The Mary Ann Show Team
Mary Ann Hamilton
Executive Producer and Writer. Creative host and master of media.
Mary Ann's life story is one of repeatedly overcoming obstacles to achieve her dreams. As a small child, her parents struggled to provide for her and her seven siblings. Consequently, the state forcibly removed Mary Ann from her family at age two and placed her in a foster home, where she lived until she was almost 16.
The foster home provided Mary Ann with stability for most of her childhood. Her foster father was very nurturing and provided her support, in spite of her foster mother, who was at times both mentally and psychologically abusive. When her foster father suddenly passed away, her foster mother became so abusive that Mary Ann saw no other choice but to run away. These experiences gave Mary Ann the determination to be an advocate for abused foster children later in life.
After a brief stay with a friend, Mary Ann ended up in a state-sponsored boarding house, where she focused on her school work and completed her high school diploma. However, the achievement was bittersweet, since she had no one from her family to cheer for her at the graduation.
Starting in high school, Mary Ann worked at the McGraw- Hill publishing company separating invoices and entering data into their computer systems. The responsibility of a corporate job enabled her to obtain her own apartment while she was still only 18 years old. However, while working there she realized that further education would be necessary to achieve her life goals. Marriage and children interrupted her initial plans for a college degree, but she dedicated herself to supporting her family and raising her two children.
Although her life finally seemed settled, Mary Ann began experiencing a deep depression unlike anything she ever had before. After 20 years, her husband requested a divorce and broke up the family that was the foundation of her life. Mary Ann often retreated to her bedroom where she found it hard to find the energy to be with family and friends. She felt lost without a purpose and fought hard against depression. She turned herself over to God to help her rediscover a passion for life.
When Mary Ann's brother passed away unexpectedly in 2013, she was able to find her new purpose in life. Although saddened, she did not give in to desperation and sorrow. Instead, she embarked on her quest to become a talk show host. Her focus would be helping people to share their stories, especially those of abuse and despair.
The seed of television was planted in her in the early 2000s when working at KMOV Channel 4 in St. Louis. She began rolling a teleprompter for news anchors, and having producers teach her about script writing. Her former news director gave her inspiration when he told her that one day he could see her “Big time Producing!”
Using only her laptop, Mary Ann began to hone her media skills and taught herself through trial and error. She started interviewing local business owners and fellow church members. She gained valuable experience spending time with StL-TV, and created her first pilot talk show on KSDK Channel 5 in 2016. After many years of practice, she found comfort in front of the camera and developed basic media skills such as reading naturally from a teleprompter. Mary Ann is grateful to God for giving her a meaningful purpose in life, and a worthy outlet for her passion to serve God and help those in need.
Today, she has accumulated over 33 years of work experience. In 2008 she received her Undergraduate Degree in Communications, and now has a Masters Degree in Communications from Lindenwood University. Mary Ann is currently pursuing a Doctorate Degree in Business Administration.
Some notable events in her life. In 2008 she nearly spilled her soda on the actor Don Cheadle, and she always says that “His eyes jumped into my eyes.” She received a letter from President Obama acknowledging her difficulties of growing up without parents. In 2018 she bumped into President Clinton and his Secret Service detail while crossing the street in downtown St Louis. In her home life, Mary Ann lives with her two children, Kevin and Mariah, who both assist with her productions. She loves to sing in the church choir.
Now she is happy primarily spending her time working her own business, The Mary Ann Network, which she founded in 2014. She develops her own scripts and performs the on-air interviews. Mary Ann is very proud that she “can create like Hollywood people!” Her talk show can be seen in St. Louis on ABC/ Channel 30 at 4am on Sunday mornings.
Creative Director for The Mary Ann Network
Producer and Creative Director. A unique artist who tells stories through entertainment.
Assistant Producer for The Mary Ann Network
Assistant Producer. Filmmaker, Abstract artist, and visionary of life.
Raquel Ducote LPC, NCC
Counselor. Gives support and shares knowledge about the human experience.