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Jane Pauley Named New Host of ‘CBS Sunday Morning’ (In the News)

More than 25 years after she left NBC’s Today show, Jane Pauley is returning to the anchor chair on a morning network news program, when she succeeds Charles Osgood on CBS Sunday Morning.

The announcement was made last Sunday as Osgood, 83, stepped down from the job he has held for more than 22 years.

Pauley brings vast experience to the post. She succeeded Barbara Walters as co-host of Today in 1976, working alongside Tom Brokaw then Bryant Gumbel. After she left the program in 1989, she went on to co-anchor Dateline NBC from 1992 to 2003.

In making the announcement, Rand Morrison, executive producer of Sunday Morning, said:  

We first got to know Jane when we did a story about her on Sunday Morning. Our viewers immediately responded by suggesting she belonged on Sunday Morning permanently. And — as is so often the case, they were right.  She’s a dedicated, experienced broadcast journalist. But — every bit as important — she’s a delight to work with.  A worthy successor — and a perfect fit.

Pauley, 65, is tackling this new job at a time when many women are winding down their careers and looking to retirement, and she’s doing that in an industry that can be less than welcoming to women over the age of 40. Her age has been a point of discussion throughout her career. When she joined Today at age 26, she was the young, fresh face that replaced Walters, who was in her late 40s and moving on to co-anchor the evening news on ABC. When she left Today at age 39, and was replaced by 31-year-old Deborah Norville, it was widely believed that Pauley had been pushed out, although everyone involved denied that.

Since then she has shown that it is possible for women to forge ahead in their careers on their own terms. We’re looking forward to seeing how Pauley makes her new job her own, putting her stamp on it with the same style and class she has done everything up till now.

 

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  • Andrea October 2, 2016 at 9:58 am

    This wonderful program needed a new host – Jane Pauley is a wonderful role model for the WVFC demographic-I tape this program and watch it at my leisure.

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  • Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. September 30, 2016 at 8:03 am

    I am thrilled that I will have another reason to watch CBS Sunday Morning: Jane Pauley, back in the anchor chair on a morning network news program, heading this truly American weekly television program. Ms. Pauley speaks to and for so many women in our demographic: the women who believe that the second half of life can be reinvented and lived fully. It is just wonderful that we can look at Ms. Pauley and say, “This is what 65 looks like, sounds like and really is. Great choice, CBS!

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