HOUSTON — Host of Great Day Houston
When you look at how Deborah Duncan grew up, it is no surprise that she ended up in the communication business.
Raised in a military family, her early years were spent in Taiwan and Japan. As her family constantly moved around, young Deborah attended five different elementary schools.
At each school, determined to learn everything about her “new friends,” Deborah honed her interviewing skills. She completed grade school in San Antonio where her father retired.
Deborah then enrolled at the University of Texas in Austin and earned a degree in Radio-Television-Film.
After a couple of years in radio, Deborah made the switch to television as a reporter at the CBS station in Austin and then became an anchor at the ABC station.
She later moved to Dallas, where she started a talk show called "Good Morning Texas" at WFAA-TV, the sister station of KHOU-TV.
Deborah and her co-host were eventually asked to anchor the morning news.
After three years, Deborah moved to New York City to co-host a talk show for Lifetime Television called "Our Home."
Although she loved New York City, her heart was still in Texas.
When ABC executives approached Deborah about doing a talk show for possible national syndication, they wanted her to do the show out of New York or Los Angeles.
Eventually, they agreed that it could start in Houston. When she finished her contract with ABC, Deborah decided it was time to return to her roots in the business, and that was news.
In December 2002, Deborah joined KHOU-TV Channel 11 as an anchor on 11 News This Morning.
After six years at the news desk, she returned to the talk show format as host of Great Day Houston. The show, produced locally by KHOU-TV, airs weekdays at 9:00 a.m. on Channel 11.
Deborah Duncan is the recipient of many local and national awards for television excellence, including two Emmy Awards, two Gracie Allen Awards, and a Telly Award, amongst other honors.
Her achievements on the air, however, are transcended by her commitment and dedication to community service.
Deborah is passionate about many causes and chairs numerous community events.
In addition, she serves on the National Board of Directors for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and is a Board Member of the Palmer Drug Abuse Program (PDAP).
You can follow Deborah Duncan on Instagram, @deborahduncankhoutv
Great Day Houston reporter and fill-in host
As the intrepid reporter and fill-in host for Houston's only local morning talk show, Great Day Houston, Cristina Kooker fast became one of Houston’s best-loved morning personalities. KHOU-TV CH. 11 brought her on board in 2005 because she is talented, hardworking, and really relates to the audience.
For the past decade, she has been all over the city covering the best events, fund-raisers, local restaurants, and hot spots live from the scene. On a daily basis, she gets to tell the stories of our community in the city she loves so much.
Before joining Great Day Houston in 2005, she worked as a reporter and fill-in host for many local news magazine shows. She got her start while getting her degree in Marketing and Media at Abilene Christian University as one of four hosts on the nationally syndicated talk show, Teen Talk.
Cristina is a lover of her faith, her family, her friends, and chocolate chip cookies! In her time at home she spends with her husband and three children, working out and baking in the kitchen!
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