Cynthia Newsome is Community Relationships Director for KSHB 41, NBC in Kansas City, Missouri. After 25 years on the air at KSHB 41, Cynthia stepped down from the anchor desk and into her new role as Community Relationships Director.
Cynthia came to KSHB 41 in January of 1997. Prior to that, she was in Oklahoma City for 13 years serving as Weekend Anchor at KWTV Channel 9, and a reporter at KFOR-TV and WKY Radio.
Cynthia is an award-winning journalist. In 2012 she was inducted into the Silver Circle of the Mid-America National Association of Television Arts and Sciences for Excellence in Broadcasting and Community Service. In 2008 her Radon Awareness and Lung Cancer reports captured First Place in the American Cancer Society High Plains Division's media awards for Community Awareness. The Kansas Association of Broadcasters awarded Cynthia Third Place for In-Depth Reporting for her 2007 investigation exposing mold at Central High School.
Notable highlights in her 30-plus year career in broadcasting include covering the Oklahoma City bombing of the Murrah Federal Building. Cynthia’s reports on the lives of bombing victims are shown at the Oklahoma City Memorial and Museum in Oklahoma City.
Cynthia came to Kansas City and met and married the love of her life, Ed Newsome. Ed is Founder and CEO of his real estate appraisal business, Good News Appraisals; and is the former President of the Kansas City Public School District. He actually popped the question to Cynthia on live TV on NBC Action News on June 13, 2001. They were married that same year. She has two step-children, Edward II and Kimberly.
Community involvement is high on Cynthia’s list of priorities. In 1997 she founded an organization called Awesome Ambitions. It's a college and career readiness program for 8th through 12th grade girls in the Kansas City Public School District. Volunteer business professional women serve as mentors and coaches, inspiring, educating, challenging and encouraging girls to set and achieve positive goals for their health, education and future careers.
In June 2011, Cynthia was diagnosed with breast cancer. A year later she completed her treatments and was cancer free.
Seven years later, in February 2019, the breast cancer returned. Cynthia was diagnosed with Metastatic Breast Cancer. Cynthia is in treatment receiving chemotherapy and immunotherapy treatments to once-again rid her body of the cancer. She is sharing her story on the air to help inspire and encourage other people battling serious diseases to have faith and continue fighting.
Cynthia and her family are faithful members of United Believers Community Church, a Baptist congregation in south Kansas City. Cynthia said her favorite things about Kansas City are the great music, great food, and, most of all, the great people!