Read the latest from Whitney's blog. Her motto: "Love is a lifestyle. Love what you do and do what you love!" Find out how she manages work and life while running a talk show and being a newlywed.
It's always an honor to get to tell my story! Here's a snippet from the most recent Baylor Line Magazine. In this article I share my journey to the talk show seat. Enjoy!
For the full article- https://issuu.com/bayloralumniassociation/docs/spring_2017_baylor_line_final
Again it was incredible to share the journey to how we got to where we are! and YES college played a huge role in that. For the full article- https://issuu.com/bayloralumniassociation/docs/spring_2017_baylor_line_final
Trusting your kids with someone else is one of the hardest things I've had to do as a new mom. At around 7 months we decided to start our twins in daycare a few days a week. I bawled my eyes out the first day, however was SHOCKED when I picked them up. My son had learned to clap and my daughter was sitting at a tea party with other baby girls. It was the cutest thing I've ever witnessed. DAYCARE- is all about spending days, with people who care!
Since we started attending iLearn Center we have hit many more milestones, they are super social and their smiles continue to just get bigger and bigger. Plus they love walks with their fellow classmates.
Good news for you, iLearn is expanding and currently taking applications for their new location at 1801 W. Chicago Ave. Don't worry they will still have their Lincoln Park location but check out this new space-
For more info visit: www.ilearncenter.com
Cover Photo Credit: Simply By Suzy
SPECIAL: Syria, 1 Week Before The Chemical Attacks. Join us Monday night at 6:30, May 22nd on LAKE PBS for sit down interviews with Syrian natives. On the show our guests beg for help for their homeland. Little did we know when we taped this show, that just a few days later the chemical attack would happen.
Each interview gives you an inside look at how bad things were before the attacks. The question we asked on set was, Why isn't EVERY media outlet covering a genocide happening right now.
The picture above is just glimpse at the devastation happening in Syria. More must be done and we'll explain how you can get involved. See you Monday at 6:30.
Season 7 of The Whitney Reynolds Show is here. Tune in Monday's at 6:30 on Lakeshore Public Television for topics that creating positive change. Our topics this season include:
Make sure to tune in Monday's at 6:30 on LAKE PBS in Chicago for topics that our creating conversation and change. You can also TWEET LIVE with us @whitneyreynolds during the show.
They say you learn the most the first year you are born and I'd like to second that with, your first year as a mother. My journey to motherhood has a brought a whole new learning curve. Who would have thought I'd be talking about "poopies" with my husband or working so hard on the word, "momma." I've learned to accept my life is beautiful chaos and as any parent knows as you are raising kids... you must be up for change! After having the twins, it was evident it was time for an upgrade to drive around our growing family. SEE, CHANGE CAN BE A GOOD THING!
Luckily for us we found 2X THE SAFETY, 2X THE SIZE & 2X THE VALUE. The good news is TWINNING can be for you too!
From the beautiful interior leather, 3 row seating, to the safety navigation, this Mazda is total luxury! And the good news is, it doesn't break the bank or the kids future college funds.
Just like I like to drive an amazing interview, I like to drive an excellent car. I AM A MAZDA MOM.
Twinning can be for you too! Join me on this journey, visit www.mazdaofchicagoland.com
Whitney Reynolds and Chicago Woman Magazine Form Partnership
The Collaboration will Feature Exemplary Women
(Chicago, IL) - Whitney Reynolds, Host and Executive Producer of the Whitney Reynolds Show on PBS, and Kendra Chaplin, Publisher of Chicago Woman Magazine have formed a collaborative partnership.
In each issue of Chicago Woman Magazine, Whitney will be featuring an exemplary Chicago woman making their mark in this world by creating change and helping others. The goal is to enhance the image of both brands and increase visibility of their shared purpose in being voices for professional, savvy and inspirational women.
