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René Syler (born February 17, 1963) cohosted CBS News' The Early Show from October 2002, when it debuted in its four-anchor format, until she left the program in December 2006. She has interviewed First Lady Laura Bush, former President Jimmy Carter, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Senator John McCain and NASA’s first female shuttle commander, Eileen Collins, as well as celebrities including Melissa Etheridge and Prince.
Syler was born at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, and grew up near Sacramento, California. She graduated from Del Campo High School in Fair Oaks, California, and California State University, Sacramento in 1987 with a degree in psychology.
Syler began her career in journalism as a weekend reporter at KTVN-TV in Reno, Nevada from 1987 to 1989. She then became a weekend anchor at KOLO-TV until 1990, when she moved to Birmingham, Alabama to become the weekend anchor at WVTM-TV. In 1992 she became the morning and noon anchor at WFAA-TV in Dallas, Texas. From 1997 to 2002 she anchored newscasts at KTVT, a CBS-owned station in Dallas. From 2002 – 2006 Rene was an anchor on CBS News' The Early Show .
After leaving The Early Show in 2006 Rene remained busy, hosting a health-themed pilot for Fox and Telepicture’s Mom Logic pilot. She has also been a Guest Expert on several episodes of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire and has made guest appearances on The View, The Nate Berkus Show, The Doctors, The Mo'Nique Show, The Wendy Williams Show and CNN Headline News. Rene also guest hosted The Joy Behar Show in August 2010 on HLN.
Syler is an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists, and is a recipient of the 2004 Gracie Allen Award for Individual Achievement in the National Best Anchor category for her breast cancer series. The American Women in Radio and Television also awarded her Television Personality of the Year in 1997.
In early 2013, Syler is the host of the new TV series Sweet Retreats on the Live Well Network. The series helps travelers find the perfect locations for their family vacation getaways. The series' first episode premiered on Sunday, January 20th. The show airs on Sundays at 7:30p/6:30c.
In 2007, Syler published her first book, Good Enough Mother, the Perfectly Imperfect Book Of Parenting (Simon&Schuster) and its companion website, Goodenoughmother.com. Frustrated watching mothers buy into an unrealistic view of motherhood, Syler now uses her platform to empower women to do what works best for them and their families and eschew society’s vision of perfect motherhood. Syler is currently busy building the Good Enough Mother brand, speaking to groups and conferences across America and making media appearances to promote her parenting and life philosophy.
Syler is spokesperson for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the largest grassroots breast cancer organization in the world and works to spread the word about breast cancer and early detection. Both her mother and father had breast cancer and on her final day on the CBS News' The Early Show she announced was about to undergo a bilateral prophylactic mastectomy, which was successful.
Syler is married to Buff Parham, with whom she has two children. She lives in Westchester, New York.