Jane Pauley Biography

Jane Pauley the anchor of CBS News Sunday Morning, has been a broadcast journalist for over four decades. Her career spanned almost 13 years as a co-host of NBC’s Today show and over a decade as a co-anchor of Dateline NBC. Pauley took over as host of Sunday Morning on October 9, 2016, becoming only the third anchor in the show’s history, according to CBS.

How old is Jane Pauley? – Age

Jane Pauley was born on October 31, 1950, in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is 71 years as of 2021.

Where did Jane Pauley go to school? – Education

In 1968, she graduated from Indianapolis’ Warren Central High School. Throughout her academic career, she won various speech and debate competitions. She then attended Indiana University, where she majored in political science and was a member of the sorority ‘Kappa Kappa Gamma.’

Jane Pauley – Family

He was born to Richard Pauley, a salesman for Wilson Milk Company, and Mary Pauley, a housewife and part-time musician who played the organ at church services every week. Jane Pauley has one elder sister, Ann, whom she looks up to and considers her closest buddy.

Jane Pauley husband

Pauley married the artist and author of the comic strip “Doonesbury” Garry Trudeau on June 14, 1980. Ross and Thomas are the couple’s two boys, while Rachel is their daughter. They have two grandkids as well.

Jane Pauley The CBS journalist
Jane Pauley The CBS journalist

What is Pauley Salary?

Her earnings have been predicted to be $1.2 million annually.

Pauley Net Worth

She has a net worth estimated to be $40 million.

Jane Pauley Career

After graduating from college, she landed her first position as a reporter for the Indianapolis network station WISH-TV in 1972.
After three years at WISH-TV, she joined veteran anchor Floyd Kalber at Chicago’s WMAQ-TV in 1975. She was Chicago’s first female evening news anchor.
After only ten months at WMAQ-TV, she was chosen to replace Barbara Walters on NBC’s “Today” show. She was just 25 years old when she joined the ‘Today’ Show.

Tom Brokaw was Pauley’s first Today Show co-anchor; he co-anchored the show from 1976 until December 1981. Bryant Gumbel joined her on January 4, 1982. Pauley also occurred to anchor the Sunday edition of ‘NBC Nightly News’ from 1980 to 1982.

After giving birth to twins in 1983, Pauley became a symbol for working moms. The public and media were carefully following her pregnancy.
Rumors that newsreader Deborah Norville will succeed Pauley began to circulate in 1989 after the former was given a greater role in the two-hour shows. Jane Pauley announced her departure from the Today program in October 1989 in order to spend more time with her three children.
The New York Times reported on February 26, 1990, that the Today show has lost 10% of its popularity since January 26. It also dropped to second place in the top network ratings, after ABC’s Good Morning America.
Pauley’s disappearance was seen as one of the most significant contributors to the show’s rating decline.
According to a June 23, 1990, story in New York Magazine, the Today program lost an estimated $10 million in the one-year period from February 1989 to February 1990 due to a 22 percent drop in ratings. ‘Back From the Brink, Jane Pauley Has Become America’s Favorite Newswoman,’ read the headline.
After she announced her departure from the Today program, she got over 4,000 messages from admirers. Michael Kinsley, who referred to her as the “heroine of his generation,” wrote one of these letters.
Pauley drew a lot of media attention immediately after she made her statement. Her photograph appeared on the covers of Life magazine in December 1989 and New York Magazine on July 23, 1990, when she was dubbed “The Loved One.”

On March 13, 1990, Pauley made a comeback on NBC with a primetime show titled ‘Changes: Conversations with Jane Pauley.’ According to a March 15th, 1990 report in The Washington Post, this primetime show scored a 13.3 national Nielsen rating and a 24 percent viewer share.
Pauley co-hosted the 42nd Primetime Emmy Awards in 1990 with Candice Bergen and Jay Leno. During this time, she also began working as a replacement anchor for NBC Nightly News. Following the popularity of her primetime special ‘Changes,’ NBC planned five one-hour specials titled ‘Real Life with Jane Pauley’ in the summer of 1990. These five programs also received high ratings, prompting the development of a second half-hour series with the same title in January 1991. This sitcom, however, was discontinued in October 1991 after only one season.
On March 31, 1992, NBC debuted its newest magazine show, Dateline. Pauley co-anchored the show with Stone Phillips from 1992 until 2003. During this time, she also hosted “Time and Again,” a half-hour show that aired on MSNBC. Pauley decided not to renegotiate her soon-to-expire contract in 2003.

NBC was taken aback by this choice and she returned to television in 2004 as the host of ‘The Jane Pauley Show.’
The chat show was a syndicated program distributed by NBC Universal to various networks. Despite the show’s poor ratings and eventual cancellation after only one season, Pauley refers to it as the “proudest year of her life.”
Following the discontinuation of her program, Pauley appeared on a variety of television shows, including a half-hour PBS special titled “Depression: Out of the Shadows.” This show was first broadcast in May of 2008. Pauley also campaigned for President Obama in her native state of Indiana in 2008. In March 2009, Pauley returned to the Today show to lead a weekly piece called ‘Your Life Calling.’ This prompted Pauley to publish ‘Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life,’ her second New York Times best-selling book.
Pauley, along with her former workmate Bryant Gumbel, as well as former Today show anchor Matt Lauer and current weather presenter Al Roker, returned for a special reunion episode of the Today program on December 30, 2013.
After appearing in a piece called “Where are they now?” on April 27, 2014, Pauley began contributing to the CBS Sunday Morning show as a journalist and replacement anchor.
She was appointed as the next anchor of the CBS Sunday Morning program on September 25, 2016. Pauley was supposed to take over for the retiring Charles Osgood. On October 9, 2016, she took over as host of the Sunday Morning program.


  • In 1990, she was named ‘Glamour Woman of the Year.’
  • Pauley was inducted into the Broadcast and Cable Hall of Fame in 1998.
  • She received a Primetime Emmy Award in 2002 for ‘Best Story in a Newsmagazine for her work on ‘Dateline.’
  • Pauley received a Daytime Emmy Award for ‘Outstanding Morning Program’ for her CBS News Sunday Morning broadcast in 2015.
  • The Radio and Television News Directors Association honored her with the Paul White Award for ‘Lifetime Contribution to Journalism.’
  • Pauley received both the Edward R. Murrow Award for ‘Outstanding Achievement’ in television journalism and the Walter Cronkite Award for ‘Excellence in Journalism.’
  • In addition, she received the Gracie Allen Award for ‘Outstanding Achievement by an Individual from American Women in Radio and Television.’

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