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Jennifer Valoppi is a multi-Emmy Award winning journalist who has been recognized four times on the floor of the United States Congress and is a 2006 recipient of Floridamarker Governor Jeb Bush’s Points of Light Award, the highest honor in the state.

Her reputation as an influential community leader has made her not only an expert in media relations but a sought after public speaker and consultant, with a personal network that runs the gamut from the Dalai Lama to the late Frank Sinatra. She has recently completed a novel.

Television journalist

As a veteran news anchor in Miamimarker, New Yorkmarker and Los Angelesmarker, Jennifer has covered almost every major news event of the past 25 years and has hosted numerous network, nationally syndicated and cable programs as well as consulting on and appearing in films.

From 1994 to 2005, Jennifer was a lead anchor at NBC 6 WTVJmarker in Miamimarker, managing coverage of multiple hurricanes, the infamous United States presidential election, 2000, the Elián González Controversy, the Versace Murder, Olympics and Californiamarker's Northridge earthquake (Jennifer's first day on the air at WTVJ), reporting live from the devastated areas. Concerned about declining standards of ethics, she also took a leading role in driving the station's commitment to fair, accurate and balanced journalism.

She has consulted on film projects, including Up Close & Personal (1996), with Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert Redford, in which she also had a small part and her strong, working knowledge of the legal system as made covering court cases one of her specialties.

As a news anchor at New York’s superstation WWOR-TVmarker for 7 years, she led the station’s coverage of the Gulf War and the Space Shuttle Challenger Explosion, along with numerous news programs and specials.

Jennifer created, hosted and produced two of WWOR’s most successful entertainment specials – “Money, Power and Influence, I and II," nominated for "Best New Syndicated Program," and won two New York Emmy Awards for "Best On-Air Talent" and "Best Entertainment Special."

She conducted hundreds of celebrity interviews for the NBC network show "One on One" with John Tesh, hosted NBC Sports Specials, ABC's (American Broadcasting Company) "New York Street Stories," numerous shows for CNBCmarker, including "Real Personal," and the nationally syndicated "The Kennedy Assassinations," along with Robert Conrad. Her shows, the "Flavors of Italy" and the "Wines of Italy," remain in international syndication and were some of the longest running and most successful shows on the Travel Channel.

In addition, she hosted WWOR-TV's "News Nine In-Depth," guest-hosted "Nine Broadcast Plaza" with Matt Lauer, made appearances on "Everyday with Joan Lunden" and "The Dr. Ruth Show" and was a celebrity panelist on the remake of "To Tell the Truth."

From 1981 to 1984, Jennifer was an anchor and investigative reporter for NBC affiliate WPTVmarker in West Palm Beach, where she won the United Press International's Award for "Best Investigative Work," for the series "A Shot In The Dark," in which she helped free a man facing the electric chair. Her work led to new training and procedural changes in the Palm Beach County, Floridamarker Sheriff Department's SWAT Team.

Jennifer began her career as a weathercaster and science editor for WEYImarker, the CBS affiliate in Flint, Michiganmarker, in 1981 and was immediately named "Best Weathercaster".

Women of Tomorrow Mentor and Scholarship Program

As founder and president of the Women of Tomorrow Mentor and Scholarship Program, from 1997 to present, Jennifer directs the mentoring of thousands of at-risk young women in South Florida public high schools and has helped provide them with over one and half million dollars worth of college scholarships, in the only program of its kind in the country. Through Jennifer's leadership, the program has received national recognition and has been the focus of study by the Harvard Business School Community Partners Program. Jennifer was recently named as a South Florida Business Journal’s Heavy Hitter in Non-Profit.

Awards and recognitions

2007



2006

  • Governor Jeb Bush's Points of Light Award


2005

  • May 10, 2005 Recognized by the 108th United States Congress, First Session
  • Heavy Hitter in Non-Profit, South Florida Business Journal
  • Giraffe Award, Women’s Advocacy Group


2004



2003



2002



2001



2000

  • City of Miami Beach's "Distinguished Citizen Award"


1999



1998



1981-1997

  • New Time's "Best TV News Anchor" (1995 and 1996)
  • South Florida Magazine's "Best of South Florida" (1995)
  • American Cancer Society's "10 Best Dressed" (1995)
  • New York Emmy, "Best On-Air Talent; Money, Power & Influence" (1991)
  • New York Emmy, "Producer Best Entertainment Program; Money, Power & Influence" (1991)
  • American Committee on Italian Migration "Woman of the Year" (1990)
  • Auburn, New Yorkmarker "Key to the City" (1990)
  • Hudson County Columbus Association's "Christopher Columbus Award" (1990)
  • New Jersey General Assembly, "Honored" (1987)
  • United Press International's "Best Investigative Work; A Shot in the Dark" (1984)
  • GCEDC's "Best Weathercaster" (1981)


Education and background

In addition to an honorary Ph.D., Jennifer, a Detroitmarker native, studied in a Doctoral Program for Media Ecology at New York Universitymarker and was to attend Law School at Wayne State Universitymarker when she got into television. Jennifer graduated with a B.A. in psychology from Oakland Universitymarker in Michiganmarker. Jennifer is a native of Allen Park, MImarker, a Downriver community in Metro Detroit.

Radio interview with Jennifer Valoppi WSLR by Doug Miles


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