Born in 1946 and raised in D.C. as the youngest of ten (yes, ten) children, Chung got her bachelor's degree in journalism from U-Maryland, College Park. Talk about getting off to a running start, she began her career in the enviable position of being the DC correspondent for CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite during the Watergate scandal.

She spent a few years working for the LA CBS affiliate, and then returned to New York to work on NBC News at Sunrise, slotted right before The Today Show. In 1993 she left NBC to host CBS's Saturday Night with Connie Chung, making her the second woman to anchor a major, national news broadcast (the first was Barbara Walters in 1976).

Her career has had its share of controversy and criticism, including a controversy of a purportedly off-the-record comment by Kathleen Gingrich (mother of Newt), who said her son thought Hilary Clinton was a "bitch," and supposedly disparaging comments about the Oklahoma City Fire Department's inability to "handle" the 1995 bombings. She was also known for lobbing somewhat soft questions, making her a favorite among PR folks looking to smooth over their client's reputations.

In 1984 she married the Jerry Springer-lite talk show host, Maury Povich. She also converted to Judaism for Maury (aww), and the two have a son, Matthew. In 2006, the two began hosting a show together (aww) called Weekends with Maury and Connie on MSNBC.

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