Who is Deborah Norville?
Deborah Norville is an American television journalist and businesswoman. She is the anchor of Inside Edition, a syndicated television news magazine. Norville has held the position since March 1995.
She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Viacom Corporation. She markets and sells a line of yarns called Deborah Norville Collection for knit and crochet enthusiasts which is manufactured by Premier Yarns. Deborah was an anchor and correspondent for CBS News previously and earlier co-host of Today on NBC. Her published writing Thank You Power was a New York Times best-seller.
Deborah began her television career while still a college student. She received an internship through Georgia Public Television, where she worked on The Lawmakers, a nightly program covering the Georgia General Assembly. Initially, she was spotted by an executive of WAGA-TV in Atlanta, who offered her a summer internship. As she recalled, “The third day they were short on reporters and they asked me to cover a news story.” Deborah reported that evening on the six o’clock news and she was later offered a weekend reporting position during her senior year in college.
Her 60-mile commute between school in Athens and work in Atlanta was grueling, as she remembered in an interview with Larry B. Dendy for the Georgia Alumni Record (February 1990): “I’d leave the university on Friday afternoon and drive to Atlanta, and sometimes I had a place to stay and sometimes I slept in my car in the parking lot. I worked Saturday and Sunday; Sunday night after the 11 o’clock show I’d drive back and go to class Monday morning.” She conducted a live interview with President Jimmy Carter in January 1979.
Deborah joined WAGA-TV as a full-time reporter after graduating and she was named weekend anchor in October 1979. She was hired as a reporter and later anchor by WMAQ-TV in 1982, the NBC-owned station in Chicago. When it was announced Norville would be joining NBC News in New York, Mayor Harold Washington declared “Deborah Norville Week” in Chicago in 1986.
How Old Is Deborah Norville?
She was born Deborah Anne Norville on August 8, 1958, in Dalton, Georgia, United States. She is 64 years old as of 2022. Norville shares her birthday with other famous people such as Dustin Hoffman, Meagan Good, Roger Federer, Shawn Mendes, Michael Urie, and Keith Carradine, among others.
Deborah Norville Family
Norville also won her town’s local Junior Miss contest which is a beauty contest for high school senior girls. Norville’s’ talent was sewing. She went on to represent Georgia in the 1976 America’s Junior Miss pageant.
She did not win but credits seeing the behind-the-scenes work of the CBS Television production team. Which was inspiring her to switch her career goal from law to television journalism. She has three sisters and her father owns a menagerie complete with camels, ostriches, and llamas. Her mother had been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis when she was 10 years old, she died later when Norville was 20.
Deborah Norville Education
Norville is a graduate of the University of Georgia. She graduated summa cum laude in three years with a perfect 4.0-grade point average and was named a First Honor Graduate and elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism degree. Deborah served on the Main Court of the University’s Student Judiciary while at the University of Georgia and was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority.
Deborah Norville Husband
She has been married to Swedish businessman Karl Wellner since 1987.
Deborah Norville Kids
Norville and Karl have three children together; Niki, Kyle, and Mikaela.
Deborah Norville Net Worth
The television personality and businessman has an estimated net worth of $6 million.
Deborah Norville Salary
Norville receives a generous amount of salary from her work as the longest-serving anchor of the Inside Edition.
Deborah Norville NBC News
She joined NBC News in January 1987 as an anchor of NBC News at Sunrise. She became the only solo female anchor of a network newscast. Ratings on Sunrise jumped 40 percent when she joined the program, which led to her being asked to occasionally substitute on NBC’s Today Show. A documentary in which Norville was the primary host, Bad Girls, on violent teenaged girls, was the seventh most-watched show the week it aired, according to Nielsen ratings in August 1989.
Deborah was named news anchor on Today in September 1989. Later, Today co-host Jane Pauley announced her desire to leave the Today Show, and Deborah was named her successor. Jane went on to host a prime-time show, Real Life with Jane Pauley. In January 1990, Deborah became co-host of Today. During her tenure on the show, Norville won an Emmy award for her role in NBC’s coverage of the democratic uprising in Romania.
