Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$15 Million
Date Of BirthAugust 20, 1946
SpouseMaury Povich
FactSon, Matthew Jay Povich, adopted in 1995


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.

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.

General Info

Full NameConnie Chung
Net Worth$15 Million
Date Of BirthAugust 20, 1946
ProfessionJournalist, Television producer, Actor, Newscaster
EducationMontgomery Blair High School, University of Maryland, College Park
NationalityAmerican

Family

SpouseMaury Povich
ChildrenMatthew Jay Povich
ParentsWilliam Ling Chung, Margaret Ma
SiblingsJosephine Chen

Accomplishments

AwardsSpecial Classification for Outstanding News and Documentary Program Achievement - Programs
TV ShowsCBS Evening News, Eye to Eye with Connie Chung, Connie Chung Tonight, NBC News at Sunrise, Weekends with Maury and Connie, ABC 2000 Today, 1986

Social profile links

Quotes

#Quote
1I was just going at this career - boom, boom, boom! Then all of a sudden, at 38, Oh, my God - I forgot to get married!

Facts

#Fact
1She was nominated for the 2016 New Jersey Hall of Fame in the Arts and Letters category.
2She was nominated for a 2013 New Jersey Hall of Fame for General Services.
3She received teaching fellowship at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
4She was the first journalist to interview basketball legend Magic Johnson, after he went public about being HIV-positive. She was also the first to interview congressman Gary Condit, after his intern Chandra Levy disappeared.
5Youngest of 10, 5 of whom died in China. She has 4 older living sisters
  • one is Josephine Chen.
6Met her future husband, Maury Povich, in 1968 at the local TV station in Washington, DC (WTTG), where she was a secretary and he was an anchorman.
7Attended the University of Maryland, where she first majored in Biology and then switched to Journalism.
8The only person in history (male or female) to have served as a substitute anchor for all three network nightly newscasts (NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (1970), CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite (1962) and ABC World News Tonight with David Muir (1953)); as well as all three network morning newscasts (Today (1952), CBS This Morning (1987) and Good Morning America (1975)).
9Daughter-in-law of Shirley Povich.
10Attended Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring Maryland
11Newscaster
12Son, Matthew Jay Povich, adopted in 1995

Pictures

Movies

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Murphy Brown1989TV SeriesConnie Chung

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Evening Magazine1977TV Series series producer - 1 episode

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Insider2016TV SeriesHerself
Entertainment Tonight2014TV SeriesHerself
The View2005-2014TV SeriesHerself
Watch What Happens: Live2014TV SeriesHerself
30 for 302014TV Series documentaryHerself - CBS News Anchor
Nancy & Tonya2014TV Movie documentaryHerself
Politics Nation with Al Sharpton2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest Host
Clockwork Orange County2012Video documentaryHerself
Miss Universe 20112011TV SpecialHerself - Judge
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire2009TV SeriesHerself - Expert
Urban Struggle: The Battle of the Cuckoo's Nest2008Video documentary voice
Paula's Party2008TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2006TV SeriesHerself
The Colbert Report2006TV SeriesHerself
Today2006TV SeriesHerself
Connie Chung Tonight2002TV SeriesHerself
Late Show with David Letterman1993-2002TV SeriesHerself
Good Morning America2002TV SeriesHerself - Substitute Co-Host
America.012001TV SeriesHerself / Correspondent
Orlan, carnal art2001DocumentaryHerself
ABC 2000: The Millennium1999TV Movie documentary
20/201999TV Series documentaryHerself - Contributing Anchor
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1999TV SeriesHerself
Knife to the Heart1997TV Mini-Series documentaryNarrator
Eye to Eye with Connie Chung1993TV SeriesHerself (Host) (1993-1995)
Late Night with David Letterman1983-1992TV SeriesHerself
The Howard Stern Show1990-1992TV SeriesHerself
Face to Face with Connie Chung1990TV SeriesHerself (Anchor) (1990)
Donahue1985-1990TV SeriesHerself
The Arsenio Hall Show1990TV SeriesHerself
Saturday Night with Connie Chung1989TV SeriesHerself (Anchor) (1989-1990)
CBS This Morning1987TV SeriesHerself - Substitute Co-Host (1990-1993)
Hour Magazine1987TV SeriesHerself
19861986TV Series documentaryHerself - Co-Host
NBC 60th Anniversary Celebration1986TV Special documentaryHerself
American Almanac1985TV MovieHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1985TV SeriesHerself
NBC News at Sunrise1983TV SeriesHerself - Anchor (1983-1986)
CBS Evening News with Dan Rather1981TV SeriesHerself - Substitute Anchor (1989-1995) / Co-anchor (1993-1995)
CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite1975TV SeriesHerself - Correspondent
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt1970TV SeriesHerself - Substitute Anchor (1983-1989)
ABC World News Tonight with David Muir1953TV SeriesHerself - Substitute anchor (1998-2002)

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Eighties2016TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself - CBS News / Herself - NBC News
Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words2016DocumentaryHerself
Traficant: The Congressman of Crimetown2015DocumentaryHerself
Black Mass2015Herself (uncredited)
Above the Fray: The Lessons of Dukakis '882014Documentary shortHerself
Mad As Hell2014DocumentaryHerself
Killer Legends2014DocumentaryHerself - Newscaster
The '80s: The Decade That Made Us2013TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Big Miracle2012Herself (uncredited)
Ethos2011/IDocumentaryHerself - CBS News Reporter
30 for 302010TV Series documentaryHerself
Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story2008DocumentaryHerself - News Anchor
The O'Reilly Factor2008TV SeriesHerself
911 Amateur2007Video documentary shortHerself - ABC Reporter
Maxed Out2006DocumentaryHerself
Mademoiselle and the Doctor2004DocumentaryHerself
Tupac: Resurrection2003DocumentaryHerself
Brother's Keeper1992DocumentaryHerself (uncredited)
Slaying the Dragon1988TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)

Awards

Won Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2000EmmyNews & Documentary Emmy AwardsOutstanding News and Documentary Program Achievement - Programs & SegmentsABC 2000: The Millennium (1999)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia
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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