Deborah Norville

Host of CBS's "Inside Edition"

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Veteran journalist Deborah Norville has been anchor of "Inside Edition" since March 1995. Ratings jumped 15 percent the week the two-time Emmy winner joined the series, which is now the nation’s top-rated syndicated newsmagazine.

Norville’s work in television has made her a household name. As anchor of "Inside Edition," she has covered a wide variety of stories and events. She broadcast from Washington, DC, hours after the terror attacks of 9/11; was in Rome for t he funeral of Pope John Paul II; anchored "Inside Edition’s" coverage of the funeral of President Ronald Reagan and the inauguration of President Barack Obama; and is regularly on the red carpet for Hollywood’s star-studded events, including the Oscars and the Emmy Awards.

A best-selling author, Norville’s latest book, "The Power of Respect: Benefit from the Most Forgotten Element of Success," provides a timely explanation of the measurable increases in productivity, creativity, and other benefits that result from respectful behavior. The book follows her New York Times bestseller "Thank You Power: Making the SCIENCE of Gratitude Work for YOU." "Thank You Power" brought together for the first time the growing body of academic research proving the benefits of gratitude.

A sought-after lecturer, Deborah Norville speaks with candor and humor about dealing with life’s curves and juggling a career and motherhood.

Norville’s reporting career began while she was a student at the University of Georgia. As a reporter for WAGA-TV in Atlanta, she conducted a live interview with then-President Jimmy Carter. After graduating summa cum laude from UGA, she was named weekend anchor at WAGA- TV. In 1982, she joined WMAQ -TV in Chicago as a reporter and then later as an anchor. In 1987, she joined NBC News as anchor of NBC News at Sunrise. Ratings jumped 40 percent her first three months in that position. Norville was later named news anchor and then co-host of NBC’s Today program, a position she held until the birth of her first child in 1991. She resumed her broadcasting career with “The Deborah Norville Show,” heard on more than 200 ABC Radio Network stations. She joined CBS News in 1993 as a correspondent and later an anchor for such programs as "Street Stories," "48 Hours," and CBS Evening News. She was also host of "Deborah Norville Tonight" on MSNBC.

Norville made headlines for her week of groundbreaking reports from a North Carolina penal institution known a s “the toughest jail in America”— which she conducted as an inmate. The story won Norville two national awards for reporting excellence. She snagged the first national interview with Bethany Hamilton, the young surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack in Hawaii. She was on the scene of the American Airlines jet crash in Cali, Colombia, and interviewed Paula Jones for the first wide-ranging talk about the lawsuit against then-President Bill Clinton. On a lighter note, she wrote and recorded a dance song and music video with "Inside Edition’s" cameras documenting the process.

In 2009, Norville capitalized on her lifelong love of fiber arts with The Deborah Norville Collection, a line of fine yarns for hand knitting and crocheting found in major craft stores around the country. Her companion book, "Knit with Deborah Norville," features a variety of classic patterns using yarns from her collection. In January 2013, the first of herDeborah Norville Craft Kits debuted on HSN shopping channel.

The Georgia native is also an adamant health advocate. “Considering I grew up in the South, we put grease on ev erything and I've got a family history, longer than this table, of heart disease,” she says. She openly shares her personal story surrounding heart disease and stresses the importance of taking care of oneself through proper nutrition and exercise, as well as decreasing the amount of stress in life. She profoundly believes in the power of gratitude as a means of strengthening health, as stress hormones such as cortisol, which promote the formatio of arterial plaque, are lessened with the practice of gratitude.

Norville is active in a number of charities. She has been a national celebrity spokesperson for the Mother’s March of Dimes, a director for Girl Scout Council of Greater New York, and a member of the Broadcasters Foundation, the Women’s Committee of Central Park, and the Steering Committee for the Rita Hayworth (Alzheimer’s) Gala.


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The Power of Respect: Benefit from the Most Forgotten Element of Success

Respect can make a meaningful and measurable difference in business, relationships, education, and self confidence. In this keynote presentation, Inside Edition's Deborah Norville describes the root of many of society's ills—a lack of respect—and shares how both giving and receiving respect can impact the following three core areas of an individual's life:

  • In Business: Employees work longer and harder and are more creative when there is a respectful work environment. Even more stunning are statistics that prove workers who have been respected are less likely to quit and tend not to sue—even when they are fired.

  • In Education: Norville discusses how respect in schools can help school systems find additional teaching days, simply because time is not spent writing up discipline reports and sending kids to the Principal's office. More impressively, test scores go up. Norville references one institution that was so chaotic it was put on lockdown because of a riot in the parking lot; in just three years, the "Power of Respect" made that same school a place kids were sad to leave.

  • In Relationships: Norville underscores how something as basic as common respect keeps marriages together and can help repair relationships that are broken. She emphasizes that in everyday interactions the "Power of Respect" is potent.

"Thank You Power": The Power of Gratitude

Deborah Norville presents an eye-opening talk showing how one can improve both their cognitive skills and energy level through what she calls "Thank You Power." The results are based on peer-reviewed research.

The World Today

From the eyes of a journalist, Deborah Norville offers a front-row seat to events-making news—whether it is the war in Afghanistan, the oil spill in the Gulf or the latest celebrity scandal—making sense of the event and providing an insider's perspective on what is behind the headlines.

Glass Ceilings or Sticky Floor?

What are the challenges women face today in business and their personal life? Insights from top researchers and personal anecdotes are the basis of this discussion filled with "take-home" information for audience members.

The Mommy Juggle

Back on Track: How to Straighten Out Your Life When It Throws You a Curve

Turning Passion Into Profit

Deborah explains the genesis of how she turned her lifelong love of needle-arts into a knit and crochet business sold in all major craft stores around the world


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