Cynthia Newsome, midday anchor for “41 Action News” on KSHB-TV and founder of a mentoring program for young people, will be the featured speaker at Metropolitan Community College’s 2016 commencement ceremony.
MCC’s commencement for graduates from all five campuses will be held Thursday, May 12, at Municipal Auditorium downtown.
“Graduation is a glorious time, and I’m both humbled and so happy to have a part in this celebration,” Newsome says. “I can’t wait to see the grads and their families and friends.”
Newsome, who reports for KSHB’s early evening newscasts in addition to anchoring the 11 a.m. news, has worked at the station since 1997. That’s also the year she founded Awesome Ambitions, a mentoring program for high school girls in Kansas City Public Schools. The organization’s goal is to inspire students to set and achieve positive goals for their health, education and future careers.
Newsome is a cancer survivor. In June 2011, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She says beating the disease took eight chemotherapy treatments, 33 radiation treatments, a lumpectomy, many prayers and the loving support of husband Ed Newsome, family, friends, co-workers, viewers and church members.
She and Ed, a former Kansas City school board president, started a foundation called Share the Love 33. Its sole purpose is breast cancer awareness. In 2014, the couple took their program to refugee camps in northern Ethiopia. They also shared their message in Nairobi, Kenya.
Newsome was inducted in 2012 into the Silver Circle of the Mid-America National Association of Television Arts and Sciences for excellence in broadcasting and community service. In 2008, her stories on radon awareness and lung cancer captured first place in the American Cancer Society High Plains Division’s media awards for community awareness. The Kansas Association of Broadcasters awarded her third place for in-depth reporting for her 2007 investigation exposing mold at Central High School.
She came to Kansas City after working for 13 years in television and radio in Oklahoma City. She covered the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building there. Her stories on the lives of victims of that disaster are shown at the memorial and museum in Oklahoma City.
Newsome says her favorite things about Kansas City are the great music, the great food and, most of all, the great people.