Debra Burlingame is the sister of Captain Charles F. "Chic" Burlingame, III, pilot of American Airlines Flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.
Burlingame was formerly a producer at Court TV, where she covered dozens of civil and criminal legal proceedings ranging from the OJ Simpson trial and the Clinton impeachment hearings to the Microsoft anti-trust case. She wrote pieces for broadcast on constitutional appellate cases, consumer law, and legal news, and helped launch a documentary series involving cold criminal cases.
Before her career in television, she worked as an attorney in New York City. Burlingame is a graduate of New York University and the Cardozo School of Law.