Rolonda Watts

Author, Speaker, Host of Rolonda

 

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 new book; a romance 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.

Most know her by one name, Rolonda, under which she launched her own internationally syndicated talk show (1994-1998), produced by her Watts Works and King World Productions. Rolonda began her television career as a local CBS news reporter at WFMY-TV in Greensboro, North Carolina, before joining New Jersey Network, WNBC-TV, and later WABC Eyewitness News in New York where she served as an investigative news reporter and anchor. Ro later co-hosted Lifetime television’s talk show Attitudes before joining Inside Edition as weekend anchor, producer, and senior correspondent. Then Roger King made Ro an offer she couldn’t refuse; her own internationally syndicated TV talk show, Rolonda.

Ro’s deep, rich, and raspy voice is one of the most recognized in the business, serving as announcer for Divorce Court (FOXTV) and Judge Joe Brown (CBS). In animation, Rolonda 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) She’s also the voice of champion Illaoi in the video game, League of Legends.

In movies, Rolonda 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.

In television, Rolonda just nabbed the pilot, BOOKED. Her extensive acting credits include recurring roles on In the Cut and Mann & Wife on BounceTV. Rolonda is also a standup comedian, having recently headlined at Caroline’s on Broadway in NYC, and is a regular at The Comedy Store and Flapper’s in LA.

A committed philanthropist with an honorary doctorate from Winston-Salem State University for her humanitarian works, Rolonda supports Our Children of Our Troops, her charity drive for military families. She 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 from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where she served as president of Sigma Delta Chi, the Society of Professional Journalists. Ro also holds an honorary doctorate from Winston-Salem State University. There are official “Rolonda Days” in New York City and Newark, New Jersey. Ro lives in Los Angeles, California.