Special Guest Emcee
Deborah Ferguson, Morning News Anchor, NBC 5
Deborah Ferguson sometimes can’t believe the dream she had way back as a third grader really did come true. Hard work, a commitment to her craft and some luck have added up to a 30-year career at her hometown station, NBC 5.
Deborah is now an anchor for NBC 5 Today weekday mornings 4:30 a.m. – 7:00 a.m. She earned a degree in broadcast journalism from Texas Christian University. Soon after graduation, she landed a job as a reporter for WBAP Radio and recently celebrated her 30th anniversary at NBC 5 with Mayor Betsy Price declaring February 18, 2021 as Deborah Ferguson Day.
Through the years, Deborah’s news stories have taken her into City Council chambers, board meetings, operating rooms, houses of worship and into people’s homes and lives. She has earned a reputation of trustworthiness, a commitment to get it right and a willingness, sometimes insistence, to work the long hours often needed in news.
Deborah is dedicated to connecting with people and the community she loves. She often volunteers to help local charitable organizations when she’s not in the newsroom. She emcees and moderates numerous events and has continued that commitment, although virtually, this past year. Her pet project is the Young Women’s Leadership Academy, the first all-girls school in the Fort Worth ISD. She is a founding member of the non-profit, Foundation for the Young Women’s Leadership Academy of Fort Worth, which supports the school. It is her opportunity to pass along the advice, encouragement and wisdom so many shared with her and to pay it forward to the next generation of girls who dare to dream big.
Deborah has earned professional recognition including a regional Edward R. Murrow Award, the Gracie Award for Outstanding Anchor in News presented by American Women in Radio and Television, numerous Emmys, Tellys, honors from American Women in Communications, Association for Women Journalists, the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, the Texas Medical Association, the Dallas Press Club, and many more.
Deborah is married to Steve Lamb, sports anchor on the WBAP Morning News team. Fans often tell the couple they watch Deborah while getting ready for work and listen to Steve on the drive in. If you see ‘em around town, get ‘em to tell you the story of how Steve tried to propose as Deborah covered one of the biggest news events in Texas.