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Dr. Debbye Turner Bell to Give
CVM Commencement Address

Dr. Debbye Turner BellUniversity of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine alumna Dr. Debbye Turner Bell will address the CVM Class of 2009 Friday, May 15, during commencement ceremonies. The program begins at 1 p.m. in Jesse Hall on the MU campus.

Since 2001, Turner Bell has been enjoying her role as a staff correspondent on CBS’ The Early Show. She covers a variety of topics as a feature reporter, and is from time to time called upon to cover breaking and developing news. As a doctor of veterinary medicine, it’s only natural that Turner Bell was also asked to do regular pet segments, appropriately titled Pet Planet. These informative segments about pets and pet care air on both The Early Show and the Saturday Early Show.

Turner Bell joined CBS after a nearly 6-year stint as host of Show Me St. Louis, a daily, half-hour show featuring interesting people and places in St. Louis. She also hosted a PBS series about pets and veterinary medicine, The Gentle Doctor.

Turner Bell’s first passion is motivational speaking. Since being crowned Miss America in 1990, Turner Bell has spoken to more than a half million students at hundreds of schools, youth organizations and college campuses. She has addressed audiences in the corporate, academic and political arenas. Her topics include personal excellence, determination, goal-setting and the importance of a solid education. Turner Bell’s beliefs reflect her own life-lessons – it took seven years and 11 tries in two states before she was crowned Miss America.

Although her job at CBS takes her across the country, Turner Bell has found time to serve on many local, state and national boards over the years, including the National Council on Youth Leadership, Children’s Miracle Network, Missouri Division of Youth Services and Mathews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club, and the National Advisory Child Health and Human Development Council, which is an advisory council to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, part of the National Institutes of Health.

Turner Bell was graduated from the University of Missouri in May 1991 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture in May 1986 from Arkansas State University. Turner Bell and her husband live in the New York City area.

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