Jane Pauley

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Jane Pauley
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Pauley at the 2012 Time 100
Born Margaret Jane Pauley
(1950-10-31) October 31, 1950 (age 64)
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Journalist
News reporter
News anchor
Television host
Years active 1972–present
Spouse(s) Garry Trudeau (1980–present)
Children 3

Margaret Jane Pauley (born October 31, 1950), better known as Jane Pauley, is an American television anchor and journalist, and has been involved in news reporting since 1975. She is best known for her 13-year tenure on NBC's Today program, followed by 12 years as co-host of Dateline NBC, and for her public acknowledgements of her struggle with bipolar disorder.[1]

Early life[edit]

Pauley competed in debate and public speaking tournaments through the Indiana High School Forensic Association while enrolled at Warren Central High School in Indianapolis. Pauley graduated from Warren Central High School in 1968. She subsequently earned a scholarship to Indiana University, where she was involved in the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. After college, she worked from 1972 to 1975 at WISH in Indianapolis and from 1975 to 1976 at WMAQ in Chicago while also having a house in Pittsburgh where her sister went to work for Westinghouse.[2] From there, she joined network television.



From 1976 to 1989 Pauley was the co-host, with Tom Brokaw from 1976–81 and Bryant Gumbel from 1982–89, of NBC's Today. She also anchored the Sunday edition of NBC Nightly News from 1980-82. Following in the footsteps, both in career and in style, of the first female anchor of the show, Barbara Walters, she became a symbol for professional women, more specifically, female journalists. In her autobiography, "And So It Goes", Pauley's colleague Linda Ellerbee wrote, "She (Pauley) is what I want to be when I grow up". NBC briefly experimented with a trio of anchors, Pauley, Gumbel, and Chris Wallace, before returning to a co-anchor format with Gumbel.[citation needed]

On the set with Tom Brokaw in 1977.

In 1989, following months of conjecture about Pauley's publicly reported dislike of the grueling morning assignment and ambition to work in prime-time television, she announced her resignation from Today. Speculation in the media seemed to imply that NBC executives had eased her out to advance younger NBC newscaster Deborah Norville, who had begun to play a larger role in the two-hour morning program.

After leaving The Today Show, Pauley hosted Real Life with Jane Pauley and served as deputy anchor for NBC Nightly News.

In 1990, Pauley co-hosted the 42nd Primetime Emmy Awards, alongside Candice Bergen and Jay Leno.[3]

Dateline NBC[edit]

From 1992 to 2003, Pauley co-hosted NBC's Dateline NBC. On February 9, 1993, at the end of a regularly scheduled edition of Dateline, Pauley, along with co-host Stone Phillips, delivered a public apology to General Motors on behalf of NBC. While Pauley had no connection to the story, the apology was apparently part of a settlement of a lawsuit resulting from the now debunked 1993 report which aired on Dateline on November 17, 1992.[4][5][6]

The Jane Pauley Show[edit]

In 2004, Pauley returned to television as host of The Jane Pauley Show, a syndicated daytime talk show. On the show, she discussed her bipolar disorder at length. Much like her earlier attempt at solo hosting following her Today tenure, The Jane Pauley Show never gained traction in the ratings and was canceled after one season.

Since the show's cancellation, Pauley has made few appearances on television programs. She led a half-hour discussion on PBS's Depression: Out of the Shadows, which aired in May 2008. She also campaigned publicly for President Obama in her home state of Indiana and participates in the Smart Talk Lecture Series.

In September 2009, Pauley lent her name to the Jane Pauley Community Health Center, a facility in collaboration between the Community Health Network and the Metropolitan School District of Warren Township, Indiana. The center serves the local community, including students and their families, regardless of insurance or income, with an emphasis on integrating medical, dental and behavioral health. Pauley, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2001, insisted that the center address all aspects of wellness.

In 2009, Pauley joined the Board of Directors of The Mind Trust, an Indianapolis-based non-profit organization that supports education innovation and reform.[7] She is also AARP's Ambassador of "Your Life Calling".[8] In this role, Pauley reports on how people age 50+ are reinventing the way they live and work. "Your Life Calling" episodes are featured each month on the Today show.[9]

Pauley is also affiliated with the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT, where she serves on the institute's leadership board. She spoke publicly about her experience with bipolar disorder at the institute’s opening ceremony in 2005, and she also appears in a 2009 video about the research mission of the institute. She also serves on the board of directors and chairs the Advisory Council for the Children's Health Fund in New York City.

Return to Today[edit]

On Monday, December 30, 2013, Pauley, former Today co-host Bryant Gumbel, current Today anchor Matt Lauer and current weather anchor Al Roker (who was live in Pasadena, California) reunited to co-host a special reunion edition of Today.[10]


On Sunday, April 27, 2014 Pauley began contributing to CBS Sunday Morning after the announcement she was joining the program.[11]

On August 10, 2014, Pauley guest-hosted CBS Sunday Morning, and the following day began a weeklong stint as a guest co-host on CBS This Morning, substituting for Gayle King.

On March 15, 2015, Pauley guest hosted ' CBS Sunday Morning.


Personal life[edit]

Pauley is known for revealing very little, if anything, of her private life, which made the disclosure of her bipolar disorder all the more unexpected. The timing of her announcement coincided with the release of her autobiography, Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue (2004) and the launch of her daytime talk show.

In October 2006, Pauley and her lawyers filed a lawsuit against The New York Times for allegedly duping her into lending her name and likeness to an advertising supplement popular with drug companies. Pauley maintains she believed she was being interviewed by a Times reporter.

Pauley is married to the cartoonist Garry Trudeau, author of Doonesbury, and they have three children.


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