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Debbye Turner
Debbye Turner
Bell (born September 19, 1965 in Honolulu, Hawaii) is an American TV anchor, veterinarian, talk show host, former beauty queen and winner of the 1990 Miss America
Miss America
pageant three days before her 24th birthday. Debbye Turner, raised in Jonesboro, Arkansas, was first runner-up at the Miss Arkansas Pageant, a state preliminary competition for the Miss America
Miss America
program in 1988. In the summer of 1989, she won the Miss Missouri
Missouri
title and went on to win the 1990 Miss America
Miss America
crown. Turner was the third African-American
African-American
national titleholder and the first--and as of 2017, the only-- Miss Missouri
Miss Missouri
to be crowned Miss America.[1] Turner earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree from Arkansas State University, and attended the University of Missouri. Turner also spent a couple of years honing her public service skills working for Safeway Stores. In 1991, she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Missouri
University of Missouri
College of Veterinary Medicine.[2] She became a spokesperson for Purina and pursued a career in veterinary medicine before going into television. Turner's first hosting job came at St. Louis' NBC
NBC
affiliate KSDK, on a show called Show Me St. Louis in 1995. Six years later, Turner joined CBS News
CBS News
as a feature correspondent then became their "resident veterinarian" and a fill-in anchor. Turner was also a fill-in anchor on the CBS Morning News. Turner left CBS in 2012. She's currently the host of Arise America, on Arise News. She has also appeared on Animal Planet's Cats 101 and Dogs 101 series. Turner is a singer, pianist, and skilled percussionist, evidenced by her marimba rendition of '"Flight of the Bumblebee"' in the talent portion of the 1990 Miss America
Miss America
contest. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. Debbye Turner's older sister, Suzette Turner, is married to Houston megachurch pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell. References[edit]

^ " Miss America 1990 Debbye Turner: A Profile of Success". Pageantrymagazine.com. 1989-09-16. Retrieved 2011-02-01.  ^ Hendricks, Nancy. " Debbye Turner
Debbye Turner
(1965– )". Encyclopedia of Arkansas. Retrieved 2011-01-08. 

External links[edit]

Turner's official website Debbye's Arise News Twitter Turner biography at The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture

Awards and achievements

Preceded by Gretchen Carlson Miss America 1990 Succeeded by Marjorie Vincent

Preceded by Heather Smith Miss Missouri 1989 Succeeded by Pat Meusburger

Preceded by Melissa Aggeles National Sweetheart 1988 Succeeded by Mairead O'Connor

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Miss America
Miss America
titleholders (1980–1999)

Cheryl Prewitt (1980) Susan Powell (1981) Elizabeth Ward (1982) Debra Maffett
Debra Maffett
(1983) Vanessa Williams
Vanessa Williams
/ Suzette Charles
Suzette Charles
(1984) Sharlene Wells (1985) Susan Akin (1986) Kellye Cash (1987) Kaye Lani Rae Rafko
Kaye Lani Rae Rafko
(1988) Gretchen Carlson
Gretchen Carlson
(1989) Debbye Turner
Debbye Turner
(1990) Marjorie Judith Vincent (1991) Carolyn Suzanne Sapp (1992) Leanza Cornett
Leanza Cornett
(1993) Kimberly Clarice Aiken (1994) Heather Whitestone
Heather Whitestone
(1995) Shawntel Smith
Shawntel Smith
(1996) Tara Dawn Holland (1997) Katherine Shindle
Katherine Shindle
(1998) Nicole Johnson (1999)

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Miss America

1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019

Titleholders Award winners

Outstanding Teen MAOT State pageants

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Missouri
Missouri
pageant winners

Miss Missouri

Marjorie Critten (1958) Michelle Marshall (1974) Susan Wilson (1979) Debbye Turner
Debbye Turner
(1989) Shandi Finnessey
Shandi Finnessey
(2002) Sarah French (2006) Tara Osseck (2009) Erika Hebron (2010) Tippe Emmott (2012) Shelby Ringdahl (2013) McKensie Garber (2015)

Miss Missouri's Outstanding Teen

McKensie Garber (2011)

Miss Missouri
Miss Missouri
USA

Larissa Meek (2001) Melana Scantlin (2002) Shandi Finnessey
Shandi Finnessey
(2004) Ashley Litton (2004) Kristi Capel (2006)

Miss Missouri
Miss Missouri
Teen USA

Melana Scantlin (1995) Larissa Meek (1997) Marissa Whitley (2001) Sophia Domingu

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