Debra is a journalist, columnist and contributor to Arizona Jewish Life Magazine and the Edmonds Beacon. She’s also an actor and spokesperson who spent the late 90s hosting her own talk show, The Debra Rich Show, on KFI radio in Los Angeles. Debra’s writing tends towards the quirky and irreverent and focuses on the absurdities that abound in everyday reality. Her blog, Unmotherly Insights, offers parents a humorous, self-reflective take on motherhood that delves deeply into the issues facing parents today. A number of Debra’s short plays have been produced at festivals and theaters across the county. Her full-length plays The Happiest Place on Earth, With Friends Like These, … and the Chihuahua I and II, and Unmotherly Insights into Modern Mothering have enjoyed fully produced runs at The Herberger Theatre Center’s Lunchtime Theater in Phoenix, AZ. Her full length holiday play Twist of the Magi received critical acclaim in its world premier at Theatre Artists Studio in Phoenix, AZ and was so successful last year at The Phoenix Theatre in Edmonds, WA, it’s being remounted again this holiday season. Debra is a member of the Dramatist’s Guild of America (DGA) and three of her plays have been selected for presentation in the DGA’s New Works Festivals. She’s starred in many professional theatre productions around the country, co-starred in numerous feature films and continues her pursuit of work in film, television, and theatre.
I did it in four years. Is it really relevant when those four years occured? Ok, I'm not a kid. But age brings wisdom, grace and uproarious hilarity.
Bachelor of Arts, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor at University of Michigan
I will tell you if you want to get my transcripts etc… Btw, I did graduate Phi Beta Kappa with a 4.9/5.0 and I was president of the largest student run organization on campus, the University Activities Center.
FEBRUARY 2015- JUNE 2016
SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTOR at MEDIAPORT
Created, implemented and managed social media roll-out for Arizona and Oregon Jewish Life Magazines. Designed and
published weekly newsletter. Managed advertising e-blasts and promotional contests. Significantly increased website traffic,
subscriber roster, “likes” and “followers.”
FEATURED COLUMNIST/STAFF WRITER at AZ JEWISH LIFE MAGAZINE
Featured columnist/Staff writer for successful start-up publications in Arizona and Oregon. Wrote in-depth interviews,
opinion columns, humor, and numerous feature articles.
BLOGGER at UNMOTHERLYINSIGHTS.COM
Create, manage and maintain popular mom-blog site at www.unmotherlyinsights.com. Currently an independent entity
with hundreds of subscribers and thousands of weekly readers. Covers parenting, love, family and life issues in a fun, quirky,
COLUMNIST at RAISING ARIZONA KIDS MAGAZINE
Featured columnist for premier parenting magazine in the state of Arizona. Investigated medical issues, interviewed
professionals and members of community, wrote exciting and controversial opinion pieces. Received state-wide journalism
award for research and reporting on vaccines and immunizations.
1990 - PRESENT
ACTOR at CORPORATE & COMMERCIAL
Built and maintained successful professional acting career for over 25 years in theatre, television, and film. Shot over 20
national commercials and acted as spokesperson for numerous corporate clients.
TALK SHOW HOST at KFI RADIO
Hosted compelling issue-oriented talk radio show on top station in market. Designed content. Produced segments.
Managed support team. Worked in conjunction with marketing director to promote, advertise and develop listenership.
MSNBC & FOX NEWS at TELEVISION NEWS CONTRIBUTOR
Provided in-depth issue analysis for national television stations including The Fox News Channel and MSNBC.
1992 - 1996
EXECUTIVE IMPACT at MANAGING DIRECTOR
Built business consulting firm specializing in executive training, media coaching, group dynamics, and creativity development.
Worked with CEOs and upper level management on improving communication and image building.
Representative clients included: Mutual of New York, Long John Silvers, Rexall Drugs, and Federated Department Stores
1986 - 1989
LEO BURNETT ADVERTISING at MEDIA BUYER/PLANNER
Responsible for building and implementing media campaigns for various clients including: Miller, RCA and Star-Kist
AFFILIATIONS at PROFESSIONAL
Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Radio and Television Artists, Dramatists Guild
AFFILIATIONS at PROFESSIONAL
President of University Activities Center, largest student-run organization on campus.