Like many women in history, Constance Yu-Hwa 'Connie' Chung was a trailblazer and pioneer in her respective field.
The Chinese-American journalist and news anchor was born on August 20, 1946, in Washington, D.C., the nation's capital. As the daughter of a former Chinese diplomat, Chung's interest in the government and politics was piqued at an early age.
Chung received her journalism degree from the University of Maryland in 1969 and started her career in media shortly thereafter. Her very first job was at Washington's WTTG-TV where she worked her way up from a department news secretary to a news reporter. After two short years at the station, Chung was whisked away by CBS News to serve as a Washington correspondent. Chung's first major break was landing an exclusive sit-down interview with former President Richard Nixon at the height of the Watergate Scandal.
During Chung's stint at CBS, she acquired many accolades for her stellar investigating and reporting skills. Her awards ranged from the Certificate of achievement from the U.S. Humane Society in 1969 for series of broadcasts that enhanced public awareness of cruelty in seal hunting to an Emmy Award in 1989 for Outstanding Interview, for her interview of Marlon Brando.
By 1989, Chung was one of the most sought after journalists. Her prestige and impeccable reputation landed her the role as the first woman to co-anchor CBS Evening News, as well as the first Asian and the second woman (after Barbara Walters) to anchor one of America's major network newscasts.
Through Chung's hard work and dedication, she was able to break the glass ceiling in the journalism world and open the floodgates of opportunity for future female journalists to come.
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