May 22, 2022

Charlie Doodle

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‘Entertainment Tonight’ host Nischelle Turner comes home with message

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Nischelle Turner remembers a line repeated out of her grandmother’s mouth.

“Dream bigger than your surroundings,” Turner was often told.

The Rock Bridge High School and University of Missouri School of Journalism alum returned to her hometown Thursday and shared that same message with students at her high school alma mater.

Turner, who graduated from Rock Bridge in 1993, now works closely with some of today’s most well-known celebrities as the first Black woman host in the 40-year history of the television show “Entertainment Tonight.” 

She spoke with students at Rock Bridge on Thursday afternoon as part of the Columbia Public Schools Foundation’s 25th-anniversary celebration before delivering the keynote address Thursday night at the foundation’s anniversary event held at the Sorenson Estate just east of Columbia.

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