Jane Pauley is Anchor of CBS News “Sunday Morning”. She has been one of the most respected figures in American broadcast journalism for more than thirty years, with a television career that spanned morning, daytime, and primetime.
In 1972, Pauley began her journalism career as a “temporary, probationary employee for 90 days” at WISH-TV in her hometown of Indianapolis, but within three years became the first woman to anchor a weekday evening newscast in Chicago at NBC’s WMAQ-TV. Only one year later, Pauley vaulted to the top of network news as co-host of NBC’s Today—she was 25.
For the next thirteen years she interviewed thousands of newsmakers from every walk of life and in locations all over the world—from the Vatican to the Great Wall of China. First teamed with Tom Brokaw and later with Bryant Gumbel, Pauley was on the scene of a dozen presidential nominating conventions. She covered both the royal wedding and the funeral of Princess Diana.
Pauley is recognized as a powerful advocate in the field of mental health. In her memoir, the New York Times bestseller Skywriting: a Life out of the Blue, Pauley wrote candidly about being diagnosed with mental illness at the age of 50, after medical treatment for hives triggered a previously unrecognized vulnerability to bipolar depression. In 2008, the National Alliance on Mental Illness presented Jane with their highest honor, The Rona and Ken Purdy Award, for her national contribution to the fight against discrimination and stigma. Pauley is a member of the Leadership Board of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT.
A graduate of Indiana University, Pauley has been married since 1980 to Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau. They have three children and reside in New York City.