Connie Chung Bio

Connie Chung

Connie Chung, illustrious television news anchor and reporter, spent 30+ years in journalism, beginning in 1969 at a local TV station in her hometown Washington, D.C. She worked at all the major networks, anchoring and reporting on major national and international news events.

In 1971, she joined CBS News, covering government and politics in Washington, D.C. for the “CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite.” She was assigned important beats at CBS: the 1972 presidential campaign of Senator George McGovern (D-S.D.), the 1972 Democratic National Convention and the Vice Presidency of Nelson Rockefeller.

Her most memorable story was the event of the decade – Watergate and the subsequent resignation of President Richard Nixon. She also traveled to Russia to cover the Nixon Brezhnev SALT I talks and Nixon’s final trip to the Middle East.

In 1993, Connie was named the first woman to co-anchor the CBS network’s national flagship news broadcast, the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather and Connie Chung,” – a milestone in television news. During that time, she co-anchored the historic Israel/PLO White House Signing Ceremony and anchored the Israel/Jordan Signing Ceremony in the Middle East.

Connie’s political coverage stretched back to every election year since 1972, including presidential campaigns, conventions and election nights. She anchored the Saturday “NBC Nightly News” and the Sunday “CBS Evening News” and several prime-time news magazine programs at CBS, NBC and ABC.

She snagged exclusive interviews for the Emmy award-winning “Face to Face with Connie Chung” on CBS and “20/20” on ABC. She conducted the first and only national television interview with Joseph Hazelwood, Captain of the Exxon Valdez, which resulted in one of the most devastating human-caused environmental disasters; the first interview with Los Angels Lakers star Magic Johnson after he announced he was HIV positive and a critically acclaimed interview with controversial Congressman Gary Condit (D-CA) about the disappearance of intern Chandra Levy.

Connie has received numerous awards including the George Foster Peabody Award, three Emmy Awards and the Amnesty International Human Rights Award. In 1997, she 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. She and her husband Maury Povich were married in 1984 in Manhattan where they currently live. They have one son, Matthew.