Maury Povich is an American journalist and television personality most popular for his self-titled syndicated talk show, Maury which has been airing non-stop since 1991. In his over three-decade-old broadcasting career, Povich has worked with several recognized news companies such as NBC, CBS, and ABC. In addition to television broadcasting, Maury is also an actor, having featured in a number of television shows including The Swinger (2001), How I Met Your Mother (2010), and Madea’s Big Happy Family (2011). Here is more about his life behind the cameras.
Maury Povich – Bio, Age
He was born Maurice Richard Povich on January 17, 1939, in the Washington District of Columbia, United States. He is the second of three children born into the Jewish home of Shirley Povich (of Lithuanian origins), and his wife Ethyl Friedman.
Maury Povich grew up in Washington D.C. alongside his brother, David, and sister, Lynn. His father was a popular Washington Post sports columnist. His job influenced Maury as a child, making him develop an interest in sports and news. Growing up, he once served as a batboy for the Washington Senators.
Maury completed his high school education in 1957 from the Landon School in Bethesda, Maryland. He then proceeded to the University of Pennsylvania where he studied Television Journalism, graduating in 1962.
On graduating from the university, Povich landed a reporting job at the local Washington D.C. radio station, WWDC. He subsequently held several other positions in different locations for the station. In 1966, he joined Metromedia’s WTTG-TV as a sportscaster, and later became a co-host of the radio’s popular midday talk show, Panorama in 1967. He maintained the position until 1976 when he left Washington to seek greener pastures. The following years saw Maury take up numerous prestigious but short-lived jobs with several broadcasting companies including NBC, CBS, and ABC across US cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Philadelphia. He eventually returned to Washington in 1983, once again taking up his hosting position on WTTG’s Panorama, in addition to anchoring the TV’s 10 O’Clock News.
Following the acquisition of Metromedia by Rupert Murdoch, Povich became the host of the company’s tabloid TV program, A Current Affair which is aired on WNYW. He held the position, alongside anchoring the channel’s 7:00 pm News until 1991 when he created The Maury Povich Show. The show is a syndicated tabloid talk show which mainly borders around issues of infidelity and the real fathers of kids. Maury’s company, MoPo productions serves as the producer alongside other media production companies.
Maury Povich had gained considerable fame from “A Current Affair” such that when he set up his own show, The Maury Povich Show later metamorphosed into Maury in the late 1990s, it was boom! It continued to enjoy tremendous success with “Who’s the Daddy” (whereon paternity tests were conducted to establish or refute the fatherhood of a child) being its most popular segment. The show, however, soon started plunging into a sharp decline around the early 2000s amidst negative reviews.
In 2006, Povich started hosting alongside his wife, the Weekends with Maury and Connie show on MSNBC. The show, however, terminated after six months due to poor ratings. In 2007, Maury created a Flathead County-based newspaper, the Flathead Beacon. In 2009, he also hosted NBC’s short-lived classic game show, Twenty One.
So far in his television career, Maury Povich has been severally recognized and honored for his outstanding performances. He is an 11-time nominee and one-time winner of Daytime Emmy Award, among others. In 1995, then New York City mayor, Rudolph Giuliani honored him for his contributions for promoting the National Adoption Month.
Povich is the co-author of Current Affairs: A Life on the Edge published in 1991. He served as the President of the National Television Academy for two consecutive tenures.
His Wife, Son, and Daughter
Maury Povich married Phyllis Minkoff, a Public Relations Consultant in 1962. They, however, divorced in 1979 after producing two daughters – Susan Anne (born in 1963) and Amy Joyce (born in 1967). Povich’s first daughter, Susan is a practicing lawyer. She married Ralph Gorham, a furniture construction consultant on May 9, 1998. They have a son, Jesse Lewis born in 1999. His second daughter, Amy is an actress. She married David Agus, an American medical doctor, and author on May 30, 1994. They have two kids – Sidney and Miles born in 1997 and 2000 respectively.
Five years after the end of his first marriage, precisely on December 2, 1984, Maury Povich married Connie Chung. Povich met Chung in 1968 while they both worked at WTTG as host and secretary respectively. Maury Povich’s wife, Connie Chung is a successful news presenter who has worked on numerous prestigious channels including for NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, and MSNBC. Chung came to a more heightened public notice after she shared her 5-decade-old experience of sexual assault with Christine Blasey Ford, the medical doctor that accused Brett Kavanaugh of assault in 2018.
After marrying for a decade without a child, Maury and Connie adopted a son named Mathew Jay Povich in 1995. The couple presently lives in Manhattan, New York.
Maury Povich’s net worth is estimated between $45 and $60 million. Maury amassed his wealth from his longstanding on-air career. Among the major sources of his income are the Maury show and MoPo Productions. Maury which has released over 26 seasons with up to 2,650 episodes plowed in $13 million in 2012. The show has grossed a significant amount of wealth for Povich, having aired across the entire US for almost 30 years.
Maury also makes reasonable sums from other investments including his stake in the ownership of D.C. bar and restaurant, Chatter.
Maury Povich stands tall at a height of 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 meters) which blends in with his slender build.