Ponchitta Pierce is a communications expert with extensive experience in interviewing, writing, editing, research, and compiling oral histories. She uses these skills to maximize her clients’ potential and understands what makes for success.
Miss Pierce has been a television host and producer, a journalist, and a speech writer. She began her career in journalism at Ebony magazine where she rose to become the New York Editor and New York Bureau Chief of the magazine’s parent company, Johnson Publications.
Miss Pierce also worked at CBS News as a special correspondent and at WNBC-TV in New York where she hosted and co-produced a daily television show “Today in New York.” She has also hosted programs for New York’s PBS station, WNET. In addition to her work in television, Miss Pierce has served as a Contributing Editor for Parade and McCall’s magazines, was a Roving Editor for Reader’s Digest, and has written for many national publications including AARP The Magazine (Modern Maturity); Family Circle, More, Newsday, and Ladies Home Journal. Several of her interviews appear in My Soul Looks Back in Wonder: Voices of the Civil Rights Experience (AARP/Sterling Publishing), a book that presents eyewitness accounts from people who had played pivotal roles in the Civil Rights Movement. Miss Pierce’s work also appears in the book The Leader of the Future 2: Visions, Strategies and Practices for the New Era. Her latest book is Keep Going No Matter What: The Reginald F. Lewis Legacy: 20 Years Later.
Long active in community service, Miss Pierce is a member of the board of directors of WNET; the Inner-City Scholarship Fund of the Catholic Archdiocese of New York; Housing Enterprise for the Less Privileged (Help USA); and the Cuban Artists Fund. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is on the Advisory Board of the University of Southern California Center on Public Diplomacy at the Annenberg School.
Miss Pierce is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a B.A. (cum laude) in journalism, and also studied at Cambridge University in England.