Newswoman Barbara Rodgers Makes Her Mark in Bay Area Media

Barbara Rodgers

Barbara Rodgers

Barbara Rodgers went to work for Comcast in May of 2010, and as one of the hosts of Comcast Newsmakers, she interviews politicians, community leaders and representatives of Bay Area non-profit organizations.

She is also on “The Bronze Report” (formerly named “The Bounce Report”), for which she won her eighth Emmy Award in 2013. Before Comcast and Bounce, Rodgers was one of the most recognizable newscasters on CBS 5 Eyewitness News for nearly 30 years. She started in 1979 and quickly became a popular, award-winning anchor, reporter and show host.

Before leaving CBS 5 in 2008, she co-anchored the Eyewitness News at Noon and hosted Bay Sunday, a weekly public affairs program where she interviewed dozens of newsmakers, community leaders and celebrities, including Spike Lee, Terry McMillan, Delroy Lindo, B. D. Wong, Naomi Judd, Deepak Chopra and Jamie Foxx.

Rogers also reported for the Jefferson Awards, given each week to people who have done outstanding public service.

Rogers has a lasting reputation as co-anchor of CBS 5’s weekend newscasts with the late Doug Murphy from 1987 to 2000. In 2009, she aired her voice on radio as host of her own show, “Live from San Francisco It’s Barbara Rodgers, on KKGN in San Francisco.”

In 1992, the San Francisco Chapter of the League of Women Voters chose Rogers as one of its “Women Who Could Be President.” In 2004, she received the “Pioneer Award” from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, and the Governor’s Award from National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Rodgers numerous honors include a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Northern California Radio-Television News Directors Association (2008), the Frederick D. Patterson Outstanding Individual Award from the United Negro College Fund (2008) and others.

She won the national Unity Award from the Radio and Television News Directors Association for reporting in the series “Muslims in America,” which examined cultural, civil rights and religious issues involving American Muslims in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Knoxville College in Tennessee. In 2010, Knoxville inducted Rogers into their Robert H. Harvey Alumni Hall of Fame.

She co-founded and a member of the Bay Area Black Journalists Association and served on the World Affairs Council of Northern California, the Society of Professional Journalists, and Walden House, a non-profit health and human services program specializing in substance abuse treatment for people of all ages.

She one of the founders of Friends of Faith, which raises funds to help low income women diagnosed with breast cancer. She was elected as the organization’s president and began her two-year term in January 2013.

 

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