The Alfred I. DuPont/Columbia University Awards in Broadcast Journalism (1991) 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)
A poised anchor with a polished, yet warm, delivery, Jane Pauley was a mere 25 years old when she was chosen to replace Barbara Walters as the female host on NBC's "Today" and she has since gone on to become a primetime news anchor as well as a respected telejournalist. Some might say it did not start out that way. With only a few years of local news reporting and anchoring under her belt (she was Chicago's first female anchor) when she joined "Today," critics lambasted Pauley for not being an astute interviewer--as Walters certainly was--and sneered that she had a "corn-bred" style, rather than being substantive. For much of the 1970s, that was the way Pauley was perceived. Then, in 1980, she added reporting on the "NBC Nightly News" to her duties and, for two years, Pauley rolled up her sleeves with other news gatherers. By the time she finished doing double duty, she had matured professionally. Besides covering the royal wedding of Prince Charles and Diana and the funeral of Grace of Monaco, Pauley had begun anchoring and reporting the network's occasional, yet prestigious, primetime documentaries, "NBC White Paper," including "Women, Work, and Babies: Can America Cope?" (1985) and "Divorce is Changing America" (1986). She was also part of the NBC team at political conventions and interviewed world leaders when "Today" went overseas. Pauley anchored the network's 1988 Olympics coverage.