Deborah Norville has served as Anchor of Inside Edition, the country’s top-rated and most honored syndicated newsmagazine, for the past 17 years. Throughout her tenure as Anchor, the show has consistently ranked in the top 10 television shows in first-run syndication. Her journalistic reputation and her ability to get to the heart of the story have been important factors in the broadcast’s success.
As Anchor of Inside Edition, Norville has covered and broadcasted from the scene of some of the biggest news stories including Washington D.C. on 9/11, the funerals of President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II, the inauguration of President Barack Obama, and the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton. Most recently, Norville interviewed Michelle Obama on-site at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
Norville made headlines in 2000 and won two national reporting awards for her groundbreaking coverage from a North Carolina prison known as the “toughest jail in America.” There, she spent five days living behind bars as an inmate to give viewers an unprecedented view on prison life.
Norville’s signature “jobs reports” have been a favorite of Inside Edition viewers. Last season, she was a call screener on the popular syndicated radio program, Elvis Duran and the Morning Show. Among other things, she’s been a toll taker at the Lincoln Tunnel, a California fruit picker, a peanut salesman at a Philadelphia Phillies baseball game, a nanny for a family of ten children, and a dishwasher and chef at a New York City diner. In 2010, Norville was given unprecedented access by the FAA to work as a flight attendant to show viewers what life is like for them in a post-9/11 world.
On a much lighter note, Deborah has taken viewers inside the music industry by reinventing herself as a rock diva: writing, recording and shooting a music video and album for a music CD. In what might have been her ultimate test, she sang the National Anthem for a Los Angeles Angels baseball game.
Norville is also a best-selling and prolific author. Her book “Thank You Power: Making the Science of Gratitude Work for YOU” (2007, Thomas Nelson) which detailed the connection between gratitude and enhanced cognitive function and energy was a New York Times best-seller. She is also the author of “The Power of Respect: Benefit From the Most Forgotten Element of Success” (2007, Thomas Nelson); “Back on Track: How to Straighten Out Your Life When it Throws You a Curve” (1997 – Simon & Schuster); two children’s books, “I Don’t Want To Sleep Tonight” and “I Can Fly” (1999, 2001, Golden Books); and “Knit With Deborah Norville” (2010, Leisure Arts) a collection of knitting patterns. She is also a contributor to the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series of books, including “Think Positive” (2010 – CSS Publications).
A lifelong crafter and seamstress, Norville is behind the Deborah Norville Yarn Collection, a line of high-quality yarn for knit and crochet enthusiasts found in top chains, including Joann Stores.
A two-time Emmy winner, Norville began her career at WAGA –TV in Atlanta, while still a student at the University of Georgia, where she graduated summa cum laude, 4.0 First Honor Graduate. She has been a reporter and anchor for WMAQ-TV, Chicago, as well as Anchor for NBC News’ Today Show and NBC News at Sunrise, CBS News’s Street Stories and America Tonight and MSNBC’s Deborah Norville Tonight.
Married, the mother of three, Norville is active with many charities including the Broadcasters Foundation of America, Girl Scout Council of Greater New York and Rita Hayworth (Alzheimer’s) gala, and has also been the National Celebrity Spokesperson for the March of Dimes. She is also in demand as a lecturer and guest on shows including Today and Good Morning America and is a regular presence at the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the year Conference. She can be reached via her website: www.DeborahNorville.com