Connie Chung Bio, Family, Age, Television Career, NBC, CNN, CBS & ABC
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Who is Connie Chung?
Connie Chung is an American journalist. She has been an anchor and reporter for the U.S. television news networks NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, and MSNBC. Some of her more famous interview subjects include Claus von Bülow and U.S. Representative Gary Condit, whom Chung interviewed first after the Chandra Levy disappearance, and basketball legend Magic Johnson after he went public about being HIV-positive.
In 1993, she became only the second woman to co-anchor a network newscast as part of CBS Evening News. She was removed in 1995 as CBS Evening News co-anchor after a controversial interview with a fireman, during rescue efforts at the Oklahoma City bombing, which seemed inappropriately combative, and her interview tactics to get Newt Gingrich’s mother to admit her unguarded thoughts about Hillary Clinton.
Connie Chung’s Career
Chung was a Washington-based correspondent for the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite in the early 1970s, during the Watergate political scandal. Later, Chung left to anchor evening newscasts for KNXT (now KCBS-TV), the network’s owned and operated station in Los Angeles. Chung also anchored the network’s primetime news updates (CBS Newsbreak) for West Coast stations from the KNXT studios at Columbia Square during her tenure there.
In early 2018, Chung was asked if she was sexually harassed in her career. She replied “Oh, yeah! Oh, sure. Yeah. Every day. I mean, a lot. Especially when I started out.” Later that year, following Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee of being sexually assaulted by Brett Kavanaugh, Chung wrote an open letter to Blasey-Ford saying that she too was sexually assaulted when she was in college, and the person who assaulted her was the doctor who delivered her.
In 1983, Chung returned to network news as anchor of NBC’s new early program, NBC News at Sunrise, which was scheduled as the lead-in to the Today program. She was also an anchor of the Saturday edition of NBC Nightly News and filled in for Tom Brokaw on weeknights. NBC also created two newsmagazines, American Almanac and 1986, which she co-hosted with Roger Mudd.
In 1989, Chung left NBC for CBS, where she hosted Saturday Night with Connie Chung (later renamed Face to Face with Connie Chung) (1989–90), and anchored the CBS Sunday Evening News (1989–93). On June 1, 1993, she became the second woman (after Barbara Walters with ABC in 1976) to co-anchor a major network’s national weekday news broadcast. While hosting the CBS Evening News, Chung also hosted a side project on CBS, Eye to Eye with Connie Chung. After her co-anchoring duties with Dan Rather ended in 1995, Chung left CBS. She eventually jumped to ABC News where she co-hosted the Monday edition of 20/20 with Charles Gibson and began independent interviews, a field which would soon become her trademark.
In 1997, Chung moved to ABC News as a reporter on 20/20, and co-host of the Monday edition of the program alongside Charles Gibson. In 2001, she conducted an interview with Gary Condit on Primetime Thursday, focusing on his relationship with murdered Washington, D.C., intern Chandra Levy.
She was a guest host of the morning program Good Morning America. After short-lived host Lisa McRee left the program, Chung declined to take over on a permanent basis, saying she did not want to broadcast 10 hours a week in the early morning. She also was on ABC 2000 Today in Las Vegas.
Chung, for a short time, hosted her own show on CNN titled Connie Chung Tonight, for which she was paid $2 million per year. Though her arrival at CNN was heavily hyped by the network, her show was panned by critics. CNN changed her show from live to tape-delay to improve its continuity. Although it performed moderately well in the ratings (a 500,000 increase in viewers), her show was suspended once the 2003 Iraq War began. During the war, she was reduced to reading hourly headlines. Once CNN resumed regular programming, Chung requested that CNN resume broadcasting her show as soon as possible. The network responded by cancelling it, even though her contract had not yet expired. In an interview, CNN founder Ted Turner called the show “just awful.”
In January 2006, Chung and Maury Povich began hosting a show titled Weekends with Maury and Connie on MSNBC. It was Chung’s first appearance as a television host since 2003. The show was later cancelled and aired its final episode on June 17, 2006. In this episode, Chung, dressed in a white evening gown and dancing on top of a black piano, sang a parody to the tune of “Thanks for the Memory.” Video clips of the off-key farewell performance circulated on internet video sites. Chung commented, “All I want to be sure of is that viewers understood it was a giant self-parody. If anyone took it seriously, they really need to get a life.” On the June 27, 2006 episode of The Tonight Show, Jay Leno interviewed Chung about her “Thanks for the Memory” parody. During the interview, Chung poked fun at her show’s low ratings, referring to the musical number as a “private joke for our two viewers.”
Chung accepted a teaching fellowship at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. While at Harvard, she wrote a discussion paper titled The Business of Getting “The Get”: Nailing an Exclusive Interview in Prime Time.
How Old is Connie Chung?
Chung was born on August 20, 1946,Washington, D.C., U.S. She is currently 74 years old.
Connie Chung‘s Family
Who are Connie Chung’s parents?
Chung’s father, William Ling Chung, was an intelligence officer in the Chinese Nationalist Government.
Does Connie Chung have siblings?
Chung had 10 ten siblings until five of her siblings died during wartime.
Connie Chung‘s Education
Chung graduated from Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland, and went on to receive a degree in journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1969.
Connie Chung‘s Husband
Chung has been married to talk show host Maury Povich since 1984.
Connie Chung‘s Children – Kids
Chung has a son, Matthew, whom they adopted on June 20, 1995.
Connie Chung’s Net Worth
Chung has an estimated net worth of $15 million.
Chung stands at a height of 5 feet 1 inch tall and weighs around 55 kg.