Not everyone has the nerve to forgo the security of salaried jobs to pursue a personal endeavor or establish a business. People who do this are called entrepreneurs and more often than not, their business ideas pay heavily and even take them to places their salaried jobs wouldn’t have ordinarily taken them to. We have a lot of them today and Deborah Norville is one of them. Apart from investing her time and money in a chain of businesses, she is a writer as well as a renowned journalist who has worked with a handful of mega-media brands in the United States of America.
Deborah Norville’s Bio and Age
The daughter of Zachary Samuel Norville (father) and Merle O. Norville (mother), the American businesswoman was born on the 8th of August 1958, in Dalton, Georgia, in the U.S. Her full name is Deborah Anne Norville. After completing her high school education, Deborah was admitted into the University of Georgia to study journalism. Her initial goal was to study law but after she saw the behind-the-scenes work of the CBS TV production crew at the 1976 America’s Junior Miss pageant, she switched her interest to journalism. The businesswoman had represented Georgia in the beauty contest – that was after she emerged the winner of her town’s beauty contest for high school senior girls called Junior Miss contest in the year 1999.
Upon completing her studies at Georgia, Anne passed out with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism (with summa cum with a perfect 4.0-grade point). The journalist also received a mention as a First Honor Graduate and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. During her years in college, Norville was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority as well as an official on the Main Court of the University’s Student Judiciary.
It was also while she was at Georgia University that she launched her TV career after she bagged an internship through Georgia Public Television. She spearheaded a nightly program on the Georgia General Assembly called The Lawmakers, after which she received a summer internship from an executive of WAGA-TV in Atlanta, who discovered her on one of the days she was on duty. She eventually became a full-time reporter for WAGA-TV after graduation, from where she joined WMAQ-TV as a reporter and later anchor in 1982. After an impressive stint with the firm, Deborah began anchoring NBC News at Sunrise at NBC, New York, in January 1987.
In May 1991, Anne began working as the host of a prime-time program on ABC TalkRadio Networks from her homes in Long Island and New York. The broadcast, which was captioned: The Deborah Norville Show: From Her Home to Yours aired from September 1991 to October 1992, when she decided to resume her TV career with CBS News. During her stint as CBS News correspondent, she received her second Emmy award for reporting for Street Stories and 48 Hours and covering the Mississippi floods of 1994.
Deborah Norville’s next stop was at MSNBC in 2003 as its prime-time lineup. After hosting a 9 p.m. program for two years, she decided to leave Deborah Norville Tonight.
Together with her TV career, the American media sensation frequently moonlights as a writer, having served as a contributing editor in various firms. In addition to her three other books, she is the writer of the New York Times best-seller Thank You Power: Making the Science of Gratitude Work for You (Thomas Nelson, 2007). Her writing resume also features several knit and crochet pattern books (including Knit With Deborah Norville—18 Classic Designs For The Whole Family), several editions of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series as well as two children’s books (I Can Fly (Golden Books,1991), I Don’t Want to Sleep Tonight (Golden Books, 2001).
Norville also has her personal knit and crotchet line called Deborah Norville Collection of knit and crochet yarns, which she produces in partnership with a North Carolina–based yarn manufacturer called Premier Yarns. Her yarn, knit and crochet accessories are all available online and in retail craft stores. As of 2013, she serves as a member of Viacom Corporation’s compensation committee following her election to the company’s board of directors in March 2013.
The Dalton, Georgia-born sensation is worth $6 million. Although many believe part of her wealth is tied to her relationship with her husband, Norville mainly makes her money from writing, journalism, and business channels.
Family – Husband and Children
Deborah Anne Norville is a mother of three children which she shares with her Swedish husband Karl Wellner. Karl, also a successful businessman, legally tied the knot with Norville in the year 1987. The names of their children are Mikaela Wellner, Kyle Wellner, and Niki Wellner.