DETROIT (WWJ) – Rhonda Walker is living out her professional dream as morning co-anchor at a local news affiliate. At the same time Walker says she is serving her God-given purpose as a mentor to teenage girls in Detroit through the Rhonda Walker Foundation.

She said she realized that purpose one day after talking with girls at a school in the city.

“When I walked out of that school there was just this energy,” said Walker. “The sky was blue, it was a February day in 2003 and it was like God was speaking to me, as clear as day, and said ‘Rhonda, this is what I want you to do with your life.”

Walker’s inspiration for her charitable efforts is her parents Dr. Ronald and Harriet Gillum, who have been married for 50 years.

“And they are truly my biggest inspiration, not only from the focus they put on education but the focus they put on giving back to the community and helping others. The focus they put on family values, everything you would expect a parent to be is what my parents gave me in my upbringing,” she added.

She says she tries to live every day to make her parents proud.

WWJ Newsradio 950 celebrates Black History Month by recognizing our local young African American professionals and their heroes. You can listen to these on WWJ at 6:20 a.m., 10:40 a.m., 3:40 p.m., 7:40 p.m.


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