Ratings on the show declined after Norville’s arrival. The NBC management was accused of mishandling the transition. One insider told People magazine, “NBC handled the whole situation in a very poor manner. I don’t think she [Deborah] blames anyone in particular. I just think she feels the situation was handled unprofessionally—in an undignified manner for both her and Jane.”After Deborah took maternity leave on the birth of her first child, she did not return to the program.
Deborah Norville ABC Network Radio
In 1991 May, ABC TalkRadio Networks announced Norville would be hosting a prime-time program, broadcast from her homes in New York and Long Island. The Deborah Norville Show: From Her Home to Yours featured newsmaker interviews and also listener calls. The show ran from September 1991 to October 1992. When Deborah joined CBS News to resume her television career.
Deborah Norville CBS News
Deborah returned to television in October 1992, this is when she joined CBS News as a correspondent. Norville reported for Street Stories and 48 Hours, for which she won her second Emmy award for coverage of the Mississippi floods of 1994.
Norville was then assigned to the CBS Evening News and named co-anchor with Dana King of America Tonight, a prime-time news magazine. She was a semiregular anchor of the CBS Sunday Evening News from 1993 to 1995, which had been vacant since Connie Chung was promoted to co-anchor of the CBS Evening News.
Deborah Norville Inside Edition
The two-time Emmy Award winner is an anchor of INSIDE EDITION, the country’s top-rated and most-honored syndicated newsmagazine. Its ratings jumped 15% the week Norville joined the program and have elevated ever since. Throughout her time, the show has consistently ranked in the top ten television shows in first-run syndication for the past ten years. The television news magazine reaches a daily audience of just under 5 million viewers.
In 2016, Deborah, the longest-serving anchor on American television, was admitted formally in the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. She joined INSIDE EDITION in 1995 from CBS News where she was an anchor and also correspondent. She is the former co-host of NBC’s “Today” and anchor of NBC “News at Sunrise.” During her career, she has hosted the primetime “Deborah Norville Tonight” on MSNBC and also the national “Deborah Norville Show” on the ABC Talk Radio Network. Norville began her career at WAGA-TV in Atlanta, while she was still a student at the University of Georgia. There, she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated summa cum laude, 4.0, First Honor Graduate. Deborah has also been a reporter and anchor for WMAQ-TV.
Deborah Norville Yarn
She launched the Deborah Norville Collection of knit and crochet yarns in partnership with Premier Yarns, a North Carolina–based yarn manufacturer. She debuted the line at the 2009 Craft Hobby Show, the craft industry’s premier convention, where she served as the keynote speaker. The Norville yarn line and also other knit and crochet accessories are available in retail craft stores and online.
Deborah Norville Books
- Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Gratitude: 101 Stories about How Being Thankful Can Change Your Life
- Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Possible: 101 Stories about Using a Positive Attitude to Improve Your Life
- The Way We Are: Heroes, Scoundrels, and Oddballs from Twenty-five Years of Inside Edition
- Knit with Deborah Norville
- The Power of Respect: Benefit from the Most Forgotten
Deborah Norville Plastic Surgery
There were rumors that Norville had gotten plastic surgery. She has made a one-time appearance in 2015 TV series “The Game” and is considered by many to be too hot for her age. The people who believe that Norville had plastic surgery claim that a closer comparison between her older and newer photographs reveals some difference between her former and current self. Despite the speculations and rumors, the television personality has not yet accepted or denied the claim.
Deborah Norville Rheumatoid Arthritis
Deborah was just 10 years old when her mom was diagnosed with RA. It is a painful, often debilitating condition that strikes women as young as 30. During the time of her mother’s illness, her parents divorced. Her mother died when Norville was 20 years old.
Deborah Norville Cancer
The Inside Edition anchor underwent a surgery in April 2019 to remove a cancerous thyroid nodule from her neck – which was spotted by a viewer. The lump was first spotted years ago but turned out to be benign. Recent tests before the surgery turned cancerous and she needed the surgery for its removal.
She shared a photo of her on Instagram sitting on the sofa with a Band-Aid on her beck, a tall glass of water, and a pile of books to get through during her recovery. She also said that she will make a speedy recovery and will not need chemotherapy or radiation therapy, but she will however be on the show for some time.