Top 25 Women of Atlanta: Shirley Strawberry

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Shirley Strawberry


Steve Harvey Morning Show

Shirley Strawberry is one of the most famous women in radio today. For more than a decade, she has served as the co-host on the nationally syndicated “Steve Harvey Morning Show” and is the beloved voice behind the Strawberry Letter, a segment dedicated to giving honest advice to listeners who have mailed in letters concerning relationship issues. Eight million fans tune in daily to soak up some of Strawberry’s wisdom.

“Being in the will of God and being a positive role model for my daughter motivates me. The ability to reach millions daily directly and indirectly inspires me to inspire them,” she says.

The Chicago native began her career as a radio jock in the mid-’80s at Chicago’s WCGI-FM as the co-host of the “Doug Banks Show.” By the early ‘90s, with her dreams set on working in Hollywood, she quickly landed a job in Los Angeles at 92.3 The Beat, KKBT-FM. Strawberry de-veloped a huge fan base and others began to notice. In 2000, radio mogul Cathy Hughes of Radio One took over the station. Under the new ownership, she was offered several major deals, but Strawberry had her mind made up and accepted the job as Steve Harvey’s co-host.

Strawberry’s success on the “Steve Harvey Morning-Show” has garnered numerous awards, including Ra-dio Ink’s Top 100 most infl uential personalities for three consecutive years, and an NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Literary Work-Debut Author” in 2012 for her groundbreaking book, The Strawberry Letter: Real Talk, Real Advice, Because Bitterness Isn’t Sexy, based on the letters sent in to the show.

Strawberry affi rms that the keys to a woman’s success — and her own — are maintaining integrity, persever-ance, having the ability to work well with others, and most importantly, faith in God.

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