Connie Chung Biography
Connie Chung (Constance Yu-Hwa Chung) is an American journalist who has been an anchor and reporter for the U.S. television news networks NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, and MSNBC. Some of Chung’s more famous interview subjects include Claus von Bulow and U.S. Representative Gary Condit, whom she interviewed first after the Chandra Levy disappearance, and basketball legend Magic Johnson after he went public about being HIV positive.
In 1993, Connie became the only second woman to co-anchor a network newscast as part of the CBS Evening News. However, in 1995, she was removed as CBS Enevingg News co-anchor after a controversial interview with a fireman during rescue efforts at the Oklahoma City bombing.
Moreover, Chung was a Washington-based correspondent for the CS Evening News with Walter Cronkite in the early 1970s, during the Watergate political scandal. Later, Chung left to anchor the evening newscast for KNXT, now KCBS-TV, the network’s owned and operated station in Los Angeles. Moreover, Chung also anchored the network’s primetime news update CBS Newsbreak for West Coast stations from the KNXT studios at Columbia Square during her tenure there.
In 1993, Connie returned to network news as anchor of NBC’s new early program, NC News at Sunrise, which was scheduled as the lead-in to the Today program. She was also the anchor of the Saturday edition of NBC Nightly News and filled in for Tom Brokaw on weeknights. Moreover, NBC also created two news magazines, American Almanac and 1986, which she co-hosted with Roger Mudd.
Moreover, Connie was a judge for the Miss Universe 2011 contest. She also 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.”
In 1989, Connie left NBC for SCB, where she hosted Saturday Nite with Connie Chung, later renamed Face to Face with Connie Chung, and also anchored the CBS Sunday Evening News. On June 1st, 1993, she became the second woman to co-anchor a major network’s national weekday news broadcast. While she hosted the CBS Evening News, Connie also hosted a side project on CBS, Eye to Eye with Connie Chung.
Chung left CBS and joined ABC News. She co-hosted the Monday edition of 20/20 with Charles Gibson. Moreover, Connie began independent interviews, a field that would soon become her trademark.
Connie joined ABC News in 1997, where she served as a reporter on 20/20, and co-host of the Monday edition of the program alongside Charles Gibson. In 2001, Chung conducted an interview with Gary Condit on Primetime Thursday, focusing on his relationship with murdered intern Chandra Levy. Moreover, she was a guest host on the morning program “Good Morning America.”
CNN & MSNBC
Chung hosted her own show on CNN, Connie Chung Tonight, for which she was paid $2 million annually. However, her show was suspended in 2003 once the Iraq War began. In January of 2006, Connie and Maury Povich began hosting a show called Weekends with Maury and Connie on MSNBC. It was Connie’s first appearance as a television host since 2003. Later on, the show was canceled and aired its final episode on June 17, 2006.
Connie Chung Age
How old is Connie Chung? Chung is 75 years old as of 2021. She was born Constance Yu-Hwa Chung on August 20, 1946, in Washington, D.C., in the United States of America. In addition, Connie celebrates her birthday on the 20th of August, and her zodiac sign is Leo.
Connie Chung Family
Connie was born in Washington, D.C. less than a year after her family emigrated from China. She is the youngest of ten children. Her father, William Ling Chung, was an intelligence officer in the Chinese Nationalist Government. Unfortunately, five of Connie’s siblings died during wartime.
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 Husband
Chung is married to talk show host Maury Povich. The two got married in 1984. Connie converted to Judaism at the time of her marriage, and she has become devoted to the faith and attends synagogue with her family. She has noted publicly that she and Povich maintain a kosher lifestyle year-round. In 1991, she announced that she was reducing her workload in the hopes of getting pregnant. Maury and Connie have a son, Matthew Jay Povich, whom they adopted on June 20, 1995.
Connie Chung’s Height
Chung stands at an approximate height of 5 feet 1 inch tall(1.55m)
Connie Chung Net Worth
Chung has an estimated net worth of around $80 million as of 2022. Her income is mainly attributed to her successful career as a journalist.
Connie Chung Salary
Chung receives an estimated annual salary of $5 million as of 2022.
Connie Chung’s Career Timeline
- 1976–1983: Evening news co-anchor at CBS-owned KNXT in Los Angeles
- 1983–1986: NBC News at Sunrise anchor
- 1983–1989: NBC Nightly News Saturday anchor
- 1989–1990: Saturday Night with Connie Chung/Face to Face with Connie Chung anchor
- 1989–1993: CBS Sunday Evening News anchor
- 1993–1995: CBS Evening News co-anchor (with Dan Rather)
- 1993–1995: Eye to Eye with Connie Chung anchor
- 1998–2000: 20/20 anchor
- 1999–2000: ABC 2000 Today correspondent
- 2002–2003: Connie Chung Tonight anchor
- 2006: Weekends with Maury and Connie anchor