The first article will be in the March 2017 issue coming soon. In addition, Whitney will be on the magazine’s exclusive ambassador board. "Chicago Woman Magazine is dedicated to bringing forth the voices of local women and now, Whitney is bringing her signature interview style to our readers by telling the stories of real chicago women who are making an impact on our community, the city and beyond as well. We are so excited to see what stories unfold this year!” - Kendra Chaplin
Chicago Woman Magazine (formerly FW: Chicago) launched with the premise of being the source for Chicago’s women providing strong stories of powerful women, shared interests, and sound advice on topics that affect women every day. The bi-monthly print and digital editions include a robust website, calendar of events and newsletters. Founder and Publisher, Kendra Chaplin, comes from an impressive background with 15 years of publishing experience. The success of the magazine is continuing to grow. To learn more and view stories, visit http://chicago-woman.com.
Whitney is excited to add print to her reach. The new season of The Whitney Reynolds Show comes out April 10th on LAKE PBS and will hit WQPT, The Quad Cities the following month. She also contributes regularly on iHeart Radio. She’s been featured in CS, Make it Better, The Every Girl, Splash, and TCW, to name a few. To learn more, please visit http://whitneyreynolds.com. Follow on Twitter and Instagram @WhitneyReynolds and visit the Whitney Reynolds Show Page on Facebook.
Our spring series is almost here and this season is powerful. Take a look at our upcoming topics:
- CONFRONTING WELLNESS
- SPECIAL OLYMPICS
- THE POWER OF INFLUENCE
- WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS
- AMERICAN MADE
- CAMPUS RAPE
We start our new Chicago season on LAKE PBS Monday April 10th at 6:30 PM and it will hit WQPT- The Quad Cities shortly after. The shows above are stacked with amazing interviews and brave guests offering their stories to help us understand the topic deeper. For more info on these shows, check back here weekly with a breakdown on celebrity guests, topics and a more thorough look at each interview.
Get ready Pittsburgh, The Whitney Reynolds Show is headed your way. Coming this Spring select episodes of our show will be airing on PCTV. Below is a Pittsburgh native that came on the show to talk about being kidnapped by an online predator. Watch her powerful story:
We currently air on LAKE PBS in Chicagoland and Indiana, WQPT in The Quad Cities and NOW on PCTV in Pittsburgh. If you are outside of these areas, we hope to be in your market soon. Thanks for the continued support and it is with great joy to gain new viewers from The Steeler Nation. See you soon with our new season coming- APRIL 10TH!
Watch Thursday nights at 7:30 on WQPT in The Quad Cities for our latest season of The Whitney Reynolds Show.
We are currently in production for our 2017 series that hits Chicagoland in April. Follow us on TWITTER for the latest updates.
Happy Holidays from my home to yours! In the small town of Durant, Oklahoma where I grew up, they do a yearly holiday event called "The Parade Of Homes." It's where people open up their houses to neighbors for a look inside. This year I thought it would be fun to open our doors to you. After all, you welcome me in your home each week with our show, so why not do the same. We've added some additions to the house (even twins) this year and it will be exciting to show you around. Welcome to the The Heiner Home!
So many hours and so much love has gone into our house this year. The pictures above are all of the major projects we conquered in 2016! For more on all these renovation check out our show's PINTEREST PAGE.
Last but not least, I must leave you with my favorite additions of all:
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! And may 2017 be the best year yet!
XOXO - Whitney
It's that time of year again... where I share my top gifts of 2016. This year I have been introduced to so many more products because of our twins, so naturally we had to add a baby section! Welcome to Whitney's Wish List!
My style really depends on the day... When I'm in studio, the look is down to business and at home it's something that you can easily rub milk stains out of (LOL). My favorite go to dress company is Teri Jon. They dress me in the studio and their looks truly are one of a kind. These dresses can easily transform from day to night with a simple change in shoes, shawl or accessories.
