Cheryl Mattox Berry is a native of Memphis, Tenn. The oldest of five children, Cheryl inherited a strong streak of self-reliance from her mother, who juggled
parenting and a nursing career.
Her curious nature as a child turned her into a voracious reader. She was nurtured by her grandmother, aunts and teachers. After earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, Cheryl embarked upon a career that included jobs as a broadcast journalist, newspaper reporter and editor, and journalism professor.
She has worked at WBBH-TV in Ft. Myers and WFLA-TV in Tampa, The Charlotte News, USA Today and the Miami Herald. She has taught at Northwestern University, the University of Miami, Florida International University and Roosevelt University.
Cheryl has mentored countless boys, girls and young women as a professor and through Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Pi Delta Omega Chapter, where she has served as a chapter president. She helped launch her chapter’s high school mentoring program for girls and serves as graduate advisor to Iota Nu Chapter at the University of Miami.
Her debut novel is “Memphis Blues,” a story of female empowerment, racial pride and love set in her hometown during the 1960s. She has several writing projects in development, including a series of children’s books. Each of them features strong female characters who are challenged to solve problems, find their inner strength and become their own person.
Cheryl’s favorite quote: “Beauty fades, dumb is forever,” by Judge Judy.
A mother of two adult children, Cheryl and her husband Jim, the sports anchor for CBS4 News, live in Miami.