Deborah's two Emmy's were for 48 Hours covering the Mississippi floods and one for NBC news for the democratic uprising in Romania.
In 2002 the Broadcaster's Foundation awarded Deborah its prestigious Avatar award in recognition of outstanding broadcasting excellence and commitment to community affairs.
Deborah claims that her mother was her inspiration as a child. Her mom suffered from a health crisis and died when Deborah was 20.
When Deborah joined Inside Edition, ratings jumped 15 percent her first week.
Deborah graduated from the University of Georgia as a Phi Betta Kappa with a 4.0 GPA.
Deborah won Georgia's Jr. Miss beauty pageant. Her talent was sewing, people were surprised that she didn't sing or dance.
Deborah's father (Zach) and her 3 sisters (Nancy, Cathy, and Patti) still live in her hometown of Dalton.
Deborah's husband's name is Karl Mellner. They have 3 children, Niki, Kyle and Michaela.
Deborah owns 2 dogs--yellow labs named Polo and Puck.
While working for NBC news, Deborah filmed a public service announcement about peer pressure for The More You Know campaign.
Deborah: (On looks in media) Appearance will get you in the door – incompetence will get you out even faster! But I must say, it was with relish, after the Today show, that I pointed out I couldn't possibly have gotten my talk show with ABC Radio thanks to blonde hair and blue eyes!
Deborah: (On parenting)
I think our job as parents is to give our kids roots to grow and wings to fly. I want my kids to be curious, to be interested in a lot of things, to be confident, and to feel they belong in any number of situations.
Deborah: It is important for women to know who they are, and to know what makes their hearts sing.
Deborah: If I have time to exercise, I do it, but I don't fixate on numbers like weight or waist size. Numbers don't work for me.