Dr. Barbara A. Reynolds

Captivating audiences with a voice and a view

Dr. Reynolds is an ordained minister, veteran journalist, columnist who interviewed Presidents Reagan, Carter, and Clinton. She is co-author of the new memoir, Coretta Scott King: My Life, My Love, My Legacy. She’s also a 7-time author in her own right including Out of Hell & Living Well: Healing from the Inside Out and No! I Won’t Shut Up: 30 Years of Telling It Like It Is. She has written for many major magazines and newspapers including Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Playboy, Ebony, Essence, and USA Today where she was a columnist and editorial board member for 13 years.

She has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, C-Span, MSNBC, and hosted her own satellite radio show for almost a decade.

In her journey as a long-time activist for civil rights, women’s equality, and fighting against today’s challenge –gun violence, she has broken barriers as:

  • The 1st African-American woman on the USA Today Editorial Board.
  • One of the first African American women to be awarded a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.
  • Chaplain of the Week at Chautauqua Institution (U.S. Presidential Retreat).
  • Selected 2015 D.C. “Mother of the Year” by American Mothers for birthing new hope into women.
  • Honored by the National Press Club

She’s also received numerous civic, religious, and academic awards and accolades including the S.C.L.C. Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major for Justice Award, Leadership Washington; and the History Makers Award for Outstanding Leadership.

Dr. Reynolds is an esteemed educator who has molded many lives as former professor at Howard University’s School of Communications, led the Central State College Honors Program (2009), and served as scholar on residence at FAMU and Shenandoah University.

The Columbus, Ohio native holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, a Master’s degree in Religious Studies, and a Doctorate in Pastoral Counseling. Further, she serves on the board of advisors for major gun violence reform with Black Women for Positive Change and member, AARP Committee for Seniors.

Winning the world over with her “voice & view,” Dr. Barbara Reynolds motivates individuals across the country to find their voice and share their views, just as she has done over the years in her journalism career, media appearances, ministry, and speaking endeavors. She founded Harriet’s Ministry, a weekly healing conversation for women addicted to alcohol and drugs.

Dr. Barbara Reynolds is on a mission and leading a movement to energetically encourage all generations to find their “Second Wind” of enjoying life, moving beyond past mistakes, living with dignity, stepping forward powerfully through tragedy, and finding a strong voice and sharing a view.In her spare time, she can be found ever learning something new and exhibiting unending love.


To learn more about Dr. Reynolds for an upcoming event, panel, or preaching program, please review details at “Barbara Speaks.”