Connie Chung, illustrious television news anchor and reporter, spent 30+ years in journalism covering national and international news. She began in 1969 in her hometown Washington D.C. at WTTG-TV Metromedia (now Fox), first as a copy person, then news writer and later news reporter.
In 1971, she joined CBS News as a national correspondent for the “CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite.” Based in Washington, D.C., she covered the government and political landscape on Capital Hill, White House, Pentagon, State Department plus anti-Vietnam War street demonstrations.
She was assigned significant beats: the 1972 presidential campaign of Senator George McGovern (D-S.D.), the 1972 Democratic National Convention in Miami and the Vice Presidency of Nelson Rockefeller. In addition, she joined the White House press corps overseas to report on the Nixon/Brezhnev SALT I talks and President Nixon’s final trip to the Middle East. Her most memorable story was the event of the decade, Watergate and the subsequent resignation of President Richard Nixon.
In 1976, Connie moved to Los Angeles, where she spent seven years as an anchor at KNXT-TV (now KCBS), the CBS-owned station. She joined NBC News as an anchor and correspondent in 1983. She anchored the Saturday edition of the “NBC Nightly News,” “NBC News at Sunrise,” “NBC News Digests,” several highly-rated primetime specials and a news magazine. While at NBC News, Ms. Chung was a substitute anchor for “NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw.” She was a floor correspondent at the 1984 presidential conventions and a podium correspondent during the 1988 presidential conventions, and provided political reporting and analysis during the presidential campaigns and Election Night coverage.
Connie rejoined CBS News in 1989 as anchor and correspondent of “Saturday Night with Connie Chung” and also anchored the Saturday edition of the “CBS Evening News.” In 1990, she became the anchor of the Emmy Award-winning CBS News primetime magazine program, “Face to Face with Connie Chung.” During that time, Ms. Chung conducted a series of exclusive interviews, including the first and only national television interview of Joseph Hazelwood, the Captain of the Exxon Valdez which resulted in one of the most devastating human-caused environmental disasters; and the first interview with Los Angeles Lakers star Magic Johnson after he announced he was HIV positive.
From 1993 to 1995, Ms. Chung was named co-anchor of the “CBS Evening News with Dan Rather and Connie Chung,” the first woman to anchor the network’s national flagship news broadcast – a milestone in television news. She was the second woman in the history of television news to anchor any evening newscast.
During that time, she covered the historic Israel/PLO signing ceremony at the White House, the Israel/Jordan signing ceremony in the Middle East; and she obtained an exclusive interview with Chinese leader Li Peng, on the five-year anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. While anchoring the Evening News, she also was anchor and correspondent of “Eye to Eye with Connie Chung.” Ms. Chung was a floor reporter for CBS News during the 1992 national political conventions and provided analysis during Election Night coverage in 1990, 1992 and 1994.
In 1997, Ms. Chung was a Harvard fellow at the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
In November 1997, she joined ABC News as co-anchor and correspondent on the ABC News primetime news magazine “20/20.” During the 1999-2000 “20/20” season, Ms. Chung was awarded the Amnesty International Human Rights Award for her report that revealed that young women in Bangladesh were brutally burned with acid, in acts of revenge for turning down a man’s advances.
Also during the 1999-2000 “20/20” season, Ms. Chung won several awards for “Justice Delayed,” an investigative hour that uncovered new information in the 1966 murder of a black Mississippi man named Ben Chester White. As a result of the new information, the U.S. Justice Department reopened the case and indicted, tried, convicted and sentenced Ernest Avants for the murder. Avants had lived as a free man for three decades, since his acquittal on state murder charges in 1966.
In 2001, Ms. Chung conducted a critically acclaimed ABC News interview with controversial Congressman Gary Condit (D-CA) concerning the disappearance of intern Chandra Levy. In January 2002, Ms. Chung joined CNN to anchor “Connie Chung Tonight.” She left on-air duties at CNN in March 2003. Ms. Chung and her husband, talk-show host Maury Povich, co-anchored a once-a-week, week-in-review/political program on MSNBC in 2006.
She has received three Emmy Awards, including two for Best Interview/Interviewer. In addition, she is the recipient of a George Foster Peabody Award, honors from American Women in Radio and Television and an Outstanding Young Woman of America Award. Ms. Chung graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1969. She also has honorary doctorate degrees from Brown University, Providence College, Wheaton College and Norwich University.
She and Maury Povich were married in 1984 and have lived in Manhattan since then. They have one son, Matthew.