Spreading Good News (Post 550 – WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: Connie Chung, Asian Trailblazer)

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GET INSPIRED and/or GET MOTIVATED and/or GET INFORMED and/or GET AWE-STRUCK and/or GET A BREAK FROM ALL THE NEGATIVE NEWS and to tell readers about our good, short books and our online store.











~ Joyce Fields


The Candle-Lighter Award and the Sunshine Award

Thank you very much to www.living4bliss.wordpress.com for presenting me with the Candle-Lighter Award and the Sunshine Award.  I truly appreciate the recognition!

Both of these awards are for a blog or post that is positive and brings light into the world.

I started this “Good News” blog in July 2010 because I was tired of and disgusted by all the negative news and information.  I wanted to give people positive news and information.  I’m having a great time looking for, receiving, and posting these pieces!  Stay tuned!!

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We all should know more about the contributions that women have made in order to make this world a better place.

In honor of “Women’s History Month,” I will be Spreading Good News with frequent posts of informative, educational, entertaining pieces about the contributions and accomplishments of women.

I hope you enjoy this piece!

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH:  Connie Chung, Asian Trailblazer

Connie Chung is an American journalist.  The daughter of a Chinese diplomat, she immediately launched her career after graduating from the University of Maryland.  Her first job was at WTTG-TV in D.C.  Shortly after being hired by CBS News, she interviewed Nixon during the Watergate scandal.  She has since worked for every major TV network.

Born August 20, 1946, and raised in Washington, D.C., as one of five surviving daughters of a Chinese diplomat.  Connie Chung received her journalism degree from the University of Maryland in 1969 and immediately launched her journalism career at Washington’s WTTG-TV, ultimately working her way up to reporter.  Two years later, she was hired away by CBS News to work as a Washington-based correspondent.  There, Chung scored her first big interview: an exclusive sit-down with President Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal.

From 1976 to 1983, Chung worked and lived in Los Angeles as the lead news anchor for local CBS affiliate KCBS.  It was in L.A. that Chung began a relationship with Maury Povich, a talk show host and old friend from their days as co-workers at WTTG.  After seven years of dating, the pair married in 1984.  “One day in the autumn of 1984 she called me up and said we could get married now,” Povich recalled.  “When asked how come, she answered calmly, ‘Because I found a dress.'”  It would be 18 months before the newlyweds’ careers allowed them to live together in the same city.  They settled in New York in 1986.

Face to Face With Connie Chung
In 1983, Chung moved to NBC.  By the time her contract came up for renewal in 1989, she had become one of the most popular journalists in television news.  After a fierce bidding war, Chung signed a three-year deal with CBS.  She launched a program called Face to Face With Connie Chung, which mixed hard news with celebrity-friendly feature interviews.  The program was popular with viewers, but many media critics questioned whether Chung was focusing on entertainment over information.  The New York Times, for example, asked: “The question remains, is this program news?  And, if so, what sort of news?”

Just months after starting, Chung quit the program, issuing a statement that she was leaving her grueling work schedule to focus on having a baby.  “Time is running out for me when it comes to childbearing,” said Chung, then 44.  Her efforts to conceive a child proved unsuccessful.  Povich and Chung adopted their son, Matthew, in June 1995.

CBS Controversy
In June 1993, CBS announced, to much fanfare, that the network would make Chung co-anchor of the nightly news broadcast, alongside longtime lead Dan Rather.  Chung was only the second woman ever (after Barbara Walters) to hold one of the main network anchor chairs.  At the same time, she launched a newsmagazine called Eye to Eye with Connie Chung.  Like the short-lived Face to Face with Connie Chung before it, the program mixed coverage of serious news like the Israeli/Palestinian peace accords with soft, pop-culture stories.

Chung landed in hot water in 1995 after she prompted Kathleen Gingrich, the 68-year-old mother of then-Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, to admit that her son had called First Lady Hillary Clinton “a bitch.”  The elder Gingrich made the comment after Chung said, “Why don’t you just whisper it to me, just between you and me?”  Though Chung said it was clear she was being playful, many viewers felt she had entrapped Gingrich.

Faltering Career
Concerns over her interviewing style, and Dan Rather’s reported resentment at having to share the anchor role, doomed the Chung-Rather on-air partnership.  In May 1995, CBS informed Chung that it was removing her from the co-anchor chair, offering the lower position of weekend and substitute anchor.  Chung declined, requesting instead to be let out of her contract.


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~ Joyce Fields



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About Line of Serenity (Joyce Fields)

As a thought leader for today's generation, I choose to be part of the solution and am doing things that positively impact people's lives. In addition to being a happy, married (since 1967!) woman, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, I have over 40 years' experience in "Corporate America": Stenographer, Secretary, Supervisor, Analyst, Office Manager, Executive Assistant. I am also a professional proofreader and the author of 10 books (mostly non-fiction)--http://www.GoodShortBooks.com).
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5 Responses to Spreading Good News (Post 550 – WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: Connie Chung, Asian Trailblazer)

  1. She is one of the most savvy journalists around.

  2. living4bliss says:

    I loved her. I didn’t know what happened to her. Now I know.

    I bet the now ex-Mrs. Gingrich would probably tell the truth about the comment now.

  3. Lord G says:

    That was good! That’s cold how they tried to play her!

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