Connie Chung is a well-known American journalist of Chinese origin. During her career, she has worked as an anchor as well as a reporter for the U.S. television news networks such as NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, and MSNBC. She launched a program ‘Eye to Eye with Connie Chung’ which became quite popular across the country. The program was mixed with news and celebrity-friendly feature interviews. Though the program was popular among viewers, Chung was criticized for focusing more on entertainment rather than news. In 1993, she became only the second woman to co-anchor CBS Evening News, along with being the first Asian American woman to become an anchor in a major network newscast of the United States of America.
She has conducted several famous interviews as well, including that of the US Representative Gary Condit, who was interviewed after the Chandra Levy disappearance. She also interviewed the famous basketball player Earvin Johnson after he announced publicly that he was HIV-positive. She gained controversy after the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 because of an inappropriate question which she had posed to a fireman during an interview. Her question was considered highly insensitive to the situation and resulted in protest letters from the viewers. After much public outcry, she was laid off as a co-anchor of the CBS Evening.
Connie Chung Bio/Wiki
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Family, Education & More
The youngest of ten children, Chung was born in Washington, D.C., less than a year after her family emigrated from China and was raised in D.C. Her father, William Ling Chung, was an intelligence officer in the Chinese Nationalist Government and five of her siblings died during wartime. She graduated from Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland, and went on to receive a degree in journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1969.
She has been married to talk show host Maury Povich(Connie Chung Husband) since 1984. Chung has not officially converted to Judaism but according to Maury Povich, “She knows more Yiddish than you.” Chung has since become devoted to the faith, and she attends synagogue with her family. Chung has noted publicly that she and Povich maintain a kosher lifestyle year-round. Chung announced that she was reducing her workload in 1991 in the hopes of getting pregnant. Together, they have one son, Matthew, whom they adopted on June 20, 1995.
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Connie Chung Net Worth
Connie Chung net worth: Connie Chung is a Chinese American journalist who has a net worth of $16 million. Connie Chung has accumulated her wealth as a news anchor for networks like NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, and MSNBC. Born in August of 1946, she is best known for acting as both reporter and news anchor for a number of U.S.-based television news networks. Including NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, and MSNBC, at which she has interviewed a number of important individuals and covered controversial themes, especially those which are political.
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- In the early 1970s, during the Watergate political scandal, Chung was a Washington-based correspondent for the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite. She then anchored evening newscasts for KNXT (now KCBS-TV) and CBS Newsbreak for West Coast stations.
- In 1989, Chung hosted Saturday Night with Connie Chung and CBS Sunday Evening News. She became the second woman after Barbara Walters to co-anchor a major network’s national news weekday broadcast on 1 June 1993. Chung joined ABC News and began independent interviews.
- Chung’s interview with Kathleen Gingrich, mother of Republican politician Newt Gingrich on 5 January 1995 about First Lady Hillary Clinton drew some ferocious criticism toward her. Chung’s another interview with Oklahoma City Fire Department spokesman about Oklahoma City bombing in April 1995 cost her co-anchor post of CBS Evening News. She joined ABC News in 1997.
- Chung show on CNN entitled Connie Chung Tonight was canceled during the 2003 Iraq War. CNN founder Ted Turner called the show “just awful”.
- Chung and Maury Povich’s show titled Weekends with Maury and Connie on MSNBC started in January 2006. The show did not gain much popularity to the viewers and it was later canceled and aired its final episode on 17 June 2006. Chung sang a parody to the tune of “Thanks for the Memory” during its last episode.
- Chung’s interview with tennis player Martina Navratilova about U.S. political system, with Oklahoma City Fire Department spokesman about Oklahoma City bombing, with Kathleen Gingrich about then-First Lady Hillary Clinton, and with basketball legend Magic Johnson after going public about being HIV-Positive, with Claus von Bulow and U.S. Representative Gary Condit about Chandra Levy disappearance were some of the famous interviews she took.
Chung has been focusing on her family
Part of the reason that Connie Chung stepped back from television was so that she could raise a family. After a miscarriage and multiple failed attempts at in vitro fertilization, Chung and her husband adopted their son, Matthew, in 1995. Chung was 48 years old at the time. For the first couple of years of motherhood, Chung stayed at home with her son before returning to work for a few years when he was a toddler.
A short time later, she again returned to being a stay-at-home mom. “I think teen or pre-teen years are the time to always be around,” she told Mamalode in 2011. “I haven’t worked in several years, so I’ve been able to keep an eye on Matthew! I think it’s important to know who his pals are and to know their parents. I think these years are the ones in which kids can take the wrong path. I want to keep my radar extended so I know what’s going on!”
A memoir might be in the works for Connie Chung
Connie has teased that there might be a memoir in her future, but, at the time of this writing, there hasn’t been any announcement for a book yet. “I’ve been thinking and thinking about it,” she told The Star in 2012. “I’m toying around with something that is my history but it wouldn’t be typical of people who write memoirs. I don’t want to read about people revealing their innermost thoughts and insecurities.”
Instead of focusing on the private details of her life, Chung said that her (potential) memoir would describe her Chinese-American family and their experiences of coming to America and assimilating into American culture. Chung, the youngest of ten children, was born shortly after her family arrived in America in 1945. “They came from China and my father got everyone here,” she said. “People don’t know how Chinese I am. My actions are clearly American but there’s a big strong face that’s Chinese.
Some Known Facts About Chung
- Chung accepted a teaching fellowship at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
- Chung was one of the judges for the Miss Universe 2011 contest.
- She was removed in CBS Evening News co-anchor after a controversial interview with a fireman about Oklahoma City bombing,
- Chung is mentioned in the musical Songs For a New World in the song “Just One Step” in the lyric: I think it’s Maury Povich, and Connie too – HI CONNIE!
What Does Chung Do?
Actor, Journalist, Newscaster, Television Producer
Did Connie Chung Have A Baby?
Connie And Maury Povich Share Three Children Together But Let’s Just Talk From Connie’s Side. Connie Currently Has Two Step-daughters Susan Povich And Amy Povich From Maury’s Previous Marriage With Phyllis Minkoff. She And Maury Also Have An Adopted Son.
Did Chung Leave Her Husband?
She Has Been Married To Talk Show Host Maury Povich Since 1984. Chung Has Not Officially Converted To Judaism But According To Maury Povich, “She Knows More Yiddish Than You.” Chung Has Since Become Devoted To The Faith, And She Attends Synagogue With Her Family.
What Is Connie Chung Net Worth?
Connie Is A Chinese American Journalist Who Has A Net Worth Of $16 Million. Chung Has Accumulated Her Wealth As A News Anchor For Networks Like Nbc, Cbs, Abc, Cnn, And Msnbc.