Radio Personality and Journalist
Wilkes is co-host of the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show, heard in over 100 markets with an audience of more than eight million. An original member of the show, initially joining as a news anchor, she provides “the voice of reason” alongside host Tom Joyner.
This native Chicagoan began her radio career in 1985 as a production assistant with WKQX-FM, Chicago.
She went on to news management and reporting, and in 1989 she joined WGCI-AM/FM, Chicago, as a talk show host. In 1990 she became a reporter for Chicago’s Shadow Traffic Network. While with Shadow, Wilkes worked as one of Tom Joyner’s WGCI-FM sidekicks.
A noted news and political journalist, Wilkes has interviewed top newsmakers including Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. An avid reader, she created “Sybil’s Book Club” in 1996, which features African-American authors at live events and offers an opportunity for book lovers to meet and engage with their favorite writers. A celebrated radio personality and journalist, she has received many accolades including The President’s Award from the NAACP Image Awards and an honorary doctorate degree from Bennett College in Greensboro, NC.
A graduate of Northwestern University, Wilkes lives by the biblical saying handed down by her parents, “To whom much is given, much is required.”
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