For more than three decades, veteran American journalist Connie Chung made her marks in almost all the major American television news networks including CNN, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, ABS. Connie who succeeded in building a lasting reputation for herself mostly worked as a news correspondent/anchor during her broadcasting career. She gained much nationwide prominence through her Eye to Eye with Connie Chung interview program.
Meanwhile, behind Connie Chung’s successful professional life is her marital life with equally successful American television personality, Maury Povich. Povich who has also served as a presenter and host on numerous U.S news networks is most popular for his syndicated tabloid talk show, Maury (1991-present). Unlike what is obtainable in marriages comprising people of the same profession, Connie and Maury have been married for over three decades now.
Connie Chung Age and Early Life
She was born Constance Yu-Hwa Chung on 20th August 1946 in Washington D.C., United States. Chung is the last of ten children born to a Chinese government Intelligent Officer, William Ling Chung. Mr. Chung migrated with his family from China to the US some months before Connie was born. She is, therefore, American by Nationality and Asian by ethnicity.
Connie Chung completed her high school education at the Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland. She then proceeded to the University of Maryland in College Park, earning a degree in Journalism in 1969.
On graduating from the university, Chung took up a job as a correspondent for CBS Evening News in Washington. She later joined KNXT (now KCBS-TV) in Los Angeles, working as an anchor for evening newscasts, and subsequently for CBS Newsbreak from the KNXT studios at Columbia Square.
In 1983, Connie Chung joined NBC, anchoring the network’s programs, NBC News At Sunrise and NBC Nightly News. She also co-hosted NBC’s newsmagazines, American Almanac and 1986. After working on NBC for about six years, she left for CBS, hosting Saturday Night with Connie Chung alongside anchoring CBS Sunday Evening News. Connie’s stay at CBS was also a six-year marathon. She left the network in 1995 to focus on conducting independent interviews with her Eye to Eye with Connie Chung.
Eye to Eye earned her much fame amidst a series of controversies and criticisms over her interviewing style. Some of the most prominent controversies erupted from her interview of Kathleen Gingrich, Martina Navratilova, and spokesperson of the Oklahoma City Fire Department which eventually led to her demotion and subsequent dismissal from CBS. There was a massive public outcry over a question she posed to the fireman following the Oklahoma City bombings which many deemed “inappropriate” and “insensitive”.
Connie moved to ABC News in 1997, working as a reporter and subsequently as the co-host of Monday’s edition of the network’s 20/20 program from 1998 to 2000. In 2002, she began hosting her own show, Connie Chung Tonight, on CNN. The program lasted barely a year, terminating in 2003 following the commencement of the Iraq war.
In 2006, Connie Chung alongside her husband Maury Povich started hosting Weekends with Maury and Connie on MSNBC. The show, however, did not last as it was canceled after six months due to low ratings. She retired from her television career the same year.
In addition to broadcasting, Connie has made appearances in a number of films/television series including Moscow on the Hudson (1984), Murphy Brown (1989), and Fresh Off the Boat (2015). She also served as one of the judges for the 2011 Miss Universe beauty pageant.
How SHe Met and Married Her Husband – Maury Povich
Connie Chung met Maury Povich, a fellow journalist in 1968. That was while she worked as a secretary at WTTG-TV in Washington where the latter also worked as a news presenter at the time. Povich had just divorced his first wife, Phyllis Minkoff whom he married in 1962. The duo started dating and later married on 2nd December 1984.
Chung together with her husband, Povich adopted a son, Matthew Jay Povich in 1995. They have no biological children together. In addition to her adopted son, Connie also has two step-daughters – Susan Anne Povich and Amy Joyce Povich who were born from Maury’s previous marriage. Susan and Amy are both married with kids.
From 2017 to 2019, Connie Chung’s net worth has been estimated to fall between $15 and $ 25 million. She mainly built her wealth from her long years as a television anchor. In the early 2000s, she earned an annual salary of $2 million for her Connie Chung Tonight show on CNN.
Facts About Maury Povich’s Wife
1. Connie Chung lost five of her siblings during the Chinese Civil War. She presently has four living older sisters, among whom are June Chung (married to John Fugh), and Josephine Chen.
2. Before meeting Maury Povich, Chung had dated legendary American actor, Warren Beatty who later had his first marriage (to Annette Bening) at 55.
3. She converted to Judaism after marrying Maury Povich and has since been a devoted worshiper, regularly attending synagogue with her family and maintaining a kosher lifestyle.
4. Connie had infertility issues including a miscarriage and several failed IVFs. She consequently reduced her workload in 1991 after seven years of fruitless marriage with the aim of cutting down on stress to increase her chances of conception. She, however, finally resorted to adoption after all the measures she adopted failed.
5. It sounds quite bizarre that the same doctor that delivered Connie Chung, sexually abused her while she was in college. Sounding more strange is the fact that Connie revealed the incident at the age of 72, fifty years after it occurred!
6. Chung broke records as the first Asian and second female ever to anchor on a major network in the U.S after she became the first female co-anchor of the popular CBS Evening News in 1993.
7. She was the first journalist to interview legendary NBA basketball player, Magic Johnson after he went public with his HIV-positive status.
8. Connie Chung is a teaching fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government where she published a discussion paper titled The Business of Getting “The Get”: Nailing an Exclusive Interview in Prime Time.
9. In 2013, she was among the New Jersey Hall of Fame for General Services nominees. She was later inducted into the 2016 New Jersey Hall of Fame in the Arts and Letters.
10. Standing at 5 feet 1 inch, Connie is 1 foot shorter than Maury who is 6 feet 1 inch tall.