Rene Syler knew she wanted a career in television and soon she was the morning anchor on The Early Show on CBS. Rene first hit the national spotlight as anchor of CBS’s The Early Show before leaving the TV news world behind in 2006 to spread the message of perfect imperfection. It was around this time that Rene published the book Good Enough Mother and also hit the national headlines after undergoing a preventive double mastectomy (breast cancer is a cause for which Rene remains a tireless campaigner). During her tenure on CBS, she interviewed former First Lady Laura Bush, both in studio and at The White House. She spoke with politicians such as Senator John McCain, Senator John Kerry, and countless authors, Jeffrey Deaver and Walter Mosely, among her many favorites. In her four years at The Early Show, she delved into the lives of Russell Crowe, J. Lo, Tom Selleck, Antonio Banderas, Denzel Washington, Beyonce and Will Smith to name a few. She danced with American Idol winner Fantasia, even giving her the blue shoes off her own feet after Fantasia complimented her on them! Alas she was not particularly adept at the cooking segments, which will come as no surprise to those who know her.
In March 2007, Rene’s first book Good Enough Mother: The Perfectly Imperfect Book of Parenting was published by Simon Spotlight Entertainment. From that her website, www.goodenoughmother.com was born.
Rene continues with her television work, as a sought after commentator for CNN Headline News, The Joy Behar Show, Nate Berkus, The Doctors, Wendy Williams, Mo’Nique and the Today show among others. In 2009, she anchored BET’s Inauguration coverage, which garnered an NAACP image award for Outstanding News/Information coverage. Later that year she was tapped by FOX to shoot a medical reality show and then in the fall, was chosen as one of the panelists for a Warner Brothers talk show focusing on motherhood issues, alongside fellow co-hosts Paula Deen and Kate Gosselin.
Here “The King Of Kamelot” chats #InTheLab with the hilarious and electric Rene Syler about her fun show on Live Well Network called “Sweet Retreats”, transitioning from television to building her own brand and empire, her upcoming television projects, and so much more!
Here is Rene on HuffPost Live right after joining me #InTheLab: