Sac History Happenings

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October 7, 2012
In History's Spotlight: Rene Syler

Rene Syler.JPGBorn: Feb. 17, 1963

Known for: The Del Campo High School graduate spent nearly 20 years as a television reporter and anchorwoman, including four years as one of the hosts of CBS' "The Early Show."

Background: Syler was born at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois and grew up in Sacramento. She was a scholar-athlete at Del Campo before graduating from California State University, Sacramento, in 1987. She landed her first television reporting job in Reno, became an anchorwoman there, then in Birmingham, Ala., and Dallas. She joined three other hosts -- Harry Smith, Hannah Storm and Julie Chen -- in a revamped "Early Show" in 2002. She left the show in December 2006. Early this year, she had a bilateral prophylactic mastectomy. She didn't have breast cancer, but had previous biopsies performed, and both of her parents had the disease.

A highlight: In April 2007, Syler published a book, "Good Enough Mother." Syler's book examines parenting and features her and children, Casey and Cole, on the cover. In 2006, she was given one of five distinguished service awards by the California State University Alumni Association.

-- Anthony Sorci

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About Sac History Happenings

California and Sacramento have a long, rich, vibrant history. And our region is blessed with an abundance of historical resources maintained by museums, libraries, archives and societies. This blog aims to alert readers to the latest developments in local/state historical education and research.

Send tips concerning upcoming exhibits, tours, lectures and meetings, as well as new books, magazine articles and online collections to the blog's contributors.

The Contributors:

Michael Dolgushkin

Michael Dolgushkin is Manuscript Librarian at the California State Library History Section. He is co-author of San Francisco's California Street Cable Cars and is a frequent contributor to the California State Library Foundation Bulletin. Contact him at mdolgushkin@library.ca.gov.

Amanda Graham

Amanda Graham is a Certified Archivist working in the Sacramento Room of the Sacramento Public Library. She earned a BS in History from Southern Oregon University and a MS in Information Studies with an emphasis in archives from The University of Texas at Austin. Contact her at agraham@saclibrary.org.

Pete basofin

Pete Basofin is Director of Editorial Research at The Sacramento Bee. He previously worked at The St. Petersburg Times and Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune. Contact him at pbasofin@sacbee.com.

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