In this installment of “22 Minutes,” 1010 WINS anchor Brigitte Quinn sits down with veteran journalist and longtime “Inside Edition” anchor Deborah Norville.
Quinn and Norville, who go way back, talk about their career overlaps, how grateful Norville is to be on the air and what she learned from “getting toasted” when she was host of the “Today Show.”
BQ: So you … 21 years in March on Inside Edition. How did that happen?
DN: I have no earthly idea. I am so blessed. As you said, our careers have ducktailed so many times over the years and there was one point in my career nobody would have bet .50 cents that I would be back on television much less on a show that’s number one it its genre and that I would be 21 years on that same show. I am just a very grateful person.
BQ: I read somewhere … longest female anchor for a daily TV show?
DN: Actually it’s the longest anchor. If you look at all of the national anchors on television right now, nobody’s been on a daily, nationwide show longer than me which is probably more testament to the fragility of anybody’s hold on their job than any great accomplishment on my part.
BQ: When you say Deborah Norville, a lot of people say, ‘Oh yeah. There was that “Today Show” thing.’
DN: Only when people in the media ask me about it. I never get questions from regular people about it. I think we in the news media we look at ourselves, we examine our navels and we kind of look at each other’s careers.
Yeah I mean I totally got toasted when I was the host of the “Today Show,” I was out on my ear…I didn’t think I’d be back in the business but what I learned from that, and I did write a book called “Back On Track” because I felt like I had gotten a PhD in something very important which is called “resilience” and most of us are not going to have our careers blow up on national television, but it’s a good chance that there could be another financial calamity and your retirement savings can take a giant hit. Um, there’s a possibility that your spouse can come in and say, ‘Honey I’m in love and it’s not with you,’ the doctor can say, ‘Here’s the problem and we don’t know how to fix it.’
There’s a lot of ways the trap door can fall out from under you and what I learned when it happened to me is the way you get back on track is: Forget about those labels, forget that you’re a news anchor, forget that you’re a professional person whatever it is — figure out who you are and use that as the … the center hub of how you define yourself.
About Deborah Norville:
Deborah Norville is a two-time national Emmy winner and mother of three who currently anchors the nationally syndicated show,Inside Edition. She previously worked as a correspondent for Street Stories, 48 Hours and served as co-anchor for America Tonight and Today. In addition to “Back On Track,” she has also written two children’s books, “I Don’t Want to Sleep Tonight” and “I Can Fly.” She is a First Honor Graduate, Summa Cum Laude, of the University of Georgia.
About Brigitte Quinn:
Brigitte anchors mornings at 1010 WINS radio and has worked in broadcasting for more than thirty years. She was a TV anchor at the Fox News Channel, MSNBC and NBC. She holds an MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence College and a BS from Cornell University. Her first novel, “Anchored” was published in 2015.
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