What a mad, mad, mad journey the last decade has been for Rene Syler!
The TV personality knew she wanted a career in television. Unfortunately, Rene did not come to that realization until after she had spent thousands of dollars on a degree in psychology. She forged ahead and after reporter/anchor jobs in Reno, Birmingham and Dallas, she landed a plum assignment as one of the anchors of The Early Show on CBS. There she interviewed the likes of former First Lady Laura Bush, politicians, authors and actors like Senator John McCain, Antonio Banderas, Denzel Washington, Beyoncé and Will Smith, to name a few.
In 2006, Rene made a life-changing decision. As the daughter of two breast cancer survivors who had recently been diagnosed with her own breast disease, Rene decided to have a preventive mastectomy, a surgery that was profiled by Oprah Winfrey on her show. That experience also ignited Rene’s passion; now she travels the country as an ambassador for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, spreading the word about early detection and treatment of the disease. Rene was also awarded the prestigious Gracie Allen award for her television series on breast cancer.
But just as she had made the decision to have a mastectomy, Rene was fired from her high-profile TV job. After battling a significant depression, she began to rebuild her life and career. She started by assembling an online presence and community at www.goodenoughmother.com, born of the publication of her first book, Good Enough Mother: The Perfectly Imperfect Book of Parenting.
Rene continues with her television work as host of Sweet Retreats on the Live Well Network, Exhale on Magic Johnson’s Aspire as well as a sought after expert on The Today Show, The Bill Cunningham Show, CNN Headline News, The Doctors, the View and Wendy Williams, among others.
When not on the road preaching the gospel of imperfection, Rene spends time with her husband Buff Parham, her kids, Casey and Cole and their yellow lab, Olivia in their Westchester, New York home.