Welcome to my studio. When folks watch my show, I want it to be a discussion that people would like to join. I want our viewers and guests to feel right at home. With that being said, the look of my studio had to be professional and welcoming. We chose Modern Classics Furniture for our new set design in our spring 2017 season. When it comes to style and feel they are my choice. PS- free shipping for order over $2,500!
THE COMPLETE LOOK-
Now time it's time for one of my favorite sections because the businesses below are all woman owned and have supported my show for years. GLOW GIRL GLOW- Celebrity Skin is offering 25% off all services this month. They spray tan me each week for the show and give me that constant vacation glow. Next up is EGA Salon & Spa for nails. You can't beat a $23.00 peppermint pedicure and a $26.00 no chip manicure. Visit them at 3009 Halsted in Chicago.
We had to create a baby section this year for our new twins. My go to skin product, is the Leah Chavie Baby Line! She has safe products for babies that will leave you worry free and the babies smelling great. She's offering 20% off the baby kit of 4 products (shampoo wash, lotion, body oil, bottom balm).
This year I am so excited to top my wish list with VOLVO! When we found out we were pregnant we immediately thought of "safety" when we started searching for the perfect family vehicle. After a ton of research and a lot of test drives we landed at Volvo Oak Park. WE LOVE our V60 and are so excited to share this special with you. They are offering"We Make Your First 3 Payments" (excludes xc90 & s90). If you buy or lease a Volvo now thru February 2017, your first 3 payments are free. (See our special announcement with Volvo and our twins below).
We hope our Wish List is a great guide for amazing gifts this holidays season. It's so easy to get caught in the holiday hustle & forget to truly enjoy this special time. Remember the best gift to give is love!
As we finish up our 2016 fall season, we are ending with a topic that EVERYONE watching is impacted by in some capacity. We are talking mental health.
With about 57.7 million people aged 18 and over suffering from a mental disorder each year in the United States alone, this health issue is one to take very serious. When you think of health we tend to go straight to our physical health however, as we learn it's vital to prioritize our mental health too. With numbers on the rise it's crucial that people receive the help they need. This week on The Whitney Reynolds Show we explore some of the options that are available out there and hear from real people opening up about the hope they've found.
Dr. Scott Langenecker, is the Director of Cognitive Neuroscience and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research focuses on mood disorders across one's lifespan. Specifically, he is involved in studies to understand the abnormalities observed in depression and bipolar disorder. His research has resulted in translational neuropsychological measures that can be administered in clinical settings. He talks about how he offers assistance in treatment, educational, and occupational plans to the adolescent and their families.
Next we talk with Mike Bushman, author of Suicide Escape, a memoir exploring teen depression. Mike also mentors at 360 Youth Services and volunteers for mental health groups. Hear what he has to say about mental illness and the role he plays in prevention and treatment.
We also speak with Miriam Ament, Executive Director of No Shame on U, a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating the stigma associated with mental health. After suffering from depression herself and encountering stigma and isolation from many friends and family members, Miriam founded this organization.
Veterans have served our country and now it is time to offer them our support. Hear Veteran Justin Orick speak of his challenges with mental illness upon returning from war and how he has learned to adjust to life back home. Many veterans face the same problem as Justin and it is substantial that they or anyone who knows a veteran hear his story.
A big THANKS to our guests for trusting us with their stories this season. To recap these shows visit www.whitneyreynolds.com and be sure to tune in tonight, November 21st at 6:30 on Lakeshore Public Television for Mental Health.
SPONSORS THIS SEASON- Volvo, Volvo Oak Park, American Foundation For Suicide Prevention, Respiratory Health Association, Pearls Southern Comfort, Whiting Law Group & Modern Classics Furniture. THANK YOU for supporting women in business!
More than 3.5 million people experience a state of homelessness each year in the United States. With 35% of this population being families with children, and 23% U.S. military veterans, help must be given. This week we explore an organization and the relief they are bringing to the homeless.
This week we meet a husband and wife team that found a personal connection to helping the homeless population. They walk us through what started an organization that is now helping thousands across Chicagoland.
