In Lansing, Michigan, Roslyn Maria Abrams was born on September 7, 1948. Her friend and family remembered her with the nickname, Roz. A journalist by occupation, Abram is an American. She’s a Westchester County, New York, native. She is a widow of Kenneth Showers, together the couple was blessed with two daughters, Denise and Melissa, and later four grandchildren.
Roz Abrams Education Details
She got a B.S. in sociology from Western Michigan University degree, and her M.S. was from the University of Michigan in speech. Later Abrams was awarded an honorary doctorate on the topic of Human Letters from the New York Institute of technology.
Roz Abrams Career Details
In 1975, she was recruited by WJIM – the commercial radio station of Lansing Michigan. She worked there as an anchor and reporter for three years till she was promoted to work as a TV news reporter at WXIA. Soon CNN saw the potential of this amazing newscaster and hired her in 1982 for their Atlanta base. From here several television channels approached Abrams and she worked with KRON TV (1983-86) and WABC TV from San Francisco to New York City.
She worked in a variety of newscaster roles, started as a weekend anchor then moved to general assignment reporter, and later as co-anchor of Eyewitness News.
As a woman of color, she was one of the pioneer female journalists to join WABC-TV. At that time she was also the only other African American woman in the New York City television market. While working there she didn’t miss any chance to give her best, Abrams covered a variety of big stories and incidents, including the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks; the 2003 blackout; the culmination of South Africa’s apartheid regime; and the nuclear tragedy at Chernobyl. In 2003, she left WABC-TV, later in 2004, she was recruited as the joint host of CBS2 News by New York City’s WCBS-TV. In 2006, Abrams quit WCBS-TV. Four years later Abrams withdrew from the news reporting world after working tirelessly for 35 long years and resigned as a journalist in 2010.
Besides news reporting, she also made several guest appearances, in Steven Spielberg’s film War of the Worlds she portrayed as herself for a scene later, she was again invited as a guest appearance in Pride and Glory in 2008.
Abrams was the first Vice President of the Atlanta Press Club to be of African American ethnicity. She worked as an administrator in the advisory team for “Making Waves,” which was an American Women on Radio and Television magazine published four times a year. Abrams served on the board of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, where she also sponsored a scholarship for students in need. She was a member of the board of the New York City Police Athletic League and Women in Film. She co-founded the New York Reads Together and CAUSE-NY.
For the special “The Sounds of Harlem,” Abrams won the prestigious New York Association of Black Journalists Award. She didn’t stop here; her hard work and commendable skills made her bag several recognition awards like the Ed Bradley Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. Previously in 2004, she was awarded an Emmy while she captured a Gracie Award a year later.
The Friars Club has given her the title of “News Legend”. The prestigious Elinor Guggenheim Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York Women’s Agenda was presented to Abrams in a graceful ceremony in 2013.
Roslyn Abrams loved the quote ‘It takes a giant to bend’. In an interview, she declared her favorite food as ‘Steak, Chicken, Hamburgers, and French Fries’ while scarlet was deemed as her color of choice.