Connie Chung is an American journalist. Connie Chung is famously known for being an anchor and reporter for the U.S. television news networks such as NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, and MSNBC as well. In addition, her well-known interview subjects are Claus von Bulow and U.S. Representative Gary Condit.
Table of Biography
Early life and Childhood
Connie Chung’s full name is Constance Yu-Hwa Chung. The famed American journalist was born on 20th August 1946. She was born in Washington, D.C. When she was born, her family shifted to Washington, D.C. from China. Therefore, she grew up in D.C. Currently, she is 74 years old.
Her father’s name is William Ling Chung. He was an intelligence officer in the Chinese Nationalist Government. Her mother is Margaret Ma. She has a sister named Josephine Chen.
Unfortunately, her father and five of her siblings died during wartime. She has an American nationality. Her ethnicity is Asian-American with the horoscope of Leo.
The popular correspondent is the graduate student of Montogomery Blair High School. The school is located in Silver Spring, Maryland. Later on, she went on to receive a degree in journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park in 1969.
Professional Life and Career
Initially, Chung was a Washington-based newswoman for the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite in the early 1970s in the course of the Watergate political scandal. Latterly, she left to anchor evening newscasts for KNXT (now KCBS-TV). It is the networks owned and operated a station in Los Angeles.
Similarly, Connie hosted the network’s primetime news updates (CBS Newsbreak) for West Coast stations from the KNXT studios at Columbia Square during her period of time.
She rebounded to network news as an anchor of NBC’s new early program, NBC News at Sunrise in 1983. Correspondingly, she left NBC for CBS in 1989. She hosted Saturday Night with Connie Chung. Later renamed as ‘Face to Face with Connie Chung‘.
Kathleen Gingrich’s interview and Oklahoma City bombing interview are some of the highlights in the career of Chung. In an interview with Kathleen Gingrich, Ching asked about Kathleen’s son’s thoughts about First Kady Hillary Clinton on January 5, 1995. Chung was highly criticized for sarcasm as she asked an Oklahoma City Fire Department spokesman, “Can the Oklahoma City Fire Department handle this?”
ABC, CNN, and MSNBC
The experienced reporter joined ABC News as a reporter in 20/20 in 1997. She also became the co-host of the Monday edition of the program alongside Charles Gibson. After a while, she hosted her own show on CNN named ‘Connie Chung Tonight‘.
Moreover, Chung has also interviewed tennis player Martina Navratilova in July 2002. Martina Navratilova had been a naturalized U.S. citizen for more than twenty years about her recent criticisms of the U.S. political system during that time.
Since 2003, Chung made her first appearance as a television host on MSNBC in 2006. She hosted a show titled ‘Weekends with Maury and Connie’ together with Maury Povich in January 2006.
Moroever, she accepted a teaching fellowship at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. While teaching at Harvard, she wrote a review paper titled The Business of Getting “The Get”: Nailing an Exclusive Interview in Prime Time.
In one of the TV comedy series MadTV, she got portrayed by Bobby Lee. Similarly, she made an appearance in a season two episode of long-running sitcom Murphy Brown, “TV or Not TV.” Jay and Silent Bob made a cameo appearance calling Courtney Cox’s Character, Gale Weathers, “Connie Chung” in the film Scream 3.
Awards and Nomination
There are many titles and awards won by the brilliant journalist, Connie Chung. In 1996, she was the winner of CBS Reports and The Dying Rooms. She was nominated in No Time To Be A Child, People In Motion and Web Of Life. Similarly, she was the winner of ‘The Learning Channel’s Great Books‘. Her nominations in the year were Nightline, Heart of Africa and America Undercover.
The reporter won the title of ‘A Kill For A Kill’ and ‘Breathing Lessons’ in the following year, 1998. Thus, the nominations were for Jerusalem and The Learning Channel’s Great Books. Chung won ‘America Undercover’ and nominated for POV in 1999. In 2000, she achieved the title of ‘Cinemas Reel Life’ and ‘ABC 2000 Today’. She was also nominated in ‘The Century America’s Time’.
She also received a certificate of achievement by the US Humane Society in 1969 for a series of broadcasts that helped to enhance public awareness of cruelty in seal hunting. Furthermore, she was named outstanding young woman of the year in 1975 by ‘Ladies’ Home Journal’ and she was also nominated for woman of the year. Moreover, Chung has also received honorary doctorates in journalism from numerous universities.
Connie Chung earned $2 million per year when she hosted her own show, ‘Connie Chung Tonight‘ on CNN. The net worth of the journalist is estimated to be $15 million. There are no further details about her endorsements and personal belongings.
Connie Chung married talk show host Maury Povich. The couple met each other for the first time while hosting together in a show. They have an adopted son, whose name is Matthew Jay Povich. They adopted him in the year 1995.
Rumors and Controversy
There are not many rumors and controversies regarding Connie Chung. She seems to balance her professional as well as personal life.
However, the 73-year-old commentator has claimed that she was sexually harassed in her career in 2018. According to her, she had to face harassment so many times, especially during the introductory phase of her career. Similarly, Christine Blasey Ford also revealed, Brett Kavanaugh sexually assault her.
Furthermore, she wrote a public letter to Christine. She said that Christine was also sexually harassed during her college days by a doctor.
Body Measurements and Social Media
Despite not being young as before, Connie Chung is able to maintain herself with a great appearance. She is about 155 cm tall in height and her weight is 51 kg. She has a black hair color. Her eye color is dark brown.
She seems to be inactive in social media such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.