Media Star Jane Pauley

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana on October 31 of 1950, media star Jane Pauley is one of the most widely-recognized of the many famous people from Indianapolis. She is best known as a co-host on The Today Show and Dateline NBC, both from the National Broadcasting Company network.

Pauley was active in Warren Central High School debate and speech tournaments before continuing on to Indiana University on a scholarship. She landed a job out of college at the Indy Channel 8 WISH television station, and from there she went to the Chicago television station WMAQ, where she became involved in reporting the news from the year 1975 onward throughout a full and successful career. Network television was just a hop, skip and jump away.

Co-hosting The Today Show with Tom Brokaw and then Bryant Gumble put Jane Pauley squarely in the spotlight as a role model for female journalists. When she left the show in 1989, she hosted a show called Real Life with Jane Pauley, and also co-anchored the NBC Nightly News program from time to time. After that, Pauley was a founding co-host for Dateline NBC from 1992 until 2003.

In 2004, the pretty and popular media news star tried her hand hosting her own syndicated talk show, The Jane Pauley Show, which ran for one season only. It was in that same year that her autobiographiy, Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue, was released.

In 2007, Pauley received the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism. The great man had this to say about her: “I have long been a great admirer of Jane Pauley, whose career embodies the very essence of this award. She is an award-winning journalist and journalism pioneer. Her standard of excellence as a news anchor and her in-depth interviews have earned her the respect of colleagues with whom she’s worked — and those of us who wish we had.”

Jane Pauley is married to another famous person, Garry Trudeau, who soared to the top of the charts with his hit cartoon series, Doonesbury.

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