23 Facts About Jane Pauley


Jane Pauley first became widely known as Barbara Walters's successor on the NBC morning show Today, beginning at the age of 25, where she was a co-anchor from 1976 to 1989, at first with Tom Brokaw, and later with Bryant Gumbel; for a short while in the late 1980s she and Gumbel worked with Deborah Norville.

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In 2014, Jane Pauley appeared as an interview subject on the CBS program CBS Sunday Morning; positive audience response to this segment led to Jane Pauley being hired as a contributor to the show later in 2014.

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Jane Pauley's was elevated to the role of the program's host in 2016, succeeding Charles Osgood, making her the anchor of a regular morning news program for the first time in over 25 years and becoming her first job as the host of any television program since 2005; she continues in this role as of 2022.

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Jane Pauley's has publicly acknowledged her struggle with bipolar disorder.

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Jane Pauley's is married to the cartoonist Garry Trudeau, creator of the comic strip Doonesbury.

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Jane Pauley's is a fifth-generation Hoosier and the second child of Richard Grandison Pauley and Mary E Pauley.

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Jane Pauley grew up idolizing her older sister, Ann, who has been her closest confidante since childhood.

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Speech and debate champion at Warren Central High School in Indianapolis, Jane Pauley placed first in the Girls' Extemporaneous Speaking division of the National Forensic League in Indiana.

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Jane Pauley's was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma where she sang with the sorority jug band, the Kappa Pickers.

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Jane Pauley's graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with a B A in Political Science in 1972.

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Barely ten months later, Jane Pauley was chosen to replace Barbara Walters on the Today show.

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Jane Pauley, who had been contemplating a change, hoping to spend more time with her three children, asked to settle her contract, but NBC declined.

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In October 1989, after prolonged negotiations, Jane Pauley announced that, after 13 years, she would leave the Today show in December, but would soon begin working on projects at NBC.

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Public reaction amid the perception that Jane Pauley was being cast aside for a younger woman was swift and consequential.

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Since Jane Pauley left as co-host and Deborah Norville replaced her, the Today show had fallen from its leadership position in the competition among the three network morning shows to a distant second place, almost a full rating point behind ABC's Good Morning America.

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Pauley's image was run on the cover of many magazines those months, including the December 1989 cover of Life magazine with the headline "Our Loss, Her Dream: How Jane Pauley got what she wanted – time for her kids, prime time for herself".

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In 1990, Jane Pauley co-hosted the 42nd Primetime Emmy Awards, alongside Candice Bergen and Jay Leno and began to serve as substitute anchor for NBC Nightly News.

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Jane Pauley co-anchored Dateline from 1992 to 2003 along with Stone Phillips.

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In 2004, she returned to television as host of The Jane Pauley Show, a syndicated daytime talk show distributed by NBC Universal.

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Jane Pauley's campaigned publicly for President Obama in her home state of Indiana in 2008, a year when she was not affiliated with any network news organization.

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In March 2009, Jane Pauley returned to the Today show as a contributor hosting a weekly segment, "Your Life Calling, " sponsored by AARP, which profiled people throughout the country age 50+ who were reinventing their lives in new and different ways.

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Jane Pauley has been a guest host on CBS This Morning and has filled in for Scott Pelley on the CBS Evening News.

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Jane Pauley serves on the board of directors for the Children's Health Fund in New York City and is a member of the Board of Directors of The Mind Trust, an Indianapolis-based non-profit organization that supports education innovation and reform.

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