Julie Chen has been described as a major force on American TV and the reason is not farfetched. In a career spanning three decades, she has endeared herself to audiences as the host of several shows including Big Brother reality TV series. She has also produced many news and talk show programs for the CBS Network. Find out more about Chen here including her husband and kids, height and net worth.
Julie Chen Bio (Age)
Julie Suzanne Chen Moonves was born on the 6th of January 1970. Her father’s name is David Y. Chen while her mother’s name is Wan Ling Chen. She also has two sisters named Vicki and Gladys. Chen’s parents are originally from China and immigrated to The United States as adults. Julie Chen spent her formative years in Queens, New York City. She attended St Francis Prep from where she graduated in 1987.
After that, she also attended the University of Southern California where she studied broadcast journalism and English. She obtained her degree in the year 1987. Chen commenced her career while she was still in college.
Her first taste of real-life journalism came as an intern at CBS Morning News. This was in the year 1991 and she mostly did grunt work such as answering calls and distributing faxes. She was however not discouraged by this and regarded it as part of the learning process.
After her CBS internship, Chen also interned at ABC News One. She gave a good account of herself and upon graduation, they offered her a position as a full-time staff. This was in 1992 and she spent the next three years with the station as a producer.
In 1995, Chen moved to Dayton (Ohio) where she joined WDTN-TV as a news anchor. This particular gig lasted for two years and in 1997, she moved to a New York TV station known as WCBS-TV. Julie Chen got her career breakthrough in 1999 when she was tapped to join the CBS Network.
Since joining CBS, she has anchored several shows such as CBS Morning News, CBS This Morning and The Early Show. She has also served as one of the hosts of The Talk – a show which is similar to The View. It involves an all-female panellist giving their opinion on the days hot topics. The show has also featured formidable ladies such as Eve, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler, and Sheryl Underwood.
Family (Husband, Kids and son)
Julie Chen is married to Leslie Roy Moonves. Moonves also works in the media industry but rather than hosting or anchoring, he is an executive. He has served on the board of directors of many media giants. He has also held many executive positions in CBS and was the chairman and CEO of the CBS Corporation from 2003 to 2018.
Chen and her husband commenced their relationship in the year 2004. They got married that same year; tying the knot in Mexico on the 23rd of December 2004. Chen has one son with her husband and his name is Charlie Moonves (born in 2009). She also has three stepchildren as a result of her husband’s first marriage. Moonves was previously married to a lady named Nancy Wiesenfeld. The union lasted from 1978 to 2003 and produced two sons; Michael and Adam as well as a daughter named Sara.
Julie Chen is 5 feet 5 inches (1.65m) tall and weighs 56 kg. Her hair colour is black while her eye colour is brown. Other additional measurements are chest – 35 inches, waist – 24 inches and hips – 35 inches. The TV personality has disclosed that when she was starting out as a journalist, someone advised her to have plastic surgery in order to fix her Chinese looking eyes. She heeded the advice back then as she was trying to succeed in the industry.
The New York native has a net worth of $8 million. Her considerable fortune is as a result of the many TV shows she has hosted. Her husband, on the other hand, is significantly wealthier and has a fortune of $800 million. Chen’s career has come under pressure in recent times and this is as a result of her husband. In 2018, several women brought allegations of sexual assault against Moonves. These allegations forced him to step down from his exalted position as the CEO of the CBS Network. The scandal put Chen between a rock and a hard place. She didn’t know whether to support her husband or her fellow women. She eventually supported her husband and described him as a kind, decent and moral human being.