Norma Quarles Biography
Norma Quarles is an American television reporter and anchor. She worked for NBC, CNN, and PBS during her career.
Norma Quarles Age
The American television reporter and anchor was born on November 11, 1936, in New York, NY. She is 82 years old as of 2018.
Norma Quarles Height
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Norma Quarles Family
She was born in New York City in 1936 into a Trinidadian family. Her father worked at Macy’s in New York which led to her being cast as an extra in Miracle on 34th Street in 1947. Quarles attended Hunter College and City College of New York before earning her real estate license and moving to Chicago.
Norma Quarles Husband
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Norma Quarles Education
Have you been wondering what’s Norma educational level, well according to our research the American television reporter and anchor schooled at Hunter College and City College of New York before earning her real estate license and moving to Chicago.
Norma Quarles Career
She began her career in 1965 as a radio reporter in Chicago. She worked as a general assignment reporter for television station WKYC in Cleveland for three years, where she was the first African-American woman to file reports for a network. She then moved to WNBC in New York where she served as an anchor for the local morning news. While at WNBC, she requested to substitute Barbara Walters on The Today Show, but NBC feared that southern viewers would protest and refused her request. In 1977, Quarles began producing Urban Tales for WMAQ-TV in Chicago.
The series’ success led her to be named a national NBC correspondent. In 1984, she served as a panelist at the vice presidential debate. In 1988, Quarles joined CNN as a news anchor on CNN Daybreak. She anchored the show for two years and then switched to working as a correspondent, a job which she held until 1999. She then served as a reporter for Religion and Ethics Newsweekly on PBS, retiring in 2001. Quarles was inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame in 1990.
Norma Quarles Net Worth
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Norma Quarles: “I Fought To Dispel Stereotypes. I Fought It In My Work”
As we continue TVNewser’s ongoing series “Where Are They Now?”, we talk with former NBC and CNN newswoman Norma Quarles. Next week: former ABCer Steve Bell.
It was October of 1984, and then-NBC News correspondent Norma Quarles was resting in a New York hospital bed the night before elective surgery when she got a message from the League of Women Voters. Could she, they asked, be a last-minute replacement panelist for the George Bush–Geraldine Ferraro Vice Presidential debate in Philadelphia the next day?“I had an agonizing time deciding,” Quarles tells TVNewser, and the hospital staff “didn’t want to let me out!” But she did check out, driving through the night to Philly, where she stayed up prepping until dawn. The veep match-up was watched by “the biggest audience I ever had”, Quarles says, calling the experience “daunting” but also “an honor”.
It was an unexpected opportunity, one of many along the way for Norma Quarles. A native New Yorker, Quarles, 72, made her first on-camera appearance at the age of ten, as an extra in the 1947 classic Miracle on 34th Street. She and her father — a Macy’s employee at the time — appear in a scene at the store.Nearly twenty years later, Quarles was 29 and living in Chicago when she decided — as “a lark!” — to answer an open call for talent at a local radio station, and was hired as a news announcer. Quarles made the jump to television reporting for NBC station WKYC in Cleveland, before going on to work at New York’s WNBC then Chicago’s WMAQ.
Later she served as an NBC News correspondent in both cities. After more than two decades with NBC, Quarles moved on in 1988 to anchor and report for CNN. She stayed until 1999 when she became a reporter for PBS’s Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. Quarles retired from television two years later. Inducted as a charter member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Hall of Fame in 1990, Quarles says she was cognizant over the years of her role as a pioneer. “I was always aware of what I was doing, and I was always aware of how I was doing it. I fought to dispel stereotypes. I fought it in my work.”
She cites as an example of a report she once filed on welfare recipients. “I interviewed a white welfare mother. So the powers-that-be,” Quarles says, “called me [and shouted], ‘Where did you get that woman?’“Why didn’t I have a black woman [they wondered]…because welfare is synonymous with black women. And I said, ‘There are more white women on welfare in this country than black women.’…I know the power of a picture and the power of words. And I wanted to dispel stereotypes. I wanted to change views.”As she watches the news these days, Quarles is glad to see greater diversity on the airwaves. “I think it’s wonderful.
I’m seeing more people — not just black and women — but I’m seeing people of all ethnicities on TV. And I’m delighted to see it.”Now living in Pennsylvania, Quarles is busy pursuing a number of projects and interests. She’s archiving her lifetime of reporting work and writing her memoirs. She speaks at women’s conferences, grows orchids in her garden, and is learning country-western line dancing. Most importantly, she enjoys spending time with her family, which includes five grandchildren.“I’m happy to be retired,” Quarles says, “but I loved what I was doing. I really did. It was exciting, it was fun, it was a learning experience…It was a wonderful experience. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”