion Illaoi in League of Legends.
In TV & movies, Rolonda has three movies currently in post-production. She enjoyed her recurring role on Criminal Minds (CBS) in which she plays FBI Forensic Pathologist, Dr. Melissa Meyers. Ro also stars in American Bred, Sister Code, House Party5:Tonight’s the Night (WB), Broken Roads, House Arrest, and A Mother’s Love, which won the highly coveted Five-Star Dove Award. Ro’s other movies include Second Chance Christmas, Christmas Mail, Soul Ties, and 25 Hill. She stars as Hollywood legend Dorothy Dandridge in Defying the Stars and Josephine Baker in Return to Babylon.
Ro is also a standup comedian, having recently headlined at Caroline’s on Broadway in NYC, and also a featured comedian at The Laugh Factory, The Comedy Store, The Ice House, Flapper’s Ha! Ha!, The Comedy Union, The J Spot and more.
A committed philanthropist with an honorary doctorate from Winston-Salem State University for her humanitarian works, Rolonda has served on the board of directors for Literacy Volunteers of New York City, the board of advisors for the Rahway State Prison’s Lifers Group, and the board of advisors for the United Negro College Fund. The Spelman College Alumna Association awarded Ro for her community service and contributions to the entertainment industry. The McDonald’s Corporation honored Ro as “a Broadcast legend.” Facebook & Business magazine calls her “the queen of all media.”
Rolonda holds degrees from Spelman College, where she was graduated magna cum laude. She holds a master’s degree in the Science of Journalism from Columbia University in NYC, where she served as president of Sigma Delta Chi, the Society of Professional Journalists. There are official “Rolonda Days” in New York City and Newark, New Jersey. Ro lives in New York City with her terrier, Langston (Hughes).
Check out Rolonda’s podcast at RolondaOnDemand.com on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, and more. Ro’s guests include Carol Burnett, Jane Fonda, Judge Greg Mathis, Dr. Maya Angelou, Jack Canfield, Judge Lynn Toler, and many more!
Rolonda has a career full of life’s challenges and in spite of it all she has always come out on top. She shares her real-life stories to challenge your audience to move through the barriers in their own lives – whether stepping out of their own boxes or recognizing their own weakness and doing something about it.
In addition to her busy television, media, and stage career. Rolonda is much sought after professional speaker at events such as the National Diversity Woman’s Leadership Business Conference, Girl Scouts of America, Independent/Integrated Physician Associations.
Editor’s Choice Award for her romance suspense novel, DESTINY LINGERS
Rolonda has helped NYC cops negotiate a hostage situation, was shot at in a helicopter by Hell’s Angels and was proposed to by James Brown, The Godfather of Soul LIVE on the ROLONDA! Show!
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