Jane Pauley Biography

News Anchor, Talk Show Host (1950–)
Television journalist Jane Pauley is the host of 'CBS Sunday Morning.' She was a correspondent and co-anchor for NBC’s 'Today,' and also started the weekly magazine series 'Real Life with Jane Pauley,' which was later renamed 'Dateline.'


Jane Pauley was born on October 31, 1950, in Indianapolis, Indiana. In 1976, she joined NBC’s Today show as a correspondent, and later co-anchored with Tom Brokaw and his replacement, Bryant Gumbel. After resigning from her position on Today in 1989, Pauley began a successful NBC weekly magazine series, Real Life with Jane Pauley, which was later renamed Dateline. In 2003, after 27 years of broadcasting, Pauley announced that she was leaving NBC. After publicly acknowledging her struggle with bipolar disorder, Pauley returned to television as a contributor to CBS Sunday Morning and guest anchor for CBS This Morning and The Evening News. In October 2016, she stepped in as host of CBS Sunday Morning after Charles Osgood announced his retirement.

Early Life & TV Career

Born on October 31, 1950, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Jane Pauley was one of the best known morning television personalities during the 1970s and 1980s. After graduating from Indiana University in 1971, she worked as a reporter for an Indianapolis television station for a few years. In 1975, Pauley served briefly a reporter and a co-anchor in Chicago before leaving in 1976 to join NBC's Today as a correspondent. She later became co-anchor with Tom Brokaw and his replacement Bryant Gumbel. In addition to her duties on Today, Pauley served as a correspondent and writer for NBC News for a time.

Resigning after Deborah Norville, a younger female host, was added in 1989, Pauley began a successful NBC weekly magazine series, Real Life with Jane Pauley, later renamed Dateline. In 1995, her work was recognized with an Emmy and an American Women in Radio and Television Award. Pauley also substituted for Tom Brokaw on the NBC Nightly News. In June 2003, after 27 years of broadcasting, Pauley announced she was leaving NBC. A few months later, she signed a deal with the network to host her own daytime talk show, which premiered in the fall of 2004 and was canceled eight months later due to poor ratings.

Books & Advocacy

In addition to her television career, Pauley has authored a book about her personal struggle with bipolar disorder, Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue (2004). Two years later, she became involved in a legal battle with The New York Times. In Pauley's lawsuit, she claimed that she was misled about the nature of a 2005 interview she did. She believed that she was contributing to a news article within a special advertising supplement, not to the advertisement itself.

Pauley has publicly acknowledged her struggle with bipolar disorder and has lent her time and name to community health and education advocacy programs and has served on the leadership board for New York City’s Children’s Health Fund.

In 2009, Pauley returned to the Today show to contribute Your Life Calling, a weekly segment sponsored by the AARP about the inspiring lives of people over 50. The series aired through 2013 and inspired Pauley's second book Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life (2014).

CBS Sunday Morning 

Since 2014, Pauley has contributed to the CBS Sunday Morning show, and has filled in as a guest anchor of CBS This Morning and The Evening News. In September 2016, Charles Osgood, the host of CBS Sunday Morning, announced that Pauley would be his replacement following his retirement. She began hosting CBS Sunday Morning on October 9, 2016. 

Personal Life

Pauley lives in New York City with her husband, cartoonist Garry Trudeau, the creator of Doonesbury. The couple married in 1980 and have three children, twins Rachel and Ross and Thomas.

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