From her tiny studio in Montana: Reynolds has conducted hundreds of interviews exploring the lives of everyday people, the famous, and infamous. Janette is an accomplished publisher, producer and radio host – and has appeared on CNN, NBC, FOX, TBN, and radio & TV throughout the US and Europe.
Born and raised in the Motor City (Detroit), Janette spent the first part of her career entrenched in the competitive world of automotive engineering. Longing for a creative new start in a different direction, she chucked it all and moved west to a land “where a river runs through it”, and what many consider a writer’s Mecca – Montana!

Never one to shy away from a challenge, Janette immediately landed a job in broadcast journalism at a rural AM radio station (KGEZ). In her first 30 days on the job, she developed – and later produced and hosted a daily interview talk show, Montana Woman. Within six months the show was nominated for an E.B. Craney Award for “Radio Program of the Year" by the Montana Broadcasters Association after snagging interviews with Gloria Steinem, Shaquille O'Neal, Charlton Heston, Debbie Reynolds, Garth Brooks, Carrie Fisher, President Jimmy Carter, Dr. Helen Caldicott, Lea Thompson and many more.

It was her experience in radio and publishing in the Pacific Northwest that helped Janette develop an ability love for media as a highly creative outlet. “I’ve always had a genuine interest in people and their stories; how they navigate life and where the journey leads them! And when you’re doing something you truly have a passion for, and what comes natural to you - doors open.

Reynolds sharpened her entrepreneurial savvy as President of Umbrella Publishing and Icon Media Communications, overseeing the daily operations and production of a successful women’s magazine that she later sold in 2001.

In 2002, Janette published Where Were You On 9/11? (Umbrella Publishing 2002) after a life-changing experience during the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Shortly after the launch of her book and national press tour, Janette expanded the public relations side of the business with forming Icon Media Communications, specializing in media, graphic & web representation, and project management.

“When interviewing someone I look for an opportunity to gain insight into the complexity of the human soul that’s at the core of every person. I think most people are open to sharing details about themselves if they feel there is an authentic connection, a common bond, and they feel safe. That’s why the art of conversation and communication has always fascinated me. It’s an area I continually explore. Body language, facial expressions…reveal more than words can express. Lately, one of my biggest passions has been studying, and conveying the wisdom and life lessons found in the Bible. There’s a reason it’s one of the best-selling books of all time!”

Assorted Facts:
  • Has appeared on CNN, NBC, FOX News, TBN, and radio & TV throughout US and Europe
  • Conducted more than 850 interviews of well-known celebrities, newsmakers, politicians, and everyday people.  Covered and developed stories across the US and Europe including Oxford, London, and Paris.
  • Produced and hosted an interview-format radio talk show for 8 years
  • Founder, Editor and Publisher of Montana Woman (Publishing 89 Issues before selling in 2001)
  • Keynote speaker at the University of Montana Center for Leadership Development Conference, October 2000
  • Author of Where Were You on 9-11? - An Anthology of Intimate Interviews with Introduction by Donald J. Trump
  • Author of Don’t Fence Me In, an insightful and humorous account of leaving the big city for a less-complicated, rural life.
  • Keynote speaker at the Business Women's Conference sponsored by the US Small Business Administration in Bozeman, Montana, September 2003.
  • Was entertainment editor for her high school newspaper with Reynolds’ Wrap byline
  • Thrice mistaken to be of the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco family clan
  • Obsessed with interior design and organizing
  • Current favorite books in the Bible are Isaiah, and Daniel
  • Love cats, used to have a canary named Max
  • Slothful at Facebook
  • Mad about Mad Men, and huge fan of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
  • Should have bought stock in iTunes
  • Enjoy zip-lining, and hiking mountain trails in Montana
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