Councilwoman Janis Fullilove was elected to the Memphis City Council in October 2007. Currently, she is serving as 2017 Council Vice Chairwoman. Mrs. Fullilove graduated from the Booker T. Washington High School of Excellence, received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Memphis State University and earned a Master’s Degree in Communication Studies from the University of Memphis. She taught communications for 14 years at the University of Memphis.
Councilwoman Fullilove is Chairman of the of Public Services & Neighborhoods Committee, Vice-Chair of the Housing & Community Development Committee; In addition, she serves on the Economic Development, Tourism & Technology, Memphis Light Gas & Water, Personnel, Intergovernmental and Annexation and Planning and Zoning Committees. Mrs. Fullilove is liaison for the Minority Business Development Oversight Committee, Aging Commission and Urban Art Commission.
Councilwoman Fullilove is a well-known former radio talk show host and television personality. Mrs. Fullilove was hired as the first African American news announcer at WREC and was the first African American to hold the news commentator position at WHBQ. In 1994 she became the first black talk show host at WMC radio and later she hosted her own show bearing her name. In 2002 she and co-commentator Mike Fleming earned an Emmy nomination for their work on ABC 24 and Channel 30. Mrs. Fullilove is a member of Delta Sigma Theta and Brown Baptist Church.
Councilwoman Fullilove is the wife of Vernon Chalmers. She has two children Janeen Gordon-Batiste and Shamala Pace and four grandchildren Taylor, Jakobe', Morgan and Christopher.