Two-time Emmy Award-winning Inside Edition anchor Deborah Norville was presented with the 2009 Allen B. DuMont Broadcaster of the Year Award at Montclair State University’s DuMont Television Center on October 2. The Broadcaster of the Year Award is given to individuals who have made a significant contribution to the field of broadcasting.
Since joining Inside Edition as anchor 14 years ago, Norville has led the program to the top spot among syndicated television newsmagazines. Prior to Inside Edition, she was a correspondent for several CBS News magazine programs and also co-host of NBC’s Today show. She began her career at television stations in Atlanta and Chicago. In addition to broadcasting, Norville is also the author of books for both adults and children, and is in demand as a speaker.
Following an interview with Assistant Professor Marc Rosenweig for a special edition of the Department of Broadcasting’s weekly show, Carpe Diem, Norville spoke to a standing-room-only master class of broadcasting students. She discussed her life in journalism; spoke about her next book, The Power of Respect, which is due in book stores on October 13; offered advice to those looking to go into the field; and led a lively question and answer session.
Questions ranged from general inquiries for tips on how to prepare to be an on-camera journalist (“Be a great writer”), to more personal questions such as how she separates her often emotionally-intense work life from her home life. “I don’t take it home with me anymore,” replied Norville. “But I think it’s important to feel the emotion of the story. Emotion is always a part of a well-told story.”
Established in 1985, the Broadcaster of the Year Award has honored noted individuals in the field including Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes, Roz Abrams, formerly of Eyewitness News, and Bob McGrath of Sesame Street. The selection of candidates is based on recommendations by faculty and staff of the Department of Broadcasting and the DuMont Television Center at Montclair State University.
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View a clip from Marc Rosenweig's "Carpe Diem" interview with Deborah Norville.