Jane Pauley is a well established journalist who started her career in Indianapolis and moved on to Chicago, where she became the first woman to co-anchor a weeknight news program.
In 1976 Pauley began her 13-year tenure as co-anchor of NBC's "Today," at the age of 25. First teamed with Tom Brokaw and then, beginning in 1982 with Bryant Gumbel, she interviewed thousands of newsmakers. She co-anchored "Today" from locations all over the world, including London for the weddings of Prince Charles and Prince Andrew; Rome, where "Today" televised its audience with Pope John Paul II; and the Great Wall of China. Along with Gumbel, she was named 1986 Broadcaster of the Year by the International Radio and Television Society and Best in the Business by the "Washington Journalism Review" in 1990.
Pauley anchored the Sunday evening newscasts from January 1980 until April 1982, as well as "Real Life with Jane Pauley," which premiered in January 1991. She anchored "Time & Again," the retrospective news program on MSNBC from July 1996-2001. In addition, she has presented several documentaries on NBC, including "Women, Work and Babies," which won a 1985 Humanitas Award.
Pauley has been honored with many awards for her work, including multiple Emmy Awards, an Edward R. Murrow Award, the RTNDA's prestigious Paul White Award for her lifetime contribution to electronic journalism, and the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation's Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award. In addition, she was awarded the first national Matrix Award from the Association for Women in Communications, the AWRT's Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Achievement by an Individual, and was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame in 1998. Pauley has also been the recipient of a Clarion Award, a National Press Foundation Award, a Gabriel Award, a Nancy Susan Reynolds Award, a Maggie Award, a Wilbur Award from the Religious Public Relations Council and a Salute to Excellence Award from the National Association of Black Journalists. She was named Communicator of the Year by the National Forensic League and was honored with a Living Legend Award by the Indiana Historical Society.
Pauley is a trustee of the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation, serves on the Advisory Board of Freedom from Hunger, and is the Honorary Chairperson of the Advisory Board of the Children's Health Fund. Pauley is also a fellow with the Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ) and Honorary Chair of the SPJ's Jane Pauley Task Force on Mass Communication Education. She is also a past board member of PENCIL (Public Education Needs Civic Involvement in Learning).
She has received honorary degrees from Notre Dame University, Providence College, DePauw University and her alma mater, Indiana University, where she received a bachelor's degree in political science.
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