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 65)
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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, which she graduated from 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 then-CBS affiliate WISH-TV in Indianapolis. In 1975 Pauley joined WMAQ-TV in Chicago, marking the beginning of her career with NBC.



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 Today 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.[2]

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.[3][4][5]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

In 2009, Pauley joined the Board of Directors of The Mind Trust, an Indianapolis-based non-profit organization that supports education innovation and reform.[6]Pauley is also affiliated with the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, 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.[citation needed] She also serves on the board of directors and chairs the Advisory Council for the Children's Health Fund in New York City.[citation needed]

Return to Today[edit]

In March 2009, Jane Pauley returned to the TODAY show as a contributor on behalf of a series produced and sponsored by AARP -- "Your Life Calling" profiling people throughout the country age 50+ who were reinventing their lives in new and different ways. The award-winning series was on the air through 2013 and culminated in Pauley's second New York Times best-seller, "Your Life Calling:Reimagining the Rest of Your Life."[citation needed]

On 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.[7]


On April 27, 2014, Pauley began contributing to CBS Sunday Morning as a correspondent.[8] On August 10, 2014, Pauley guest-hosted CBS Sunday Morning, and the following day began a week-long stint as a guest co-host on CBS This Morning, substituting for Gayle King.[citation needed] Pauley again guest-hosted CBS Sunday Morning on March 15 and July 19, 2015', and filled in for Scott Pelley on the CBS Evening News on July 29.[citation needed]


In 1979, the Supersisters trading card set was produced and distributed; one of the cards featured Pauley's name and picture.[9]

In 1998 she won the Paul White Award, from the Radio Television Digital News Association.[10]

Personal life[edit]

She announced her diagnosis of bipolar disorder in 2004, the same year she published her autobiography, Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue, and launched her daytime talk show.[11]

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.[12]

Pauley is married to the cartoonist Garry Trudeau, author of Doonesbury, and they have three children.[13]


  1. ^ "Jane Pauley: Interview by Chet Cooper and Dr. Gillian Friedman". Abilitymagazine.com. Retrieved 2012-04-05. 
  2. ^ O'Connor, John J. (September 18, 1990). "Critic's Notebook; Once Again, the Emmys Perplex". The New York Times. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Dateline Disaster". Ew.com. Retrieved 2015-04-30. 
  4. ^ "Where NBC Went Wrong". Ew.com. Retrieved 2015-04-30. 
  5. ^ "NBC Settles Truck Crash Lawsuit, Saying Test Was 'Inappropriate'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-04-30. 
  6. ^ [1] Archived March 29, 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Jane Pauley, Bryant Gumbel Return To Co-Host 'Today' (VIDEO)". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2015-04-30. 
  8. ^ "Jane Pauley to join CBS' "Sunday Morning"". Cbsnews.com. 10 April 2014. Retrieved 2015-04-30. 
  9. ^ Wulf, Steve (2015-03-23). "Supersisters: Original Roster". Espn.go.com. Retrieved 2015-06-04. 
  10. ^ "Paul White Award". Radio Television Digital News Association. Retrieved 2014-05-27. 
  11. ^ "Jane Pauley shares her story". NBC News. September 4, 2004. Retrieved May 16, 2015. Most at NBC didn't know about her illness or that during a leave from the network, she'd been admitted to a psychiatric clinic. 
  12. ^ "Jane Pauley Sues New York Times Over Ad Supplement". Associated Press via The New York Times. October 26, 2006. Retrieved May 16, 2015. 
  13. ^ Jane Hall (October 27, 1986). "Fighting Off a Few Guilty Tears, Jane Pauley Leaves Her Kids at Home and Heads Back to Work on Today". People. Retrieved May 16, 2015. 

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