Here's a little history on their organization- A Safe Haven is a nationally recognized social business enterprise model that partners with non-for profit and for profit entities to provide a community-based, integrated, continuum of care and housing for individuals and families in financial crisis, homeless and drug/alcohol impacted populations. Founded in 1995, A Safe Haven provides services to over 5,000 individuals annually and over 70,000 people to date. This organization provides supportive housing, treatment, job training, job placement, access to healthcare, independent living and affordable housing throughout the Chicagoland area. Today, ASH has expanded into the development of affordable housing to meet the needs of those completing programs particularly women with children and Veterans. The “A Safe Haven Model” is proven to be a reliable leader in the fields of addiction, recovery management, homeless services, job training and placement and has earned high marks for attention to providing quality programs, stable delivery systems and coordinated community based outreach and programming. The A Safe Haven Model focuses on changing chronic homeless, incarceration and/or addictive lifestyle behavior and establishing self-sufficiency and independence for ASH residents in a sustainable manner.
Be sure to tune in Monday, November 14th at 6:30 on Lakeshore Public Television to see how this organization is helping Chicago, one person at time.
It’s not all about tiaras in the pageant world and this week we explore a side of the title holders you don’t always see, the women & their platforms. We sit down with several past and present pageant winners and hear how they are using their status to help others. From autism awareness to anti-bullying, we take a look at these women and the mission they're on.
Ironic timing for this show to air, because this weekend The Whitney Reynolds Show is being recognized at the FAHF Awards as a Humanitarian Honoree. This award is being given to us for the work we do with the show and helping our community through the topics we pick. I always said that if I had the chance to follow my dreams and become a talk show host, we would use this platform to create positive change!
Just like the guests from this week's show, we all have landed in a special place & have a unique way we can help others. I hope this episode motivates you can dig deep and identify the platform you've been given. Watch as our guests explain how we can go about helping others with the voice we have! I'll see you tonight at 6:30 on Lakeshore PBS.
Ironic timing for this show to come out because over the weekend, The Whitney Reynolds Show is being reconized a
We first talk with the Executive Director of the Illinois International Pageants, Beverly Turkowski. Her titles include Mrs. Illinois International 2005 and the “Supermodel with Style Award” just to name a few. She values education and spends her time helping young girls and women on their path to achieving their dreams.
This week we meet several pageant goers including Mrs. Illinois 2016, Nicole Zwiercan. She explains winning her title has helped her spread her message of anti-bullying.
We also sit down with Miss Teen America winner Lindsey Pearlman and Miss Illinois International winner Jessica Kumpula to discuss their success and accomplishments in their recent pageants. These girls proudly represent Illinois and without their hard work it would not have been possible. Be sure to tune in Monday, November 7th at 6:30 on Lakeshore Public Television.
You don't need X-ray vision or a cape to be a superhero. This week on The Whitney Reynolds Show we salute everyday heroes and discuss their life saving acts.
We first meet James Vernon from Morton, Illinois who saved a group of children from an attacking knife-wielding assailant. James managed to rescue sixteen children visiting the Morton Public Library on October 13, 2015. A man armed with two large knives burst into the room, threatening to kill the children. James, an Army Veteran fought back and subdued the attacker with his bare hands. He explains how his quick thinking helped avoid what could have been a tragedy.
We then talk with Eric T. Washington who raised over $17,000 in an effort to bring the residents of Flint, Michigan clean water. High levels of lead had previously been found in their drinking water, making it impossible to cook, drink, or bathe with. Through a GoFundMe page, Eric raised awareness and abundant funds for this community but, he didn't stop there. After the success from his fundraising, he took six semi trucks filled with water to Flint. He tells us how his job as a firefighter helped fuel the mission to help the people of Flint.
Our next hero is- Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis, a first grade teacher who saved her entire class during the devastating attack that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School. While the massacre was occurring on the other side of her classroom wall, Kaitlin piled her students into a single occupancy bathroom. Despite the unimaginably painful experiences she endured, she has chosen to share her experience with others, in hope that that they too can find light in dark moments.
