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In Recognition of Wendy Williams

Location: Washington, DC

IN RECOGNITION OF WENDY WILLIAMS -- (Extensions of Remarks - November 20, 2004)

Mr. PALLONE. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in praise of the talented and accomplished radio persona lity, Ms. Wendy Williams. Wendy stands as a testament to all that can be accomplished through hard work, dedication and the ability to relate well to others. Born in Ocean Township, New Jersey, Wendy earned her Bachelor's Degree in Communications with a minor in Journalism from Northeastern University in Boston. Throughout college she interned at Boston's Kiss 108 radio station, while working various shifts at her college radio station.

Two weeks after graduating college, Wendy started working at WVIS, St. Croix, USVI. After successful stints at various radio stations across the mid-Atlantic region, including 3 years at POWER 99- where she took the morning show from number 15 to number one, Wendy settled back in New York City and has been the hugely successful and popular host of The Wendy Williams Experience. Her afternoon talk show, which airs on WBLS, attracts a large audience as well as countless celebrity guests. Her candid and straightforward interviewing style is often cited as a major contributing factor to her success.

Recently, Wendy has expanded to other media industries, including television and books, which include, Wendy's Got the Heat and The Wendy Williams Experience. In addition, Wendy covered the 2003 Grammys for the entertainment show, Extra, and has also appeared on Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, E!, BET, MTV and Celebrity Justice. With her radio show expanding through syndication, we can be certain that Wendy's charismatic personality and unmistakable style will reach millions of others.

Once again, I praise Ms. Wendy Williams, not only for her accomplishments and the talent that she has shared with us, but for being a role model to so many women, particularly African-American women. Wendy's work and career offer us a mere glimpse of the extraordinary abilities of minority women that many times, go unrecognized. Today, I applaud Wendy for all that she brought to the field of entertainment and I thank her for being a trailblazer for the many women that will inevitably follow in her footsteps.

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