Debbye Turner-Bell

Former CBS News Correspondent; Miss America 1990; Animal Planet Expert Contributor

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Dr. Debbye Turner Bell’s first passion is motivational speaking. Since being crowned Miss America in 1990, Turner Bell has spoken to millions of students at countless schools, youth organizations and college campuses. She has addressed » Read Full Bio

Dr. Debbye Turner Bell’s first passion is motivational speaking. Since being crowned Miss America in 1990, Turner Bell has spoken to millions of students at countless schools, youth organizations and college campuses. She has addressed audiences in the corporate, academic, and community service arenas. Her topics include personal excellence, determination, goal setting and the importance of a solid education. Turner Bell’s beliefs reflect her own life-lessons – it took seven years and eleven tries in two states before she was crowned Miss America.

Turner Bell can be seen as an expert contributor to the show DOGS 101 on Animal Planet. For 11 years, Turner Bell enjoyed her role in broadcast journalism as a staff correspondent for CBS News starting in 2001. She covered a variety of subjects, and was from time to time called upon to cover breaking and developing news.  Turner Bell was dubbed The Early Show's resident veterinarian sharing a wealth of advice about quality pet care. In 2002, Debbye garnered an interview with President & Mrs. Bush at the White House for a Pet Planet segment about the first family’s pets. Periodically she reported for the CBS Evening News.  And she provided an in-depth look at the working dogs of the federal agency, Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) for CBS Sunday Morning.  Turner Bell hosted a prime time television magazine program called "48 Hours on WE."  Prior to joining CBS, she co-hosted a local television magazine program called "ShowMe St. Louis."

Over the last 23 years, Turner Bell has found time to serve on many local, state and national boards, including the National Council on Youth leadership, Children's Miracle Network, Missouri Division of Youth Services and Mathews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club, and the National Advisory Child Health and Human Development Council, which is an advisory council to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, which is an institute in the National Institutes of Health.

Turner Bell graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in May 1991 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture in May 1986 from Arkansas State University. Turner Bell lives in the New York City area with her husband and daughter.

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Media files by Debbye Turner-Bell

  • Guest on Melissa Harris Perry Show
  • Dr. Debbye is in, Answering Viewer Questions About Dogs
  • Conversation Clips From Arise America
  • Lisa Brateman with Debbye Turner Bell, Arise TV, Mother-Daughter Relationship
  • Debbye Turner-Bell Asks Questions

Speaker Programs (Click on each program to view the description)

Being a Woman in a Man's World
Although the glass ceiling still exists in many professions for women, it will take the undeniable strength, creativity, and determination natural to all women to break through that invisible, frustrating barrier.
My Life As Miss America
When I was crowned Miss America 1990, it changed every aspect of my life. Not only did I meet Bill Cosby, Pres. George Bush, Sr., and Oprah Winfrey, but I accumulated one quarter of a million frequent flier miles. Trust me, life was more than waving perfectly and hoping for world peace! Go with me into the world of glamour, gossip, and good works. Re-live my journey and hijinks as 'Miss A'.
Effective Communication
It does not matter how fabulous our thoughts and ideas are, if we cannot communicate them to the world. The key is crafting your message, then being a dynamic messenger is to step up and speak up.
Stereotypes
Those who hold stereotypes have a limited view of others. Don't allow others' limited view of you keep you from fulfilling your entire potential.
Real Role Models
It takes more than a celebrity or rock star to influence young people. Every caring, compassionate adult has the ability to inspire youth.
Motivating Youth
Young people will live up to or down to your expectations. If you expect the best from them, chances are they will expect the best from themselves.
Responsible Pet Ownership
Our pets give us unconditional love and affection. The absolute least we can do is return the favor with protection and attention. Learn what your pets think, need, and love.

Topics

  • Women In Business
  • Women Keynote Speakers
  • Women's Conferences Speakers
  • Youth

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