The host of the top-rated “Santita Jackson Show” on Chicago’s WVON-AM, the nation’s leading urban talk radio station, she tackles topics of political, social, cultural and religious import five days a week. She is also the Executive Producer, Writer and co-host of the nationally-syndicated KEEP HOPE ALIVE with REV. JESSE JACKSON radio show. A writer, she is a founding contributor to theGrio, the MSNBC website dedicated to African American news and opinion.
Born in Greensboro, North Carolina, and reared in Chicago, Illinois, as a young child, Santita had a passion for academics and music. Recognizing her nascent talent, Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway gifted her with a Steinway piano at the tender age of eight. As a high school senior, Santita won the prestigious National Merit-Achievement Scholarship. Having tendered offers from Spelman College, Yale University and Harvard University, Santita accepted a full academic scholarship to Howard University in Washington, D.C.
Commencing her music career, Santita spent more than five years touring with the legendary Roberta Flack, as well as training with and joining the renowned OPERA EBONY Company.
Santita’s soulful mixture of jazz, gospel, and European classical styles has earned her national and international acclaim and enabled her to perform at a wide range of activities. The family of Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown asked her to perform at his state funeral alongside Wynton Marsalis and the Howard University Chorale. Personally chosen by President Bill Clinton, Santita was privileged to perform the National Anthem at his second Presidential Inauguration in 1997. She has headlined at the BRAZILIAN MUSIC FESTIVAL in Sao Paolo, Brazil, as well as with the Chicago Symphony’s Sinfionetta. In addition, Utah Senator Orrin Hatch and producer Greg Hansen produced her first recording project, “PUT YOUR ARMS AROUND THE WORLD,” a suite of solos and duets with top-rated Christian vocalist Chris Willis.
Radio talk show host, network television commentator, writer, television and radio show producer, and acclaimed singer — Santita Jackson has a career that is vast in range and depth. It is her hope that she can use these gifts to bless and serve.