THE SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON: Carmen Cummings
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She was the hometown face on the evening news in the North Florida region for more than 18 years. Carmen Cummings, former News Anchor and Reporter for CBS Television affiliate, WCTV, has garnered more than 100 community service and professional awards including those for the Associated Press, first place awards for her investigative reporting, feature projects and individual achievement. Her accolades also include The Leon County Sickle Cell Foundation’s Humanitarian Award, The Jefferson County NAACP President’s Award for Community Service, The Tallahassee Branch of the NAACP’s Black Achievers Award, The Girl Scout Council’s Woman of Distinction of the Apalachee Big Bend, The Thelma Thurston Gorham Journalism Award. She was also designated Number 18, by the Tallahassee Democrat among the community’s 33 most influential citizens of 2002.
In 2007, she was invited to join the Administrative Team of the 10th President Of Florida A&M University, Dr. James. H. Ammons. She is now the Executive Director of Alumni Affairs of FAMU.
The veteran journalist is the former District Representative and Director of Community Relations for the Office of U.S. Congressman Allen Boyd of Florida. She also worked in the press office of former Florida Governor Bob Graham back in 1983.
Carmen has served on numerous regional boards, including, The Children’s Home Society of the North Central Region, Mother’s In Crisis, and The Boys Choir of Tallahassee . She has been hailed for her work as an advocate for children, for awareness campaigns on the dangers of domestic violence, and has been a leader of initiatives to educate the public about Sickle Cell Disease.
Carmen is the founder of a women’s ministry known as Heart To Heart at her church. She also travels extensively to communities across the southeast as a motivational speaker for youth and women’s groups. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. An honors graduate of Florida A&M University, Carmen is a proud wife and mother of two young sons.