Doctors are who we run to when we are injured or sick but that was not the case when Dr. Justin Levisay. He happened to be in the right place at the right time. Being a doctor from Evanston Hospital who specializes in cardiology, Dr. Levisay knew exactly what to do when a nearby restaurant goer had a heart attack. He was quick to assist the victim and managed to save her life. Just wait until you here this story!
Last but not least we have a cancer survivor who is blazing the trail for patients that go after her. Amy Lyons opens up about the type of cancer she has and how her journey is helping other patients. You will be in awe of her fight for herself and others.
We owe it to our everyday heroes who are brave enough to intervene in life threatening situations. The courage these guests have is amazing & must be shared! Be sure to tune in Monday, October 31st at 6:30 PM on Lakeshore Public Television to hear these amazing stories.
How many music prodigies, acrobatic tumblers or human suction cups do you know? This week on the Whitney Reynolds Show we are highlighting special and unique talents.
We meet Chris Errera, a musician, composer and motivational speaker who defies his rare growth disorder known as diastrophic dysplasia. Since learning piano at the age of 3 Chris has studied under Grammy nominee Robert Ian Winston, and even performed at the 2000 Sydney Olympics with the band Sine. Learn how Chris helps families and their children born with disabilities and how he defies every challenge thrown his way.
We also have Secretary of State, Jesse White and The Jesse White Tumblers. A staple to Chicago culture, founded in 1959, these tumbling acrobats are known for their frequent half-time performances for the NBA, NFL and MLB. Created by Jesse White, the team now involves over 10,000 children aged 6 and up.
Then we learn about Handicap This, the dynamic duo who motivates and inspires audiences, while raising awareness about people living with a physical disability. Started by Mark Berkson and Tim Wambach they created "The Keep On Keeping On Foundation" to help families meet the costs of living with a child with cerebral palsy. Suffering from the disability him-self, Mark Berkson understands the limitations it has on his life, but that has not stopped him from helping others. Their two-man show “Handicap This!” premiered in 2010, and Mark and Tim have been telling their story nationwide ever since.
Last but not least we have Jamie Keeton, who found his unique talent by accident. He is on the show to explain how a chain of unbelievable events has now led to his full-time career. He's known as "Can Head" and you won't believe his talent.
This week's show is an inspiration for anyone looking to follow their dreams. Our amazing guests are showing the world that there is no limitations when it comes to talent. Be sure to tune in October 24th at 6:30 on Lakeshore Public Television.
Season 6 of The Whitney Reynolds Show kicks off in Chicago Monday October 17th at 6:30 PM on Lakeshore PBS. This season we start with an extremely powerful show on Domestic Violence. Did you know that a woman is assaulted or beaten every 9 seconds in the United States? Domestic violence is rampant and the affects it has on individuals are long lasting. The guests on this show are brave and want people to know they are not alone.
We first meet Karli Butler, a domestic violence survivor who was beat, kidnapped and even doused in acid. This, a tragedy that should have killed her, somehow left her with a surprising new appreciation for life. Her remarkable story is guaranteed to make you reconsider the way you value existence.
People being abused often feel alone, like there is no way out. Organizations like the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago offer victims and their families support to ensure long-term success. On the show, CEO of the program, Dorri McWhorter explains the different ways that people in these type of situations can get out. It is crucial that victims know they have options and that there are steps to take to leave their situation. She explains, one of the reasons most people cannot leave abusive relationships is often due to financial issues. The purple purse challenge provides women with the economic needs they require to leave abusive relationships. By donating you can raise awareness to this issue, while offering victims the services they need.
With it being "Domestic Violence Awareness" month, the importance of this message is substantial. Domestic violence is happening all around us and a social awareness can lead victims to the aid they require. Be sure to tune in October 17th at 6:30 on Lakeshore Public Television for this show.
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