Gwen Tolbart joined the WTTG Fox 5 as a Weather Anchor/Reporter in 2002 bringing a varied and extensive broadcasting background. She can be seen giving weather forecasts on the 6pm 10pm and 11pm shows on Saturday and Sunday. If you're an early riser you can also catch her on Fox Morning News Sunday, at 8am. She also writes and produces feature stories.
Gwen's on-air work has earned her several awards. In 1999 she was part of a Regional Emmy Award for a "CBS Weather Special" at KTVT, CBS -11 in Dallas TX. From 2000 - 2002 the Dallas Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) honored her with five awards, two for "Best Anchor", a "1st Place Weather" , "1st Place Interview/Talk" and "Best on-Air Performance". Since arriving at WTTG Fox5 Gwen has received four Regional Emmy nominations for Weather and two 'Associated Press Outstanding Weathercast" Awards.
Born in Montreal Quebec Gwen is a third generation born Canadian who spent part of her earlier years in Nova Scotia. Her TV career began in Montreal with the Black Community Communications Media as a Host/Producer of their news magazine program "Black Is" and contributing to their radio broadcast "Black Speaks". From there she went on to work at Canada's nationally aired "Weather Network" as a Weather and News Anchor. Gwen also worked at CFCF-12 TV in Montreal as a Weather Anchor, a Reporter on the consumer advocacy program "Fighting Back" and as a Host on the internationally syndicated award-winning travel show, "Travel, Travel".
In 1997 she left her home in Canada and headed to KTVT CBS-11 in Dallas, Texas where she worked as a Weather Anchor, Feature Reporter and Host of the station's talk show "Positively Texas". Then in 2002 she landed in DC.
Gwen's strong community commitment, interest in youth and reinforcing positive direction in people, has led her to being actively involved with and supporting numerous community and non-profit organizations of all kinds in both Canada and the USA.
In Montreal, Gwen founded "Positive Images", a mentor project for adolescent girls and arranged for the girls to meet Coretta Scott King. In Dallas she helped set up mentor programs and workshops for at-risk girls and single teen mothers and tutored elementary school children. Since being in DC, Gwen worked with the Empower Program Inc., an adolescent girls program and she sits on the Board of Directors of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and of "Our House," a residential program for at-risk adolescent males. Gwen has been honored for her work with "New Endeavors By Women", a DC organization that supports homeless women.
Gwen has been recognized for her civic work in both Canada & the USA, including from the governments of both countries. She was honored with the prestigious National Association of Black Journalists'(NABJ) "National Community Service Award" for her many community contributions and mentorship of youth. Her civic and career achievements earned her the esteemed "2002 Woman of Distinction Award" in Texas, with official commendations from the Governor of Texas, Texas State Representative and the United States Congress. She has also been officially recognized by the Nova Scotia House of Assembly - Government of Canada. Her overall positive contribution to the lives of young people earned her The Empower Program "2004 Voices Against Violence Award" and the DC Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc "2005 Woman Of The Year Award".
Gwen holds a BA in Journalism from Montreal's Concordia University and is a Social Science graduate of Dawson College in Montreal.
She is a motivational and keynote speaker and emcee for groups of all ages.