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Eyewitness History

with Joshua Cohen

TV's First Female, Woman of Color Network Talk Show Host Talks Career, Late Night Wars, And More

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As a television personality, Cynthia launched her career with MTV Networks and became the face of sister channel VH1, hosting everything from LIVE events and awards shows, including the GRAMMYs, Billboard Music Awards, Emmy Awards, VMA’s, and Divas Live, to self-titled specials and multiple series and broadcasts centered around her unique hosting and interviewing skills. Notably, she significantly shaped & hosted VH1’s emergence onto the scene as a channel in its own right with shows of importance like ‘VH1’s Women First’ a series that profiled significant women in the music industry worldwide.

She went on to make history as host of LATER w/ Cynthia Garrett for NBC Network making her the first woman of color to ever host a network late night show! Up for Emmy consideration multiple times by NBC for her interviews with everyone from singers to actors to filmmakers and politicians, she has amassed a body of work, too large to mention in short form. Cynthia has been the face & personality for daytime talk-shows like SONY Studios popular women’s daytime panel LIFE & STYLE, primetime series such as the CW Network’s Crowned, HBO’s The Buzz featuring Cynthia Garrett, TV Guide’s Hollywood Insider, as well as major red carpet events like The Oscars for ABC Network. While hosting later and under contract to NBC, Cynthia also enjoyed much success sitting in with Regis Philbin on LIVE.

To find out more about Cynthia Garrett, please visit https://www.cynthiagarrett.org/
November 01, 2022
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Meet Your Host
Josh Cohen is a journalist and commentator living out of the Midwest.

He has written for a number of reputable publications.

His fascination with history is in the story of our existence and how it is told. Keeping the tradition of storytelling alive in Eyewitness History is what drives him.
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