Connie Chung (1964)

It was during her Blair years that Connie began showing the talent and drive that would later be the cornerstones to her professional and personal success. After leaving Blair, she attended the University of Maryland, where she majored in journalism and started working toward her career goals. She started working for local TV stations, and became a Washington, D.C.-based correspondent for the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite in the early 1970s, during the Watergate political scandal. Later, she left for the Los Angeles-owned and operated station of CBS, KNXT (now KCBS) which was in the nation’s second largest local market, southern California. She also anchored the CBS Newsbriefs for the west coast stations from the KNXT studios.

She returned with great fanfare to network news as NBC created a new early program, NBC News at Sunrise, which was scheduled right before the Today program. Later, NBC created American Almanac, which she co-hosted with Roger Mudd. She left NBC for CBS where she hosted Saturday Night with Connie Chung, and on June 1, 1993, she became the second woman (after Barbara Walters with ABC in 1976) to co-anchor a major network’s national news.

Connie later accepted a teaching fellowship at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and her work has been recognized through a series of awards, including the prestigious Peabody Award, the Edward R. Morrow Award for Journalism, and several Emmy Awards.