When you look at how Deborah Duncan
grew up, it's no surprise that she
ended up in the communication business.Her
early years were spent in Taiwan and Japan."Because my dad was in the military, we were constantly moving.I went to five different elementary schools.I tried to find out everything I could about my "new friends" the first week I was there."That's how Deborah
interviewing skills. Deborah
finished grade school in San Antonio where her
father retired.After graduating from high school, Deborah didn't want to leave Texas, so she enrolled at UT in Austin.She got her degree in radio/TV/film.Deborah got her start in the news business at an Austin radio station where she was a student intern.
"When they sent me out to get one story, I'd bring back six more just in case the original one wasn't good enough.I did the extra work out of fear.They thought I was just a hard worker and that's why they offered me a job."
After a couple of years in radio, Deborah
made the switch to television as a reporter at the CBS station in Austin. She
later became an anchor at the ABC station.During that time, a story that Deborah
had covered too often, touched home.A drunk driver killed her
later moved to Dallas where she
started a talk show called "Good Morning Texas" at WFAA-TV, the sister station of KHOU-TV."At first, talk shows didn't interest me.But it was nice to get a chance to expand on stories that touched our lives and, at the same time, explore the lighter side of life."Deborah
co-host were eventually asked to anchor the morning news.
After three years, Deborah
moved to New York City to co-host a talk show for Lifetime Television called "Our Home."While doing the show, Deborah
suffered a life-threatening brain aneurysm.
loved New York City, but "my heart was still in Texas."When ABC
executives approached Deborah
about down a talk show for possible national syndication, they wanted her
to do the show out of New York or Los Angeles.