NBC 5 Today anchor, Deborah Ferguson, wins the 2010 Gracie Award for Outstanding Anchor - News presented by American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT), a national non-profit organization whose mission is to advance the impact of women in the media.
Besides anchoring NBC 5 Today from 5-7 a.m. each weekday, Ferguson regularly produces reports for NBC 5 newscasts and special programs often dealing with health. She spends considerable time volunteering for community and charitable events and speaks frequently to school groups emphasizing the importance of education.
Throughout her career, Ferguson has been recognized by various organizations including American Women in Communications, Association for Women Journalists, American Cancer Society, Texas Medical Association, American Heart Association and the Dallas Press Club.
"I wanted to be a reporter ever since I was a little girl, but I never imagined getting an award as big as this. As prestigious as a Gracie is, I'm even more honored by letters from the community that supported my nomination. Thank you," says Ferguson.
Ferguson joined NBC 5 in 1991 as a reporter from WBAP radio. She is a Tarrant County native who graduated from Texas Christian University with a Broadcast Journalism degree.
This is KXAS' second national Gracie Award in two years. Anchor/reporter Kristi Nelson was honored for Outstanding Feature - Hard News Program, Market 1-25, in 2009.