WOMEN IN BUSINESS
Producer and Host
The Arlene Herson Show
Arlene Herson is the producer and host of the award winning syndicated cable television program, “The Arlene Herson Show,” which focuses on personal interviews with nationally known personalities taped on location, usually in New York City or Atlantic City.
With no previous television experience, Herson started the show in 1978, which was originally broadcast solely in Monmouth County. After expanding into Ocean County and New York City, the program became nationally syndicated in March 1987.
Since its first telecast 11 years ago, the show has featured hundreds of guests, including politicians such as Gov. Thomas H. Kean, Sen. Frank Lautenberg and New York Mayor Edward Koch; businesspeople such as Malcolm Forbes and Bob Guccione; and celebrities such as Sammy Davis Jr., Robin Leach, Danny DeVito, Gloria Steinam, Red Buttons, Walter Cronkite, Richard Simmons, Placido Domingo, Perry Como, and Harry Belafonte.
Virtually a one-woman show, Herson also researches, writes, produces, books and syndicates the program.
Especially noted for her in-depth preparation and research for the interviews, Herson was awarded the 1988 Public and Leased Access Award for the best talk show on Paragon Cable in New York City, as well as the Cable Award for Programming Excellence for the best talk/interview show on the Cable Television Network of New Jersey for the past six consecutive years. She attributes her success to knowing what to ask and when to ask it.
In 1987, Herson was named Woman of Achievement in Communications by the Advisory Council of the Status of Women and, in 1988, was honored with a resolution for all of her cable programming achievements by the New Jersey General Assembly. She is also listed in the Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in the East and Who’s Who in Professional and Executive Women.