Two-time Emmy© Award winner Deborah Norville is Anchor of Inside Edition, the country’s top-rated and most honored syndicated newsmagazine. Ratings jumped 15% the week Norville joined the program and have remained high ever since. Throughout her tenure, the show has consistently ranked in the top ten television shows in first-run syndication. Inside Edition reaches a daily audience of just under five million viewers.
Deborah recently returned to Inside Edition after a two week break for surgery to remove most of her thyroid following a cancer scare. The first sign that something might be wrong came years ago, when an Inside Edition viewer reached out to say she’d seen a lump on Deborah’s neck. Norville said she saw a doctor, who said it was nothing at that time, but she has continued to have the lump looked at since, and had learned that nodules on her thyroid tested positive for cancer.
Deborah Norville is currently the longest serving anchor on American television and an inductee into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. The veteran journalist joined Inside Edition in 1995 from CBS News where she was anchor and correspondent. Norville is the former co-host of NBC’s “Today” and anchor of NBC "News at Sunrise." During the course of her career she has hosted the primetime “Deborah Norville Tonight” on MSNBC and the national “Deborah Norville Show” on the ABC Talk Radio Network. She began her career at WAGA –TV in Atlanta, while still a student at the University of Georgia, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated summa cum laude, 4.0 First Honor Graduate. She has also been a reporter and anchor for WMAQ-TV.
Norville is also a best-selling author and lecturer. Her book, Thank You Power: Making the SCIENCE of Gratitude Work for YOU, detailing the connection between gratitude and enhanced cognitive function and energy, was a New York Times best-seller as well as a best-seller in South Korea. She is also co-author and contributor to the popular Chicken Soup for the Soul series and the author of several other self-help books, as well as two best-selling children’s books and a number of books featuring knit and crochet patterns.
A lifelong crafter, Norville credits the confidence needed for her career to her love of crafting. She made much of her wardrobe early in her career and today enjoys sewing for her home. She has been the face of her own line of yarn and needles and is often knitting or crocheting off camera on the television set.
Norville is a member of the Board of Directors for the Viacom Corporation and serves on the Compensation Committee. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Women's Forum of New York, and Women Corporate Directors. Norville serves as a Director for the Broadcasters Foundation of America. She is a past board member of the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York, Rita Hayworth (Alzheimer’s) Steering Committee. She is also on the boards of two privately held family firms.
She is married and the mother of three.
"All I can say is 'WOW'. Every year I keep saying that our banquet could not possibly get any better but last night was absolutely incredible. Obviously, I was hoping that Deborah would integrate a certain amount of her faith within the context of her remarks but she exceeded my (and everyone else's) expectations. She was absolutely brilliant. I knew she was a very bright person but she even wove some of the preceding student testimonies within the context of her remarks. She remembered everyone's name, their unique situation, etc., all from memory. Her mind is a real sponge. She did it all without taking any notes. And in terms of the personal side, she shook every hand, took every photo, signed every book she was asked to – all without complaint. I just had a feeling that she would be a good fit for us but I don't believe anyone ever dreamed that she would knock the ball out of the park the way she did. So thanks so much for making this happen."
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