A Profile of Reporter & News Anchor Connie Chung

ConnieChung_wideConnie Chung was born in Washington, D.C. on August 20, 1946. She became the first Asian-American and the second woman in the history of news journalism to anchor a major network news program.

In 1969, Chung received a journalism degree from University of Maryland. Right after college, she started working for WTTG in Washington and eventually worked her way up to being a reporter for the station. Two years later CBS News hired Chung as a Washington-correspondent. During this time, she landed an exclusive interview with President Nixon, which took place during the infamous Watergate scandal.

Chung moved to Los Angeles and became the lead news anchor from 1976 to 1983 for a local CBS affiliate station. While in Los Angeles, Connie began a romantic relationship Maury Povich. Chung and Povich dated for several years before they married in 1984.

Chung began working for NBC in 1983 and became a well-established news journalist over the years. By the time her contract expired in 1989, the competition for Chung was fierce. Chung left NBC and signed a three-year contract with CBS. While with CBS, Chung created the news program Face to Face With Connie Chung. It featured hard news programming that was blended with celebrity interviews.

The show became popular with viewers, but Connie only stayed with the program for a few months. She was 44 years old and wanted to leave to start a family. Connie was not successful with trying to conceive a child. In 1995, Connie and Maury adopted a son.

In 1983, Chung was back at work for CBS and launched a news program called Eye to Eye With Connie Chung. In 1995, Chung did an interview with then Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich’s mother. In the interview, Chung got Kathleen Gingrich to admit that her son called Hillary Clinton a derogatory name.

Due to the network’s growing concerns over Chung’s interviewing tactics and Dan Rather no longer wanting to work with Chung, the network removed Connie from the anchor desk in 1995. CBS offered Chung a lower paying job as weekend anchor, but she opted to be let of her contract.

In 1997, she launched a news program with her husband that was unsuccessful. Also in 1997, she anchored the news program 20/20 at ABC. In 2002, she worked for CNN and again was unsuccessful.

Connie Chung stepped away from television for awhile, but returned in 2006 to work with her husband once again. After six months, the show was cancelled.

Throughout her career, Connie Chung received many awards for her journalistic style, which includes three Emmy Awards, an Edward R. Murrow Award and a Peabody Award.