Deborah Ferguson ’87 on Anchoring the NBC 5 News Team

After 25 years on the air, she still loves the newsroom.

(This story by Rachel Stowe Master ’91 originally appeared in the Spring 2016 issue of “TCU Magazine.”)

Growing up reading the morning newspaper with her father, NBC5 Today anchor Deborah Ferguson ’87 knew she wanted to be a news reporter by third or fourth grade.

“I thought it was so cool to get information and then be able to tell people what was going on,” she said, noting that her newspaper aspirations shifted to broadcast news after her family moved to Fort Worth. “It was the first time I remember seeing a woman of color on TV doing the news. When I saw that, I thought, ‘Maybe I could do that.’”

Photo of Deborah Ferguson

Deborah Ferguson ’87 on the NBC 5 news set (photo by Glen E. Ellman)

Two internships while at TCU helped the broadcast journalism major get her foot in the TV news door. Ferguson started with a daytime internship in the Channel 5 newsroom. “I was kind of shy, and I was having trouble putting myself out there and being the one to go out with reporters,” she said. “I realized I might do better in a shift with not so many people, where I didn’t have to fight for space with a reporter.”

The solution was to intern with the overnight team — which was tricky since Ferguson didn’t have a car.

“In the middle of the night my mom would pick me up from my dorm and drive me to the station,” she said with a laugh. “That’s how determined I was. I don’t think I told her thank you enough for giving up sleep for that semester.”

Read more in “TCU Magazine.”