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Meet Suzanne

Suzanne Atwell has dedicated her professional life to public service and helping others.

The Suzanne Atwell Show is the culmination of her vast and varied experiences and the result of her desire to maintain a voice in the community that facilitates open inclusive dialogue and engagement. In 2017 having served two terms as Mayor and an at-large seat on the Sarasota City Commission since 2009, she announced would not run for re-election.

During her term in office, Sarasota experienced unprecedented economic growth while taking on important social issues like homelessness and affordable housing.

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Suzanne is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with fifteen years’ experience providing individual and family therapy.She began her clinical career in Sarasota at Coastal Behavioral HealthCare. She was also employed at Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JFCS). Following her clinical work at JFCS, Suzanne began and managed a successful private practice for 5 years.

Her numerous volunteer and community service assignments include; former Chair of the City of Sarasota Human Relations Board, Board member Sarasota County Advisory Commission on the Status of Women, Sarasota County Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Corporation and a Policy Board Member of the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, The Tourist Development Council, and The Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology/Human Development from George Washington University and a Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology from Marymount University.

Suzanne is married to Robert Atwell, President Emeritus of the American Council on Education and has two sons, Justin, retired Army Major and Physician Assistant, and Josh, an Environmental Engineer.

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The Show

Suzanne Atwell Show is a thirty-minute talk and public affairs television program that focuses on issues, events and people in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Hosted by former Mayor and Sarasota City Commissioner Suzanne Atwell, the show will debut in October and will be available on demand at SuzanneAtwell.org, Facebook, and YouTube.

The show engages the community with fun, smart talk done in a friendly but informed voice from one of the most trusted and recognized public figures in the market. Content franchises include; Around Town, a wrap-up of topical local news, Let’s Talk, in-depth interviews with experts, community leaders, artists and entertainers, and The Buzz, a compilation of real people sounding-off on hot topics of the day.

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The show Concept and Development is Executive Produced by nationally acclaimed broadcaster and former ABC7 News and Public Affairs Director Steve Sabato. His local development credits include The Suncoast View, ABC7News at Seven with Alan Cohn, Commentary & Editorials by Steve Sabato, and Linda Carson’s Amazing Women & A Place We Call Home.

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