Debra Tornaben talks with the rich and famous, as well as the people and organizations that are reaching out to improve the lives of everyone here in South Florida. The former host of South Florida Profile, Debra’s guests have included Luciano Pavarotti, Arlene Dahl, Larry King, Eduard Villella, Tico Torres, Vic Damone, Donald Trump and more from the world of entertainment, the arts, philanthropy and beyond. Debra’s unique interviewing style takes you behind the scenes and informs, entertains and inspires.
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Debra M. Tornaben, Host and Producer of Debra!!! Debra Tornaben has served our community for the past fifteen years. Prior to coming to WXEL, she worked as the Palm Beach Managing Director for the Miami City Ballet, under the Artistic Direction of Edward Villella. She opened The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach for Donald J. Trump, as the Director of Special Events and Public Relations, presenting well-known talents such as: Vic Damone, The Beach Boys, Celine Dion, Art Buchwald, and Charlton Heston to name a few.
Ellen Huxley-Laffer Co-Producer of Debra!!! Ellen Huxley-Laffer has been with WXEL since 2002. She is the Assistant Director of the Garnet Society working with philanthropic individuals to ensure the preservation of the arts, education and culture in the Palm Beaches. Working with Garnet Society members on special events such as WXEL's fashion shows with guest speakers like Suze Orman, silent auctions and luncheons at Donald J. Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club and The Mirasol Country Club; "Keeping the Legends Alive" events honoring legendary performers such as Vic Damone and Ben Vereen, and continuing her efforts in the development of WXEL's presence in the Palm Beaches and on the Treasure Coast keep her very busy with community activities. She is also a member of the Palms West Chamber of Commerce.
Ellen is Co-Producer of WXEL's locally produced show Debra!!!, highlighting celebrities and places of interest in our community. Debra!!!'s guests have included: Arlene Dahl, James Patterson, Luciano Pavarotti, Regis Philbin, Donald J. Trump, Ben Vereen and Edward Villella.
Prior to joining WXEL Ellen worked for Food for the Poor, Inc. an international humanitarian aid organization providing food, housing, medical services and education to "the poorest of the poor" in third world countries.
Originally from New York, Ellen worked for twenty years in the travel industry as Assistant to the President of the Northeast Division for the Carlson Marketing Group, owners of Ask Mr. Foster Travel, TGI Friday's, The Colony Resorts and the Radisson Hotels.
She and her husband Randy own, race and breed harness horses in Florida.
Debra!!! Wednesdays at 5:30PM
Show Line-up for February/March 2012:
February 15th Ambassador Nancy Brinker
Amb. Brinker talks about how and why she founded the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and her experience as a diplomat on 9-11.
February 22nd Vita Nova:New Life
Two young adults share their experiences in foster homes, aging out of the system and turning despair into hope.
February 29th Governor Rick Scott
Debra asks the Governor about his first full year in office and his plans for education, housing and the Florida’s economy as well as his view of the 2012 political season.
March 7th Encore: Luciano Pavarotti
In honor of the late tenor’s debut in America, 47 years ago right here in South Florida, Debra repeats her moving and revealing interview with the man many call the greatest tenor of all time.
March 14th Larry King
In a reprise of his conversation with Debra, the most popular and influential talk host of all time, Larry King takes you behind the scenes, and the fun and the heartbreaks of his career.