Northeastern alumna Wendy Williams is doing just fine these days.

Kam Williams | 11/16/2011, 8:14 a.m.
Wendy Williams is the host of “The Wendy Williams Show.” (Photo courtesy of www.missxpose.com) Northeastern alumna Wendy...
Wendy Williams is the host of “The Wendy Williams Show.” www.missxpose.com

Northeastern alumna Wendy Williams is doing just fine these days.

Born in Asbury Park, N. J., on July 18, 1964, Wendy Joan Williams burst onto the TV landscape in July 2009 with the launch of her own nationally-syndicated talk show. Dubbed a “breakthrough in daytime” by The New York Times, “The Wendy Williams Show” is now in its third season and airs in 52 countries around the world.

“The Wendy Williams Show” is a reflection of its host with its vibrant colors and upbeat soundtrack matching Williams’ own personality and energetic sense of humor. And the show’s focus on entertainment reflects her passion for pop culture.

 By design, whenever she interviews celebrity guests, it’s from the perspective of a fan, as she asks the questions that her audience wants to hear. A lover of classic television, Williams’ style is inspired by her childhood idols like Dinah Shore and Merv Griffin.

Prior to making the transition to daytime television, Williams built an audience over the course of an enormously-successful 23-year run in radio. “The Wendy Williams Experience” was a top-rated, nationally syndicated show which reached over 12 million people daily. In November of 2009, she was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame — one of only a handful of women to enjoy the honor.

Williams recently competed on Season 12 of ABC’s smash hit “Dancing with The Stars.” Her other television credits include serving as host of Game Show Network’s original series “Love Triangle” and as a featured guest on ABC’s “One Life to Live” and Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva.” She is also the author of the New York Times best seller “The Wendy Williams Experience.”

A child of a teacher and a college professor, Williams earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in journalism at Northeastern University, and she remains a vocal education advocate. She credits the start of her career with the decision to take an internship at a radio station on St. Croix, Virgin Islands, immediately following her graduation from college.

Williams resides in northern New Jersey with her husband, Kevin, and their 11-year-old son, Kevin Jr. Here, she talks about her life and career.  

Hi Wendy, How you doin’?

[Laughs] How you doin’, Kam? You doing good?

I’m awwwlllright! Ann-Marie Nacchio, a loyal fan of yours from Philly, told me to start the interview with “How you doin’?” because that would probably help relax you.  

And it did! That’s the official greeting of the show.

How did being raised by two educators shape you?

I know firsthand that educators are the most overworked and underpaid people around. It influenced me in that it was always about family first, and education was right next to that.

There was never any question about whether I was going to college. And it was important to my parents that I get my degree in four years, because “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” [Laughs] I will support my son in whatever he wants to do professionally, but he will go to college, too. My husband and I are in concert on that.