Connie Chung

TV interviewer, Investigative reporter, TV news writer
Graceful, reassuring, well-groomed TV newscaster with a beautiful speaking voice who, on June 1, 1993, on CBS, became the first woman to co-anchor a major network's national news broadcast since Barbara Walters was ... Read more »
Born: 08/20/1946 in Washington, Washington D.C., USA

Filmography

Actor (56)

Then and Now 2015 - 2017 (TV Show)

Guest

The 2011 Miss Universe Pageant 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Generation Boom 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

20/20 1993 - 1994, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

CBS Evening News 1986 - 2000, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murphy Brown 1986 - 2000, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mademoiselle and the Doctor 2004 (Movie)

(Herself)

America.01 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Connie Chung Tonight 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Born in My Heart: A Love Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC 2000 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Connie Chung 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

NBC News at Sunrise 1982 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

NBC Nightly News, Weekend Edition 1968 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Vanished 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Lesley Stahl 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Knife to the Heart 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Eye to Eye With Connie Chung 1992 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Space: Last Frontier or Lost Frontier? 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 12 Most Fascinating People of 1993 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Donahue: The 25th Anniversary 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

America on the Line 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Face to Face With Connie Chung (11/08/91) 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Face to Face With Connie Chung (12/11/91) 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Face to Face With Connie Chung (02/11/91) 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Face to Face With Connie Chung (09/10/90) 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Face to Face With Connie Chung (11/22/90) 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Face to Face With Connie Chung (12/10/90) 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Face to Face With Connie Chung (05/07/90) 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Face to Face With Connie Chung (05/14/90) 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Saturday Night With Connie Chung 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

"Sarafina!" Words of Freedom... Songs of Hope 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Decision '88 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Presidential Inauguration 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

David Letterman's Old-Fashioned Christmas 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Everybody's Doing It 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Guns, Guns, Guns 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

NBC News Report on America: Stressed to Kill 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Scared Sexless 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Summer Showcase (08/23/88) 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Summer Showcase (08/30/88) 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

1986 1985 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Men, Women, Sex and Aids 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Baby Business 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

American Almanac 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Chinese Americans (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (1)

Biography

Graceful, reassuring, well-groomed TV newscaster with a beautiful speaking voice who, on June 1, 1993, on CBS, became the first woman to co-anchor a major network's national news broadcast since Barbara Walters was teamed with Harry Reasoner on ABC in 1976. The youngest of ten children born to Chinese immigrants (and the only one born in the US), Chung began as a cub reporter in the Washington DC area. Signed on by CBS in 1971 she eventually began covering stories for the "CBS Evening News" before becoming a co-anchor for network affiliate KNXT in Los Angeles in 1976. She also became a substitute anchor for the national evening news and did many weekend and morning broadcasts.

Relationships

Father
served as an intelligence officer in China under Chiang Kai-shek moved his family to Washington DC in 1946 stayed in the US after the rise of Communism in China

Sibling
Chung was the youngest of 10 children all of her siblings were born in China and five of them died before the family relocated to the United States

Maury Povich Actor

Husband
Met in 1969 began dating in 1978 married by a rabbi in New York City on December 6, 1984 because of work commitments, did not move in together until 1986 Born c. 1939 host of the daytime talk show, "The Maury Povich Show"

Matthew Povich

Son
born 1995 adopted with Povich

Amy Povich

Step-Daughter
Maury Povich's daughter from his previous marriage born c. 1967

Susan Povich

Step-Daughter
Maury Povich's daughter from his previous marriage born c. 1964 graduated from Harvard Law School in 1988

EDUCATION

University of Maryland

College Park, Maryland

Montgomery Blair High School

Silver Spring, Maryland

Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island

Milestones

2003

Released from her CNN primetime show and replaced by Aaron Brown

2002

Moved from ABC to CNN; hired to host one-hour primetime show

2001

Landed interview with disgraced US congressman Gary Condit for ABC

1998

Began appearing on "20/20" as a contributor

1997

DreamWorks announced it was abandoning plans for proposed show hosted by Chung and Povich

1997

Signed three-year contract with ABC News to serve as contributor to ABC's primetime newsmagazines (November)

1996

Announced plans to co-host half-hour news information show with husband Maury Povich for DreamWorks Television

1995

Left "CBS Evening News" in May

1993

Joined Dan Rather in co-anchoring the "CBS Evening News" beginning on June 1

1989

Left NBC; returned to CBS on April 11, signing a three-year contract for close to six million dollars; began anchoring the Sunday "CBS Evening News"

1988

Served as a political analyst and podium correspondent at the national party conventions during the presidential election campaign

1984

Served as a floor reporter at both national conventions during the presidential election campaign

1983

Moved to NBC in August as a correspondent and anchor; helmed the Saturday edition of the "NBC Nightly News", as well as "NBC News at Sunrise" and "NBC Digests"

1976

Served as a news co-anchor for KNXT (now KCBS) in Los Angeles; was a substitute anchor for the "CBS Morning News" and for weekend and evening broadcasts

1974

Named a correspondent for CBS News

1970

Joined CBS News; worked as a general assignment political reporter in the Washington Bureau

1968

Began her career in television as a copyperson at WTTG-TV in Washington DC; responsibilities included some phone answering

Became a news writer and later an on-air reporter at WTTG

Hosted the CBS primetime interview-based news magazine, "Face to Face with Connie Chung"

Co-wrote a number of NBC news specials, including installments of the network's "Summer Showcase"

Hosted the CBS primetime news magazine, "Saturday Night with Connie Chung"

Hosted the TV news magazine show, "Eye to Eye with Connie Chung"

Bonus Trivia

.

According to a TV GUIDE profile (6/5/93): "Likability is Chung's secret weapon. Polls consistently name her the TV news personality viewers like most, and her Q-rating (a measurement of a TV celebrity's recognizability and popularity) is astronomical. Women in particular may cotton to her because they find her non-threatening. 'Connie is an accessible star,' says Andrew Heyward, executive producer of 'Eye to Eye with Connie Chung'. 'She can react as a human being to the story.'"

.

At the end of the first broadcast of the "CBS Evening News" which she shared with Dan Rather (6/1/93), Chung said to her fellow anchor, "Good night, Chet", to which he replied, "Good night, David" in an amusing reference to the popular and long-teamed broadcasting duo of Chet Huntley and David Brinkley.

.

Chung does not deny that being a woman and being of Asian descent may have helped her achieve her career ambitions, but she approaches the issue with humor. Some years back, when a CBS News executive questioned how a young Chinese-American woman had made it so far as a reporter, Chung reportedly pointed to then-senior VP of CBS News Bill Small and cracked, "Bill likes the way I do his shirts." (Reported in PEOPLE, March, 1989)

.

Chung received a honorary doctorate in journalism from Norwich University in Northfield, VT.

.

In 1996, Chung was named a fellow of the Joan Shorenstein Center on Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

.

She received a honorary doctorate from Providence College, Providence, RI.

SIMILAR ARTICLES