On this special edition of THINK Business Exclusives (Getting to the SOUL of Business), Jon goes in-depth with Norma Zager, Author, Journalist, TV Personality and Comedian.
Jon and Norma discussed her journey of boldness, re-invention, following her passions and how she listens to her gut and the universe. You will be inspired by her story, positive attitude, but mostly her courage!
If you are looking to re-invent yourself, get out of a rut and/or grow in 2022, you will get a lot of wisdom from Norma.
Born and raised in Detroit before moving to Los Angeles in 1993, Award-winning journalist and author Norma Zager returned to journalism after a 14-year stint as a stand up comic, playing Las Vegas regularly and opening for the biggest names in laughter.
Her television and radio appearances on Food Network’s Clash of the Grandmas, as guest host with Bobby Deen on The Food Network’s Holiday Baking Championship and Hallmark Channel’s Home and Family show have made her a favorite with audiences.
Shortly after moving to Los Angeles from the Detroit area in 1993 she created Norma’s 14 Karat Cookies to support herself and her children and was the first comedian to have her own comedy/cooking show in Las Vegas. Her celebrity clients have included Jerry Seinfeld, Arsenio Hall and Roseanne, who dubbed Norma’s stuffed brownies, “my favorite thing to eat.”
In 1999, Zager returned to journalism and accepted a position as a reporter at the Beverly Hills Courier newspaper. After nationally scooping all other media and breaking the story about Laura Schlessinger’s mother’s death combined with her in-depth coverage of other important stories, she was promoted to editor.
When Erin Brockovich sued the city of Beverly Hills alleging an oil well on high school grounds was the cause of numerous cancers in former students, Zager’s coverage and determination to print the truth garnered national attention. In 2003 she was awarded the Los Angeles Journalist of the Year and Best Investigative Reporter by the Los Angeles Press Club. The Wall Street Journal and The Columbia Journalism Review feted Zager’s coverage in feature articles.
Currently starring on NBC:s “Baking It” and co-hosting a weekly radio show about Israel has afforded her a worldwide audience.
Her book, Erin Brockovich and the Beverly Hills Greenscam, released by Pelican Publishing in October 2010, is a cautionary tale about the dangers of ignoring environmental issues within one’s community and offers tips and information about how to mitigate health problems. In it she describes the dangers inherent in allowing trial lawyers to police the environment and urges the public to take personal accountability for the health and safety of one’s own family and community. The book has been used as a teaching tool in many university law classes.
Zager, who graduated with a BA in journalism from Wayne State University, resides in Beverly Hills near her children, Laurie and husband Adam, and son Brad and grandchildren Ben and Sam. She also works freelance as a reporter, blogger, radio show host and writer. She also teaches Journalism part time at California State University Los Angeles. Currently co-hosting a weekly radio show about Israel and the Middle East has afforded her a world-wide audience.
She remains a welcome guest on local, national and international radio, and is invited to speaking engagements across the country.
Zager is also the author of two eBooks:
Lila Luminosity and the Lipstick Murders, 2008 and
Lila Luminosity and the Planet Christmas Murders, 2010.
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