Madeleine Overturf is a broadcast journalist at WRDE Coast TV, the Delmarva peninsula’s NBC affiliate. When complete in Fall 2019, the station will be the first newscast fully localized in Delaware. Madeleine is one of many Draper Media employees responsible for launching WRDE, which includes developing content unique to WRDE and helping build the station’s team and voice.


Prior to working at WRDE, Madeleine served as the Sussex County Bureau Chief for WBOC-TV, Draper Media’s CBS affiliate and the number one news station in the Delmarva viewing area. In that role, she covered all of Sussex County, Delaware and supervised other coverage.

Both at WRDE and WBOC, Madeleine helps assign station reporters and photographersSussex County stories and guide them as necessary. Madeleine fronts almost every one of her stories live in the field, often times does two packages a day, and always writes a corresponding web article as well.

Before her time at WBOC, she worked at NBC Washington as an Assignment Editor an occasionally produced for the NBC All Owned Stations DC Bureau, covering federal events for NBC affiliates across the country.

Madeleine with Lt. Col. Kevin Walsh, taking part in a Thunderbirds media flight.

The child of a military father, she was born in South Korea and consequently moved ten times throughout the United States, including stints in Hawaii and Alaska. She graduated from New York University with a B.F.A. in Acting and a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism, but not before studying abroad in Prague, the highlight of her college experience.

Throughout her career, she has worked for organizations including The John Batchelor Radio Show, Mic News, The Prague Wandering, and NBC New York, where she produced pieces for legendary reporter Gabe Pressman. She also co-founded The HBIC Project–an online interview series highlighting the accomplishments of twenty-something women–with author Hannah Orenstein.

Outside of journalism, Maddie spent five summers working for the Foundation for Teaching Economics (Davis, CA) as a Program Coordinator for their Economics for Leaders (EFL) program. EFL is an 8-day rigorous leadership and economics education program for high school students during the summer between their junior and senior years. She taught her students about group dynamics and helped them evaluate their own leadership style, which leads to increased confidence in their abilities as leaders. Maddie also represented the Foundation in presentations throughout the country to prospective funders and program partners.

When not working, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading, rooting for the Denver Broncos and exploring Sussex County’s beautiful beaches. She lives in Lewes with her fiancé, a fireman she met while on assignment with WBOC.

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