Markette Sheppard Bio, Age, Husband, Career, WUSA9 And What is Light?


Markette Sheppard Biography

Markette Sheppard is an American award-winning journalist working as a host for Great Day Washington. She has been featured on several shows, for example, the Today show (NBC), Live! with Kelly (ABC) and Big Morning Buzz Live (VH1).

She also has a book, What is Light?. Sheppard was born and raised in Los Angeles, USA. She attended the American University situated in Washington and earned a degree in Interactive Journalism.

Markette also has a B.A in Communications from California State University Dominguez Hills. She was awarded The Los Angeles Times scholarship for excellence in student journalism.

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Markette Sheppard Husband

Markette lives in the core of our country’s capital with her husband and young son.

Markette Sheppard Career | Markette Sheppard WUSA9 | Markette Sheppard Great Day Washington

Markette Sheppard is an Emmy-grant winning columnist and host of WUSA 9’s Great Day Washington. As a way of life columnist, Markette has been highlighted on top of the line national morning appears, including NBC’s TODAY appear, ABC’s Live! with Kelly and VH1’s morning show Big Morning Buzz Live.

Before coming to WUSA 9, Markette facilitated a morning appear at the FOX subsidiary in Virginia. Markette’s first work in TV was as a columnist at Prince George’s Community TV in Upper Marlboro, Md.

She additionally filled in as a correspondent for WAMU, the NPR part station for the Washington territory. In print, Markette delighted in a 5-year stretch as an independent wellbeing and wellness essayist for Time Inc’s.

Essence magazine, the No. 1 magazine for ladies of shading in the U.S. Markette is likewise the writer of the persuasive kids’ book, What Is Light? Brought up in Los Angeles, Markette earned her four-year college education from California State University Dominguez Hills.

She moved to the D.C.- territory over 10 years prior and earned a graduate degree in intuitive news coverage from American University. Markette lives in the core of our country’s capital with her significant other and youthful child.

Markette Sheppard, What is Light?

She is the author of this great book.

Light can be so many things! The twinkle of a faraway star, a firefly captured in a jar, a mother’s love, a turtle dove . . .

Lyrical text and crisp, cheerful illustrations illuminate what Is Light? each page revealing the sparkle found in a child’s simple but extraordinary world. Young readers will enjoy discovering the special glow in everything from nature to the smiles of loved ones. The light revealed on the final page makes a fitting finale for this sweet, bright tale.

This board book edition is the perfect size for little hands.

Title What Is Light?
Denene Millner Books
Author Markette Sheppard
Illustrated by Cathy Ann Johnson
Edition illustrated
Publisher Bolden, an Agate Imprint, 2018
ISBN 1572842474, 9781572842472
Length of 22 pages

Markette Sheppard My Rainy Day Rocket Ship

Told in rhyming text, a young African American boy, stuck inside on a rainy day, uses his imagination to create a rocket ship out of a rocking chair and takes off on a trip to a distant planet.

Title My Rainy Day Rocket Ship
Author Markette Sheppard
Illustrated by Charly Palmer
Publisher Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2020
ISBN 1534461779, 9781534461772

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Every woman wants to look good, especially in an age when people feel pressure to alter their looks to achieve beauty. (Exhibits A & B: Azealia Banks and Lil’ Kim)

Great Day Washington co-host Markette Sheppard wants to help women embrace their natural beauty through her one-stop natural cosmetics and personal care company Messenger Beauty.

Messenger Beauty carries everything from all-natural face cleansers, lipsticks, and mascara to cruelty-free makeup brushes, natural foot scrubs, and hair removers. All the products are organic, vegan, cruelty-free, and made from natural ingredients.

Sheppard is no stranger to a makeup chair: She claimed the crown as Mrs. D.C. in 2008. And in 2012, as an aspiring TV personality, she was a top-five finalist in the national Live with Kelly co-host competition—she was the youngest and the only woman and person of color left standing.


Though Sheppard has become the face of a vegan makeup line, she wasn’t always strict about her makeup and personal care products. Everything changed when she was in her early 20s, and forced to re-examine her diet and the products she used in her home and put on her body.

