Berry graduated magna cum laude from Jacksonville where she was awarded the President’s Cup for leadership. She earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from Kent State University and went on to teach sociology and statistics at the university. Shortly thereafter, Berry left Kent to become an award-winning entertainer, lecturer, and comedienne. From 1991 through 1994 she won the coveted national Comedian of the Year Award, and was also named Campus Lecturer of the Year and Campus Entertainer of the Year.
Berry was the host and co-executive producer of her own nationally syndicated talk show The Bertice Berry Show, and hosted USA Live, a four-hour live interview and entertainment show on the USA Cable Network. She’s been featured on numerous other television programs, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, ABC’s 20/20, and more recently on NPR’s “Tell Me More” with Michel Martin.
Dr. Bertice Berry is also the best-selling author of an inspirational memoir, I’m On My Way, But Your Foot Is on My Head, and the hilarious bestsellers Sckraight from the Ghetto, You Might Be Ghetto If, and the sequel, You STILL Ghetto. She has also written bestsellers Redemption Song and The Haunting of Hip Hop, as well award-winning novel Jim & Louella’s Homemade Heart-fix Remedy. Her other works include When Love Calls, You Better Answer, The Ties That Bind and A Year to Wellness and Other Weight Loss Secrets. Berry has graciously donated all of the royalties from the sales of her books to organizations that help families in transition, raise funds for scholarships, and provide resource information to low-income families.
Despite all of her honors and achievements, Dr. Berry is most proud of becoming the “instant mother” to her five adopted children. She lives in Savannah, Georgia, where she is active in the community and a member of the Board of Directors for Capella University.