Jane Pauley

Born Oct 31, 1950

Margaret Jane Pauley is an American television journalist, and has been involved in news reporting since 1975. She is most known for her 13-year tenure on NBC's Today program and later 12 years of Dateline NBC, and has acknowledged publicly her struggle with mental health and bipolar disorder.… Read More

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1950 Birth Jane Pauley, born on Halloween day, 1950, is a fifth generation Hoosier, the second child of Richard and Mary Pauley. … Read More


1968 17 Years Old After graduating high school in 1968, Pauley attended Indiana University, majoring in political science. … Read More


1972 21 Years Old In 1972, after completing her college courses a semester early, Pauley auditioned for a job as a reporter at CBS affiliate WISH-TV in Indianapolis where the news director Lee Giles told New York Magazine July 23, 1990: “She really came through the camera like nobody I had ever seen before in an audition. … Read More
1975 24 Years Old After three years at WISH-TV, in 1975, Pauley joined veteran anchor Floyd Kalber at NBC affiliate WMAQ-TV to become Chicago's first woman co-anchor on a major evening newscast, marking the beginning of her career with NBC. … Read More
1976 25 Years Old 1 More Event
On her first official day as co-host, October 11, 1976, after being welcomed by then host Tom Brokaw, Pauley said: "Every story I’ve seen begins by noting that a year and a half ago Jane Pauley was a second string news reader in Indianapolis. … Read More
1980 29 Years Old 1 More Event
She also anchored the Sunday edition of NBC Nightly News from 1980–82. … Read More


1983 32 Years Old In 1983, after giving birth to twins following a very public pregnancy, Pauley became a role model to working mothers. … Read More
The Detroit Free Press wrote on September 27, 1989 that Jane Pauley in some ways represents the best of women in television, that she never took it too seriously, that she knew the difference between television and real life, and that her family counted more than her ratings. … Read More
Always intrigued by change, Pauley’s return to the air on NBC came in the form of a primetime special appropriately titled "Changes: Conversations with Jane Pauley," which aired on March 13, 1990. … Read More


1991 40 Years Old They were also ratings hits, and in January, 1991 NBC launched the half hour series Real Life with Jane Pauley on Sunday nights. … Read More
1992 41 Years Old Pauley co-anchored Dateline from 1992 – 2003 along with Stone Phillips.
1993 42 Years Old Dateline made its own news on February 9, 1993, when at the end of a regularly scheduled edition of Dateline, Pauley and Phillips delivered a public apology to General Motors on behalf of NBC as part of the settlement of a lawsuit regarding the failure to disclose the use of an incendiary device in a story about the safety of a General Motors pickup truck which aired on Dateline on November 17, 1992. … Read More


2003 52 Years Old In 2003, Pauley surprised NBC by declining to renegotiate her expiring contract. … Read More
2004 53 Years Old Ironically, Pauley’s decision to leave Dateline resulted in the offer of a daytime talk show. In 2004, Pauley returned to television as host of The Jane Pauley Show, a syndicated daytime talk show distributed by NBC Universal. … Read More
2008 57 Years Old 1 More Event
Following the show's cancellation, Pauley's appearances on television included leading a half-hour discussion on PBS's Depression: Out of the Shadows, which aired in May 2008.
2009 58 Years Old In March 2009, Pauley returned to the Today show as a contributor hosting a weekly segment, "Your Life Calling," sponsored by AARP, which profiled people throughout the country age 50+ who were reinventing their lives in new and different ways.


2013 62 Years Old 1 More Event
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.
2014 63 Years Old On April 27, 2014, Pauley began contributing to CBS Sunday Morning as a correspondent and occasional substitute host. … Read More
2016 65 Years Old It was announced on September 25, 2016 that Pauley will take over as host of CBS Sunday Morning following the retirement of Charles Osgood. “We first got to know Jane when we did a story about her on ‘Sunday Morning,’” said Rand Morrison, the show’s executive producer, in a statement. “Our viewers immediately responded by suggesting she belonged on ‘Sunday Morning’ permanently. … Read More
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