Paula Gwynn Grant won the national title of Miss Black America 1989. She is an Emmy Award-winning broadcaster and marketing/media professional who has been featured on NBC's "Today Show," NPR (National Public Radio), and PBS Television. Paula is a former Miss Black America. Paula currently works as a show host for DeKalb County Television and is also regularly seen on GPB - Georgia Public Broadcasting -- PBS television for the state of Georgia. With her own company, Exuberance Enterprises!, Paula counsels businesses and nonprofits on useful marketing and publicity plans that show real results.
Paula currently is working with four doctors (an OB-GYN, an Ear, Nose and Throat, a Dermatologist and an Infertility Expert) to help them grow their medical practices and publicly educate us to be as healthy as we can. She also takes on various other clients to assist them in promoting and creating memorable events. Paula often serves as Mistress of Ceremonies or "emcee" for various live events from pageants and fashion events to award ceremonies/luncheons/dinners to corporate events. She proudly speaks to audiences of all kinds - including corporate and non profit organizations -about effective marketing strategies, diversity and attitude/energy.
A native of Washington, DC, Paula received her Bachelors of Arts in Radio, Television and Film, cum laude, from the University of Maryland, College Park in just three years. She landed her first job in 1987 at WUSA TV, CBS Washington, DC as a production assistant on a local music video show and teen talk show.Within her first year, she became the host of that same teen talk show eventually winning her first Emmy Award as a producer. Paula was next hired by Black Entertainment Television (BET) as an associate producer for “Video Soul with Donnie Simpson.”
While at BET, Paula answered a dare from a friend and tried out for the national Miss Black America pageant – and won. That sizzling 1989 year lead to a morning show radio co-host on Majic 102.3 (Radio One, Washington, DC) while continuing at WUSA TV. Paula was on her way to building an impressive resume.
Paula’s next move was to Atlanta, Georgia’s Kiss 104.1 as morning show co-host and she landed her own teen segment on Fox 5 Atlanta’s “Campus Live.” After a two year stint, Paula pitched a local teen talk show, “The Teen Age with Paula Gwynn,” to WPBA TV, PBS Atlanta. After hosting for less than a year interviewing key guests such as Olympic Track and Field athletes and the Atlanta Mayor, Paula was nominated twice for an Emmy award. Also during this time she won the prestigious “Best Individual in Radio” award from the American Women in Radio and Television for her work at Kiss 104.
During this period, Paula and her husband started their family and learned of fibroids and the devastation they can have. Two children commanded seven months of bed rest a piece. However, Paula was determined to continue even if it were only part-time in her fields, as co-host of a weekly syndicated radio countdown show with American Urban Radio Networks (USA Music Magazine) and as a commercial announcer for national and local radio clients such as Bellsouth, UPS, Mc Donald’s, Publix Supermarket and AFLAC. She also continued in television at PBS (GPB) and in local and national television commercials/programming specials.
Paula‘s primary goal during this time was to manage her health and the health of her new family while maintaining a high professional standard and achieving growth.When September 11, 2001 struck, national events ended Paula’s freelance and contract jobs. Paula branched out. Using her skills in radio and television, she went on to become a Communications Director and Vice President of Public Affairs in Fulton County and DeKalb County government (GA), honing her management skills while serving as on-air talent and producer for government television. She also did a stint in the non-profit world as Southeast Regional Director of Marketing and Resident Services for Mercy Housing Southeast, a national non-profit affordable housing developer, for low-income families and seniors.
Paula has now grown into a solid public relations/marketing professional with a keen understanding of community relations and how to best work with the general public, the media and grass roots communities. With her television Emmy Award (plus six additional nominations) and numerous radio awards, she has served as public relations counsel for local and national politicians, top medical professionals, entertainment celebrities and authors. Paula has hosted special television programs for well-known entities such as the Children's Miracle Network, the WB (Warner Bros. Television now the 'CW'), UPS, and the YMCA.