Janice Edwards is an award winning talk show host and producer, media coach, published author and an acclaimed contributor to community empowerment through her media work. She is the host and executive producer of “Bay Area Vista” airing on ION-TV Thursday mornings at 6:00am in both the Bay Area and Sacramento on CreaTV Sundays at 4:00pm. “Bay Area Vista” is produced through her production company Edwards Unlimited. The show features community leaders, celebrities, non-profit organizations and issues of interest. Janice is also host and co-executive producer of the show that she named, “Signature Silicon Valley”, which airs Tuesdays at 7:00pm on CreaTV’s Silicon Valley Channel.

Recent recognition includes 2011 CreaTiVe Best Series Producer award presented by Steve “The Woz” Wozniak and Joe O’Kane, 2010 Emmy nomination, 2011 and 2010 nominations for Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, 2010 NAACP W.E. Dubois Award, 2010 Community Service Award from the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority of Silicon Valley, a 2010 Nomination for Woman Entreprenuer of the Year, and the American Heart Association’s 2009 Western Regional Communications Award.

For eight years, Janice served as Community Relations Director and Executive Producer & Host of “Bay Area Vista” at NBC BAY AREA, where she launched the show. “Bay Area Vista” received the American Women in Radio and Television’s 2007 Kudo award for best public affairs show and Janice also received a Kudo; she was voted best host of a non-news Program by AWRT.

Janice has worked a special projects producer and writer at KPIX-TV, an update anchor/writer/producer and reporter/photographer/editor at KRON-TV, and host and contributing producer of “Black Renaissance”. Her notable interviews span a variety and include Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Rachel Maddow, Deepak Chopra, Robert Redford, John Travolta, Jerry Seinfeld, Gloria Steinem, Robin Williams, Andre 3000, Les Brown, Dr. Cornel West and the WWF’s John Cena. Janice is a published co-author of the book “Quality Angles” featuring interviews with Kevin Costner, Robert Townsend, veteran news anchor Evan White, and Lloyd Richards.

Janice’s career in broadcasting began in Atlanta, Georgia, as co-host of a teen radio talk show. She continued to work in radio and to write for Spanish and English newspapers as an undergraduate at Harvard University and a graduate student at UC Berkeley School of Journalism. Before graduating cum laude from Harvard, she studied in Spain.

Her additional awards include the 2008 Woman of Excellence for Advocacy (Woman of the Year Award) by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Silicon Valley chapter, the Caring Through Communication award from the American Cancer Society and the Bronze award from Junior Achievement. Additionally, she has received recognition from NAWBO, the National Association of Women Business Owners –Silicon Valley, Healthy Silicon Valley, and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. In 2006, Janice was recognized as one of 101 Women Making A Difference in Our Community. 100 Black Men of Silicon Valley, 100 Black Men of the Bay Area, and the Bay Area Black Media Coalition have also honored Janice for her work. Janice is a member of the Board of Governors for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) and a founding board member of Friends of Faith, which provides stipends for women battling breast cancer. The organization was created by the late Faith Fancher, a courageous and inspirational KTVU reporter. Janice has also served on the boards of the American Heart Association and Junior Achievement of Silicon Valley and Monterey Bay. Each year, Janice serves as an emcee for dozens of events as part of her commitment to community empowerment and service to others.