TV journalist to talk on civility and ‘think possible’

Two-time Emmy Award winner Deborah Norville, the anchor of “Inside Edition,” will speak about “Civility: The Power of Thank You, Mutual Respect and Thinking Possible” on Oct. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at The Ferguson Library, 96 Broad Street, Stamford, Conn..

Her appearance is part of a series on Civility in America, sponsored by The Dilenschneider Group, Hearst Media Group in Connecticut and The Ferguson Library.

The veteran journalist joined “Inside Edition” in 1995 from “CBS News,” where she was anchor and correspondent. Norville is the former co-host of NBC’s “Today” and anchor of NBC “News at Sunrise.” During the course of her career, she has hosted the primetime “Deborah Norville Tonight” on MSNBC and the national “Deborah Norville Show” on the ABC Talk Radio Network.

“Inside Edition” is the country’s top-rated and most honored syndicated newsmagazine. Ratings jumped 15% the week Norville joined the program and have remained high ever since. Throughout her tenure, the show has consistently ranked in the top ten television shows in first-run syndication. “Inside Edition” reaches a daily audience of just under 5 million viewers.

Norville began her career at WAGA –TV in Atlanta, while still a student at the University of Georgia, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated summa cum laude, 4.0 First Honor Graduate. She has also been a reporter and anchor for WMAQ-TV.

Norville is a best-selling author and lecturer. Her book, Thank You Power: Making the SCIENCE of Gratitude Work for YOU (Thomas Nelson), which explores the connection between gratitude and enhanced cognitive function and energy, was a New York Times best-seller.

She is a contributor to the popular “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series, and her latest book in that series is Think Possible, which will be released Oct. 6. She is also the author of several other self-help books, as well as two best-selling children’s books and a number of books featuring knit and crochet patterns.

A lifelong crafter and seamstress, Norville is the creative force behind the Deborah Norville Yarn Collection, a line of high-quality yarn for knit and crochet enthusiasts. The product has enjoyed exponential growth since its launch in 2009 and has sold more than 6 million skeins of yarn.

Norville has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Viacom Corporation and is on the boards of two privately held family firms.

Married and the mother of three, Norville serves as a Director for the Broadcasters Foundation of America. She is a past board member of the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York and the Rita Hayworth (Alzheimer’s) Steering Committee.

Public opinion polls show that in every sector of society, civility has declined, and this decline is manifested in political attacks, lack of personal decency, outrage in the media and cyber-assaults in the blogosphere.

Robert L. Dilenschneider, founder and president of The Dilenschneider Group, who conceived the idea for the series, said, “Incivility has become socially acceptable and commonplace. The lack of civility in every segment of society, from politics to academia, from the media to the blogosphere, from talk radio to the pulpit, has become a crippling epidemic that threatens the future of our country. Something must be done.”

For information about the series, call (203)-351-8231, or register online at

Deborah Norville

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