“One morning I woke up and I felt all of these hard lumps in my abdomen,” she says. “It felt like a miniature mountain range of cysts.”

Sheppard immediately scheduled a doctor’s appointment and was told it was severe constipation. But after seeking second and third opinions, an ultrasound revealed that she had 13 benign tumors growing inside her uterus called fibroids.

Doctors told her that fibroid tumors are common—about 1 in 5 women get them during their childbearing years. They’re especially prevalent in African-American women, who are three times more likely to have fibroids than their white counterparts, according to The U.S. Office of Women’s Health.

After seeking counsel from a nutritionist, Sheppard cleaned up her diet by eating organic meats and growing vegetables in her backyard. She also switched to organic household cleaners and personal care products but knew she could do more.

“What made my case rare was that I was under the age of 30, and some of my fibroids were the size of a lemon,” added Sheppard.

At the time, Sheppard had a family friend who had fibroids she didn’t know about while she was pregnant with twins. The fibroids were competing with the babies for blood supply. She ended up losing one of the babies; her surviving son was born with kidney problems.

“This was the final wake-up call for me to do something about my fibroids, and I had a myomectomy in 2011,” says Sheppard.

It took about a year after the surgery for Sheppard to feel normal again, and she went on to have a healthy baby boy in late 2013. After late-night feedings when all was quiet, Sheppard would research and educate herself about the harmful effects of toxic chemicals like parabens, endocrine disruptors, and phthalates that are commonly found in our cosmetics.

According to, a number of striking studies have shown that many of the chemicals found in cosmetics are absorbed by the skin into the body, and can cause organ-system toxicity, developmental and reproductive toxicity, and cancer.

The length of time chemicals remain in the body varies from chemical to chemical and ranges from hours to decades. (A recent CNN report found that hormone-disrupting chemicals found in makeup can lead to endometriosis and fibroids.)

Without hesitation, Sheppard made the switch to all-natural cosmetics but was frustrated by having to order products from multiple stores and sites. By this time, she had been living a green lifestyle for four years since her fibroid diagnosis and knew there had to be a better way.

As a stay-at-home mom for a year, Sheppard was inspired to add founder to her title. In late 2014, Sheppard established Messenger Beauty, and February 2015 marked its official launch as a one-stop retailer for women to order natural beauty products online.


As luck would have it, shortly after Messenger Beauty’s launch, Sheppard was hand-selected to co-host Great Day Washington in the District. It was an offer she couldn’t refuse.

But as she stepped into her new role as co-host, she was also determined to keep Messenger Beauty alive. As a one-woman operation, Sheppard primarily sells Messenger Beauty products online and at weekend tradeshows.

“TV hosting contracts don’t last forever, so it’s important to build something that’s mine,” says Sheppard.

Having a full-time job and a side hustle isn’t easy, especially with hours like Sheppard’s. Rising every day at 5 a.m., Sheppard arrives at the station by 7 and is ready for the live show at 9.

She always applies her own Messenger Beauty makeup, and occasionally shoots makeup tip videos, meets with producers and guests before the show, and runs her lines. When the show ends at 10, Sheppard attends a post-show meeting, pre-interviews guests, and works on segments for future shows.

After an action-packed day, Sheppard typically leaves the station by 3 p.m. Sometimes Sheppard attends or hosts evening work-related events, and cherishes the opportunity to tuck-in and kiss her son goodnight before heading out.

“As a mother, prioritizing is key,” Sheppard explains. “My husband, my son, and my job are my priorities. I’m lucky that my job understands my balancing act—when I’m off, I’m truly off.”

Living a green lifestyle comes naturally to Sheppard, and presents itself in all aspects of her life, work, home, and everything in between. Along with furthering her company, Sheppard has her eyes on developing a crowdfunding campaign for a TV show that discusses different issues in the world of natural beauty.

“I’ve learned to look every challenge in the face and aim for success,” Sheppard says. “If I educate someone on the benefits of natural beauty products, I’ve done my job as a global citizen to use fewer chemicals and not hurt animals.”

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