Connie Chung Wiki Bio

Constance Yu-Hwa ‘Connie’ Chung was born in Washington D.C. USA, on 20 August 1946 – her zodiac sign is Leo, and she holds American nationality. She’s a journalist who’s worked with some of the most popular TV networks in the US, such as MSNBC, CNN and ABC.

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Early life and education

Connie was raised in Washington D.C. alongside her nine older siblings, by their father William Ling Chung who worked for the Chinese Nationalist Government as an intelligence officer, and their mother whose name remains unknown. The family moved from China to Washington D.C. a year before Connie was born – five of her siblings had died during wartime.

She became interested in journalism mostly because of her father’s stories about the war, as well as from often watching TV news together with her parents. Connie moved to Silver Spring, Maryland in 1960 and studied at Montgomery Blair High School, and was interested in many activities during her four years there, playing multiple sports and writing for the school newspaper.

Upon matriculating in 1964, she enrolled at the University of Maryland, College Park, from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1969.

Career as a journalist

Connie launched her career when she joined CBS straight out of college, and in the first half of the ‘70s worked as a correspondent for the network’s show “CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite”, particularly focused on covering the Watergate scandal.

Connie quit the show after having been hired by the network KCBS, and for the job had to move to Los Angeles, California; during her time at KCBS, she mostly anchored their show “CBS Newsbreak”.

In 1983, Connie was hired by the network NBC, and began anchoring their morning program “NBC News at Sunrise”, while she then also anchored “NBC Nightly News” and during the weekends filled in for the American retired network TV journalist and author Thomas John Brokaw. Connie could also have been seen hosting the news series “1986”.

She joined CBS in 1989, and hosted her own show “Saturday Night with Connie Chung” in 1989 and 1990. Connie spent the following three years anchoring “CBS Sunday Evening News”, and on 1 June 1993, it was revealed that she would become the second ever woman to co-anchor a major news show – “CBS Evening News”. She also hosted “Eye to Eye with Connie Chung” for CBS, then left the network in 1995.

Connie joined ABC News in 1997, becoming the reporter on their newsmagazine “20/20”, and not long after that, she joined CNN and anchored her own show “Connie Chung Tonight”, which was cancelled in 2003 – the CNN owner Ted Turner stated that the show was ‘just awful’.

Connie began co-hosting the show “Weekends with Maury and Connie” for MSNBC in January 2006, but it was cancelled only half a year later.

She has since been semi-retired from journalism, and occasionally teaches at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Controversies

On 5 January 1995, Connie interviewed Kathleen Gingrich, mother of the American politician and author Newton Leroy Gingrich, in her show “Eye to Eye”. Kathleen refused to share what her son had thought about Hillary Clinton, who was at that time the First Lady, but Connie convinced her to just whisper it in her ear; Kathleen microphone’s volume was then turned up, and everyone heard that she said ‘he thinks she’s a bitch’. Connie was heavily criticized for her actions, as her fans believed that she had made Kathleen believe that her statement would remain off the record.

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Only a couple of months later, following the Oklahoma City bombing, Connie spoke with an Oklahoma City Fire Department spokesman and asked if the department was capable of handling the situation. Her sarcastic comment was heavily criticized by many people, while several women from Oklahoma had created shirts with the caption ‘Bite Me, Connie Chung’. Because of all this, Connie was given a choice by CBS, to either become a weekend or morning anchor, or to quit working at CBS; she chose to resign.

Love life and husband

Connie prefers to keep the details of her love life away from the media’s attention, but it’s still widely known that she’s today a married woman.

She exchanged vows with the American now retired TV personality Maurice Richard Povich in 1984, in a private ceremony attended by many of their friends and family members; Maurice is probably known best for having hosted his own talk-show “Maury” between 1991 and 2022. He had previously been married to Phyllis Minkoff from 1962 to 1979, and they have two daughters together.

Connie has revealed that she’s infertile, so on 20 June 1995, she and Maurice adopted a boy named Matthew.

As of March 2022, Connie’s married to Maurice Richard Povich, and they have an adopted son.

Hobbies and other interests

Connie loves travelling, and her career as a journalist has taken her all around the world, while she seems to prefer travelling around the US than going overseas.

She was physically highly active during her 20s, 30s and 40s, as she had multiple training sessions at the gym every week. Connie no longer goes to the gym, but does yoga nearly every day.

She’s a lover of animals, with ducks and swans being her favorites; she has had several pet dogs and cats.

Connie’s into reading books – her favorite author is Nicholas Sparks, while her favorite book is “Dear John”.

She likes to watch movies with her husband late at night, and her favorite actor and actress are Leonardo DiCaprio and Meryl Streep, while a couple of her favorite films include “Titanic”, “The Great Gatsby” and “The Devil Wears Prada”.

Age, height and net worth

Connie’s age is 75. She has long black hair and brown eyes, her height is 5ft 1in (1.55m) and she weighs around 110lbs (50kgs).

As of March 2022, her net worth has been estimated at more than $15 million.

Author

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

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