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Born: August 20, 1946 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Washington, DC Profession:

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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. Won over to NBC in 1983, Chung performed similar duties on the "NBC Nightly News" and its parallel daytime broadcasts. She also hosted a number of "NBC News Reports on America", but unfortunately, such installments as "Life in the Fat Lane", "Stressed to Kill" and "Everybody's Doing It" suggested to some that she was essentially a reporter of "soft" news: one TV wag, blithely forgetting her years of reporting, dubbed her "Connie Funn". Moving back to CBS in 1989, Chung became the network's regular anchor for the Sunday edition...

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.

Won over to NBC in 1983, Chung performed similar duties on the "NBC Nightly News" and its parallel daytime broadcasts. She also hosted a number of "NBC News Reports on America", but unfortunately, such installments as "Life in the Fat Lane", "Stressed to Kill" and "Everybody's Doing It" suggested to some that she was essentially a reporter of "soft" news: one TV wag, blithely forgetting her years of reporting, dubbed her "Connie Funn".

Moving back to CBS in 1989, Chung became the network's regular anchor for the Sunday edition of the "CBS Evening News" and often substituted during the week for Dan Rather. She also hosted several moderately successful primetime news magazine shows ("Saturday Night with Connie Chung", "Face to Face with Connie Chung") which featured her covering one of the show's stories herself or conducting an interview with some newsworthy figure. Despite the ups and downs of her career, Chung has always combined a solid professionalism and smooth delivery with a natural, relaxed charm, earning her perenially high marks in media surveys. It was precisely this brand of likability which led CBS (known around the newsroom as the "Connie Broadcasting Service") to team her with the veteran Rather in an attempt to boost the evening newscast's ratings from second place to the top spot. The result was ultimately unsuccessful and Chung was dropped (somewhat unceremoniously in the eyes of many) from the broadcast, but she has certainly made her mark, perhaps most controversially when she House speaker Newt Gingrich's mother to state that her son considered First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton a "bitch". Married to TV talk show host Maury Povich.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Born in My Heart: A Love Story (2001) Interviewee
4.
 Intimate Portrait: Connie Chung (2000) Interviewee
6.
 ABC 2000 (1999) Correspondent (Las Vegas)
7.
 Intimate Portrait: Lesley Stahl (1999) Interviewee
8.
9.
 Knife to the Heart (1997) Narration
10.
 Knife to the Heart (1997) Host
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Notes

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)

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.

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.'"

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

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

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.

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husband:
Maury Povich. TV talk show host, news anchor. Began dating in 1978; married by a rabbi in New York in 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" (1991- ) and co-host of the early evening news magazine show, "A Current Affair" (1986-91); also worked as a news anchor for the Fox network.

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step-daughter:
Susan Povich. Maury Povich's daughter from his previous marriage; born c. 1964; graduated from Harvard Law School in 1988.
step-daughter:
Amy Povich. Maury Povich's daughter from his previous marriage; born c. 1967.
son:
Matthew Jay Povich. Born 1995; adopted with Povich.

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