Television Producer, Writer, Esteemed Journalist and Author.
Nika C. Beamon
Channeling your independent spirit is the theme of Author Nika C. Beamon's top selling book: I Didn't Work This Hard Just to Get Married: Successful, Single Black Women Speak Out. It, along developing positive self esteem and learning to define your own expectations about life, relationship and career, are topics the veteran journalist talks about when she speaks to women of all ages throughout the country. Her main themes: you can live a fulfilling life as a single woman without being lonely or having to settle for a relationship you don't want.Beamon is awaiting the publication of her memoir: Misdiagnosed: The Search for Dr. House. Written in a conversational and brutally honest fashion, Misdiagnosed: The Search for Dr. House is the tale of a woman’s quest to find the correct diagnosis after years of chronic illness. This frank and engaging story takes the reader on journey through her various hospital trips, and procedures, as well as her feeling and emotions that are as real as they are raw. It also introduces them to a quirky cast of characters who go through this 17 year odyssey with her until she finally finds out that she has a rare autoimmune disorder called IgG4 related systematic disease.
Misdiagnosed gives a voice to the 30 million Americans diagnosed with rare diseases, who have struggled to figure out what ails them and continue to live with their conditions.
Beamon is a Writer/Producer for WABC-TV Eyewitness News in New York; the number one local news station in the country. She often speaks about and how to balance a fast paced career and a relationship; it's something she's had to do the last 17 years. She has worked at various television stations and served as Coordinating Producer for "Like It Is with Gil Noble," the country's longest running African American public affairs show. She has been credited as a reference in the several books on television news including: Covering Catastrophe: Broadcast Journalist Report on September 11 by Alison Gilbert and News is People: the Rise of Local TV News and the Fall of News from New York by Craig M. Allen.
Her book: I DIDN'T WORK THIS HARD JUST TO GET MARRIED has been mentioned on the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show and in publications such as: Thegrio.com, TheRoot.com, in Uptown Magazine, Port of Harlem Magazine, New Jersey Monthly.com, Reader's Digest.com, Parle' Magazine, Harlem Community News Paper, The Amsterdam News, etc... In 2000, she published her first mystery novel, Dark Recesses, the poignant tale of David Jackson, a promising, young attorney who travels to rural Virginia for a family reunion and is entangled in a web of betrayal that had been hidden in his family tree. In 2002, she completed her second novel, Eyewitness.
She has been a blogger for AOL Love Seniors and has been a reviewer for Publisher's Weekly Magazine and QBR: The Quarterly Black Book Review Magazine, as well as various websites. She is also a member of the Writers Guild of America East and the National Association of Black Journalists. She won a Peabody Award for ABC News' coverage of the September 11th Attacks and was honored for her work by the New York Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists.
• Coping with chronic illness
• Surviving sick and single
• Embracing your independent spirit
• Fighting for the best health care.
Your speech was crucial, inspirational and the reason why the event was such a success. Your story is real and easy to relate to. Your comfort when talking about your personal health struggles is just what we need to hear in our community in order to educate and hopefully save the lives of many, that refuse to go to the doctor. I honestly enjoyed your ease, passion and natural poise, it was captivating.
--- Rocio Garcia M.S. Ed, Community Coordinator, Brightside Academy
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