Cynthia Bond Hopson received the B.A. in Mass Communications in 1985 from Clark College that is now Clark Atlanta University; the M.S. in Journalism from Murray (KY) State University in 1989; and the Ph.D. in Journalism from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in 2000. From 1995-2005 she was employed as a journalism professor at The University of Memphis where she was twice selected through national competition as an American Society of Newspaper Editors Journalism Excellence Fellow. On Sept. 1, 2005, she assumed duties as the Assistant General Secretary for the Black College Fund and Ethnic Concerns with the United Methodist Church's General Board of Higher Education and Ministry in Nashville.
She has been nominated for teaching excellence and was selected in 2002, 2004, 2005, and 2006 for Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. She is the 2004 recipient of the Dean’s Faculty Advisor Award for the College of Communication and Fine Arts and is a member of Kappa Tau Alpha Journalism Honors Society and an honorary member of the Golden Key
International Honors Society. She previously taught at Lane College and Murray (KY) State University.
In 2002, she launched Touched By Grace Professional Communications Ministry, which offers women’s retreat leadership, diversity consultation and training, writing, musical and public speaking services to businesses, churches and organizations. Wiggle Tales, A Collection of Hopson’s Haywood Columns from the Brownsville States Graphic, released in
December 2003, was her first book. Times of Challenge and Controversy:
Voter Registration in Haywood County, 1960-1961, A Content Analysis of Local, Regional and National Newspaper Coverage was released in April 2005 by the University Press of America and her newest book, Bad Hair Days, Rainy Days and Mondays: Wisdom and Encouragement to Lift a Woman's Spirit, was released by Abingdon Press in April 2006. In October 2006 she was awarded the Distinguished Writer's Award from the Brownsville Haywood County Chapter of the NAACP and named a prolific author and educator.
She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the National Association of Black Journalists and the NAACP. She is married to the Rev. Roger A. Hopson, Director of Program Ministries for the Memphis Conference of the United Methodist Church and they live in Jackson, Tenn. They have two children, Marcos and Angela, and three grandchildren.