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When Angela Wilder isn’t thinking about, writing, or collaborating with her “Cabinet Members” about one of the four television show ideas that she is currently working on, she can be found pursuing any number of her many interests in and around the city that she calls her “Left Coast home”, Los Angeles. One of those interests is volunteering weekly with an organization called Hand to Hand that is dedicated to feeding anyone who desires a meal regardless of their socio-economic status. When asked why she continues to volunteer on Saturdays and holidays when she could be doing something for herself, she replies, “On one level it is a purely selfish reason; I get more back than I ever give away. I live my life believing that I’ve never had less as a result of giving more.” Angela recalls feeling elated after delivering Thanksgiving meals to needy families when she served on the student council at Carver High School in her hometown of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It was then and there that she vowed to always make community service, in one form or another, a priority in her life.
Angela moved to Los Angeles after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communications. During her time at UNC, Angela worked in The International Center and was a member of the varsity cheerleading squad for two years. It was during her first year on the squad that The Tarheels won one of their many NCAA Basketball Championships in New Orleans. She remains a stalwart fan of the Tarheels!
Much of Angela’s adult life has been centered on her most important role as the mother of her two daughters, Sable and Sierra. The older of the two is a sophomore in college and the youngest will graduate from high school and enter the college ranks in 2010. During the past twenty years, Angela has been or done everything that most other mothers do and as a result of her experiences has created a show based on them. When asked about this upcoming venture into television, she says, “this is a role that I’ve been doing hands-on research for for twenty years now!” And, although she is eager to share her own anecdotes about being a mom, she is more interested in giving other moms a place to share theirs. While she was busy raising her daughters, Angela enrolled in graduate school and earned a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles. She subsequently wrote a book entitled Powerful Mate Syndrome-Reclaiming Your Strength and Purpose When Your Mate is the Star of the Relationship, which was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2004.
Angela’s extensive experience as an on-camera television and radio personality has prepared her well for the next step in her career journey. She has appeared on a wide array of shows ranging from CBS’s Early Show to HBO’s Real Sports to The Oprah Winfrey Show. In 2005, Angela met Bernard Goldberg, an Emmy winning, highly respected veteran of television news and sports who asked her why she was not working in the television industry. Her response was that she did not fit the “prototypical television personality profile” and that she had made the decision to focus mainly on her children during their formative years. Now her children are nearly “fully launched” which, along with the emergence of the Internet as a powerful and effective way to communicate with people worldwide, will open up many new opportunities for Angela.
When it comes to having fun, Angela finds no shortage of possibilities.
She loves watching her daughter who still lives at home play volleyball and travels to matches and tournaments fairly often. Angela loves motorcycles and against the wishes of her mother and some of her friends, frequently hops onto the back of friends’ bikes to enjoy a ride. She still has to pass the California Highway Patrol motorcycle riding course before they will unleash her on the roadways on her own bike! Other less physically demanding activities that she enjoys include studying and playing the piano, going to drum circles, yoga and swimming, hiking, bowling, and attending live music and theatre performances. When her frenetic schedule allows it, Angela loves getting together with friends for long, conversation filled evenings shared over great food! Rarely will you see her without a book or paper and pen (or her laptop), as Angela is a voracious reader and prolific writer.
In addition, Angela loves to travel and hopes to incorporate volunteerism into her future world travels.
Vices….well what would life be without a few of them? The ones that Angela will openly confess to are being a world class procrastinator, eating too much chocolate and Cheetos in bed, and being addicted to watching black and white classic movies. The rest of them, and there are some, she says she is only confessing to Saint Peter!
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The CBS Early Show
The Oprah Winfrey Show/ Oprah After The Show
The Greg Behrendt Show
HBO REAL SPORTS with Bryant Gumbel
The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch
E! The True Hollywood Story
Good Day LA
CBS 48 Hours
The Big Story with Rita Cosby
The John Walsh Show
Greta Van Susteren
The Jessie Ventura Show
The Abrahms Report with Dan Abrahms
WCBQ-AM with Dr. Alvin Augustus Jones
XM169 THE POWER, The Joe Madison Show
95.7FM/870AM-The Elliott Irving Show
HOT 89.9 Ottawa, Canada-Laura Mainella, morning host
CFRB Toronto, Canada with Sue McGarvey (The Love and Romance Show)
FM107 The Jill Spiegel Show
WTLC-FM/AM-The Terri Durrett Show, host of “The Chat Room”
CKNW news/talk 980-Vancouver, Canada-The Jennifer Mather Show
Author, Powerful Mate Syndrome (St. Martin’s Press, 2003)
Contributing columnist to Pro Sports Wives Magazine
Profiled in the Wall Street Journal, the Newark Star-Ledger, and Real Simple Magazine
M.A. Clinical Psychology, Antioch University
B.A. Speech Communications, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill