Deborah Kendrick is an Edward R. Murrow Award-winning journalist who has worked for KMIZ since February 2016.
Deborah is a weekday morning anchor and investigative reporter for ABC 17 News. She loves telling stories, helping people prepare for their day and talking with residents in the mid-Missouri community.
The Southern California native came to Columbia after attending Chapman University where she graduated in Television and Broadcast Journalism. Deborah was a producer, reporter and anchor for Chapman News, Orange County's only local news broadcast. When Deborah turned 18 years old she landed her first internship with KTLA, LA's No. 1 morning newscast, where she worked the assignment desk, entertainment department and helped segment producers on the weekend morning news.
Deborah is part of ABC 17 Investigates team. Her investigative reporting into the lack of fire drills being done at one school in mid-Missouri earned her one of journalism's highest awards, an Edward R. Murrow. Deborah has also been recognized by the Kansas City chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for her investigative reporting on the death of Carl DeBrodie, a 31-year-old disabled man who was found encased in concrete. She was also recognized for her beat reporting on education.
Embracing her mixed Korean American culture, she is also a member of the Asian American Journalists Association. Aside from working, she enjoys traveling, watching her favorite hockey team, the Anaheim Ducks, and attempting to cook.
You can find Deborah anchoring our morning newscasts Monday to Friday from 5 to 7 a.m.
(Hint: you can spot her by her fabulous eyelashes!)