I’m a girl from New Jersey-born with lots of energy, optimism, and curiosity. Always interested in a person’s backstory, I would interview friends and relatives about everything from their experiences at the butcher to Sunday dinners with relatives.
I was a competitive figure skater and swimmer as a kid, and if I wasn’t involved in sports, I would spend Sunday afternoons on my dining room table writing about the latest news at school, in the neighborhood, or at home. I was interested in creating community, exposing good news, with a hint of humor.
Naturally, that curiosity let me to a career in journalism, writing for local papers, and landing my first TV job as a reporter and anchor in Atlantic City, New Jersey, covering crime, casinos, movie stars, and gangsters. Not long after, I got married and moved with my husband, John, a radio talk show host, to Los Angeles.
I worked as a reporter for KCAL9 News, Fox11 Los Angeles, and CNN, covering news, entertainment, business, and sports. To me, being a journalist is about sharing experiences with the community, and reporting that to our audience, I see it as a responsibility. I took time off to raise my three boys, and when I was ready to get to work, I decided to jump in on my own terms and started my podcast, Deborah Kobylt LIVE, where I interview people making extraordinary changes in the lives of others. Everyone from women activists, philanthropists, artists, authors, athletes, and more. This new journey has also brought on the opportunity to host LIVE talks with authors, filmmakers, and festivals, and to appear as a commentator on LIVE news shows from LA to London. In a sense, I followed my passion, and it landed me where I belong, which is diving deep into stories that matter and promote change, sharing what inspires people, motivates them, and drives them. So here I am, the girl from New Jersey living in LA, never leaving far behind my Italian roots and values that formed me into who I am today. Thanks for tuning in and being a part of that story.
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Deborah Zara Kobylt is an award winning journalist best known for her work at CNN, Turner Entertainment; Fox-11 News Los Angeles.