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Norville, Deborah 1958–


Full name, Deborah Anne Norville; born August 8, 1958, in Dalton, GA; daughter of Zachary S. (a textile engineer) and Merle (a manufacturing executive; maiden name, Olson) Norville; married Karl Gert Wellner (an auction house executive), December 12, 1987; children: Karl Nikolai, Kyle Maximilian, Mikaela Katharina. Education: University of Georgia, B.J. (summa cum laude), 1979. Avocational Interests: Sewing, cooking, gardening, golf, skiing, scuba diving.

Addresses: Agent— Ken Lindner, Ken Lindner and Associates, 2049 Century Park E., Suite 3050, Los Angeles, CA; Henry Reisch, William Morris Agency, 1 William Morris Pl., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Career: Broadcast journalist, producer, and writer. WQMT–FM Radio, Chatsworth, GA, staff member, 1977; WAGA–TV, Atlanta, GA, reporter, 1978–81, anchor, 1979–81; WMAQ–TV, Chicago, IL, reporter and anchor, 1982–86; NBC News, New York City, anchor, 1987–89; CBS News, New York City, anchor; ABC–Radio, talk show host and lecturer; appears in commercials for charitable organizations. March of Dimes, cohost of Mothers March, 2000; New York City Council of Girl Scouts, board member, 1989; honorary board member, Children's Mental Health Alliance, Everybody Wins, and Girls on the Move; fundraiser for organizations fighting heart disease, cancer, and arthritis.

Member: Society of Professional Journalists, Phi Beta Kappa.

Awards, Honors: Chosen to be Georgia Junior Miss, 1976; silver plaque, Chicago Film Festival, 1984, for a broadcast on missing children; Emmy Award nominations, 1986, for a documentary on domestic violence, and 1989; named Anchor of the Year 2000, Washington Journalism Review, 1989; named person of the year, Chicago Broadcast Advertising Club, 1989; Gracie Award, American Women in Radio and Television; local Emmy Awards.


Television Appearances; Series:

Anchor, NBC News at Sunrise(also known as News at Sunrise), NBC, 1987–89.

News anchor, Today (also known as NBC News Today and The Today Show), NBC, 1989.

Cohost, Today(also known as NBC News Today and The Today Show), NBC, 1990–91.

Correspondent, Street Stories, CBS, 1993.

Coanchor, America Tonight, CBS, 1994.

Host, Inside Edition, syndicated, 1995–2007.

Hollywood Squares (also known as H2 and H2: Hollywood Squares), syndicated, multiple appearances, between 1998 and 2003.

Host, Deborah Norville Tonight, MSNBC, 2004–2005.

Intern reporter for The Lawmakers, Georgia public television.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Assignment Africa—An Inside Story Special Edition, PBS, 1986.

Correspondent, "Of Macho and Men," Summer Showcase, NBC, 1988.

Judge, The 1988 Miss America Pageant, NBC, 1988.

Reporter, Decision '88, NBC, 1988.

Cohost, The Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, NBC, 1989, 1990.

Correspondent, The Abortion Dilemma: Rights and Lives, NBC, 1989.

Correspondent, Bad Girls, NBC, 1989.

Presidential Inauguration, NBC, 1989.

Anchor, Kids and Sports: Taking the Risk, NBC, 1990.

Anchor, Sex, Buys, and Advertising, NBC, 1990.

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: The 28th Anniversary Special, NBC, 1990.

Judge, The 76th Annual Miss America Pageant, NBC, 1996.

Indecision '96: The Republican National Convention, Comedy Central, 1996.

Intimate Portrait: Star Jones, Lifetime, 1999.

Narrator, Intimate Portrait: Sally Ride, Lifetime, 1999.

Intimate Portrait: Joan Rivers, Lifetime, 1999.

Host, 1999 America's Junior Miss, The Nashville Network, 1999.

Host, America's Junior Miss Pageant 2000, The Nashville Network, 2000.

Narrator, Intimate Portrait: Deidre Hall, Lifetime, 2001.

Intimate Portrait: Deborah Norville, Lifetime, 2001.

The Great American History Quiz: 50 States, History Channel, 2001.

Host, America's Junior Miss, The Nashville Network, 2001.

(In archive footage) "Jane Pauley v. Deborah Norville,"101 Biggest Celebrity Oops, 2004.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Late Night with David Letterman, NBC, 1991.

"Deborah Norville," Lauren Hutton and , 1995.

Howard Stern, 1997.

Healthy Kids, 1998.

The Daily Show (also known as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Global Edition, and Jon Stewart), Comedy Central, 1998.

The Martin Short Show, 1999.

The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 2001.

Herself, The Young and the Restless (also known as Y&R), CBS, 2003.

The Tony Danza Show, syndicated, 2005.

(In archive footage) "Left of the Dial," America Under-cover, 2005.

On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren, Fox News Channel, 2005, 2006.

The View, ABC, 2007.

"Celebrity Authors," Larry King Live, Cable News Network, 2007.

Television Work:

Producer and director, Sex, Buys, and Advertising (special), NBC, 1990.

Producer, Deborah Norville Tonight (series), MSNBC, 2004–2005.

Film Appearances:

(In archive footage) The Panama Deception (documentary), Empowerment Project, 1992.

(Uncredited; in archive footage) The Source, 1999.

Radio Appearances; Series:

Host of Deborah Norville Show, syndicated.


Television Series:

Deborah Norville Tonight, MSNBC, 2004–2005.

Television Specials:

"Of Macho and Men," Summer Showcase, NBC, 1988.

Sex, Buys, and Advertising, NBC, 1990.


Back on Track: How to Straighten Out Your Life When It Throws You a Curve, Simon & Schuster, 1997.

I Don't Want to Sleep Tonight (juvenile), Golden Books, 1999.

I Can Fly (juvenile), Golden Books, 2001.

Thank You Power: Making the Science of Gratitude Work for You, Thomas Nelson, 2007.

Contributing editor, McCall's.



Newsweek, October 15, 2007, p. 14.

O, February, 2002, p. 49.

Parade, August 24, 2003, p. 14.

People Weekly, March 25, 1991, p. 66.

Saturday Evening Post, March, 1990, p. 44.

USA Today, October 1, 2007, p. 8D.

Woman's Day, September 14, 2004, p. 21; February 14, 2006, pp. 45–48, 52; July 11, 2006, p. 135.


Intimate Portrait: Deborah Norville (television special), Lifetime, 2001.

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