Deborah Norville - Biography

Last Modified: Jul 29, 2020

Deborah Norville
Profession: Journalist, Businesswoman
Best Known For: Inside Edition
Salary: $4 million
Net Worth: $18 million

Personal Details

Born on : August 8, 1958 (age 63)
Birth Name /
Full Name:
Deborah Anne Norville
Birth Place: Dalton, Georgia, USA
Horoscope: Leo
Father's Name: Zachary Samuel Norville
Mother's Name: Merle O. Norville
Siblings: 3

Cathy Amos (sister)
Patti Silvers (sister)
Nancy Hallsworth (sister)

University: University of Georgia
Ethnicity: N/A
Nationality: American


Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Married Date: December 12, 1987
Husband's Name: Karl Wellner

Body Measurements

Height: 1.73 meter (5 feet 8 inch)
Weight: 61 kg (134.48 lb)
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Blue
Shoe Size: 8.5 US
Dress Size: 6 US
Breast Size: 35 inch
Waist Size: 26 inch
Hip Size: 36 inch
Bra Size: 34
Cup Size: B

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Who is Deborah Norville?

Deborah Norville is a journalist, businesswoman by profession and American by nationality. She has been the anchor of TV newsmagazine Inside Edition since March 1995.

Deborah Norville: Age, Parents, Siblings

Deborah Norville’s birth took place on August 8, 1958, in Dalton, Georgia, United States. She was born as Deborah Anne Norville to parents Zachary Samuel Norville and Merle O. Norville. She has three siblings, all sisters. Her sisters Cathy Amos, Patti Silvers, and Nancy Hallsworth work in the family business, Norville Industries.

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Education, Ethnicity

For education, she attended the University of Georgia. She graduated summa cum laude with a BA in journalism with a 4.0-grade point average.

She had also taken part beauty competition and won her town’s local Junior Miss contest and went on to represent Georgia in the 1976 America’s Junior Miss pageant. While at the University, Norville served on the Main Court of the University’s Student Judiciary.

Her ethnicity is not cleared yet.

Deborah Norville: Boyfriend, Husband, Children, Divorce

Deborah Norville is a happily married woman. She married Swedish businessman Karl Wellner on 12 December 1987. The couple welcomed their first child, daughter Karl Nikolai “Niki” Wellner on February 27, 1991.

Source: Heavy (Deborah Norville, Karl Wellner pictured in 2018)

Their son Kyle Wellner was born on December 12, 1994. He is now a graduate of Deerfield Academy and is currently enrolled at Duke University where he plays for the College football team. Norville and husband's third child, daughter Mikaela Wellner was born in September 1997 and is enrolled at the Duke University (2016-2020).

Deborah Norville: Career

Before fame

Deborah Norville began her career while still a student at the University. She interned at Georgia Public Television where she covered Georgia General Assembly. While in senior year in college, she landed a weekend reporting position, having to commute 60 miles between school in Athens and college in Atlanta.

After graduating from the University, she worked at WAGA-TV as a full-time, becoming a weekend anchor in October 1979. In 1982 Deborah Norville was hired as a reporter by WMAQ-TV and in January  1987, she joined NBC News in New York.

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Worked with

At NBC news Norville became an anchor of NBC News at Sunrise sometimes working as a substitute on NBC’s Today Show. In September 1989, she was selected as an anchor for Today Show. 

She began to host the show in January 1990. But the ratings on the show decreased. After Norville took maternity leave in 1991, she did not return to the show.

She hosted The Deborah Norville Show: From Her Home to Yours, an ABC Radio Talk show from September 1991 to October 1992 before finally returning to CBS News as a correspondent in October 1992.

There she has reported for Street Stories, 48 Hours, CBS Evening News. In March 1995, she was named anchor of Inside Edition. The position she has been holding makes her the longest-serving female anchor on national television.

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In addition, she is also a writer and has written for Inside Sports. Her books include Thank You Power: Making the Science of Gratitude Work for You, The Way We Are: Heroes, Scoundrels, and Oddballs from 25 Years of Inside Edition.

She has also written several knit and crochet pattern books, namely,  Knit With Deborah Norville—18 Classic Designs For The Whole Family and children’s book I Don't Want to Sleep Tonight and I Can Fly

Worked with

Norville has been professionally associated with Paula Jones, Steven Fabian, Lisa Guerrero, Victoria Recaño.

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Deborah Norville: Cancer

Deborah Norville’s viewers noticed a lump on Norville's neck and alerted her. After a doctor’s visit, she was diagnosed with a  thyroid nodule and kept an eye on it so it didn’t grow or transform.

After the lump turned into thyroid cancer, she decided to undergo surgery. On April 1, 2019, Norville announced that she would be undergoing surgery to remove the cancerous thyroid nodule. Since then she has kept her followers updated on her recovery process via social media.

Deborah Norville: Awards, Nominations

Norville has won Emmy awards for her covering NBC’s coverage of the democratic uprising in Romania, and for coverage of the Mississippi floods of 1994

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Deborah Norville: Net Worth, Salary

The net worth and annual salary of Norville is estimated to be around $4 million and $18 million respectively.

Deborah Norville: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

On Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Deborah Norville is active. She also has an official website -

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